Unimat opens first cabin-style hotel on Ishigaki
Unimat Precious Co., a company in charge of resort business of the Unimat Group, is opening “Blue Cabin Ishigakijima” on Oct. 15, which is the first low-cost cabin-style hotel for the company.
The new hotel is a compact inn with 150 single rooms. One-night stay in the hotel including breakfast starts from ¥5,700. According to Unimat Precious, there is currently a number of this kind of hotels in Tokyo, but Blue Cabin is the first within Okinawa. The company expects an occupancy rate of 70 to 75% for the new hotel, and aims at sales of ¥300 million per year.
The company purchased and renovated Hotel Harbor Ishigakijima at the cost of 400 million yen. The facility is located at the center of the city near Ishigaki Ferry Terminal, from where boats and ferries connect Ishigaki with Yaeyama’s remote islands. The target customers are both individual travelers, like backpackers, and group travelers, because of the hotel’s easy accessibility.
The hotel stands on 719 square meters of land, and has a total floor space of 1,588 square meters. The hotel building has five floors, and each room has a floor space of 3 square meters. The first floor has a bakery and restaurant, and a large public bath for men. The second and third floor rooms are for male customers, and the fourth floor is reserved for women. The fifth floor has a charter room for groups or families. Each floor has a shared bath and toilet. On the fourth floor there is a Jacuzzi for women. The entrance to each room is covered with a rolling shade but each floor can be locked. Each room has a bed, safety box, TV, and free Wi-Fi.
Tatsushi Nakada, a supervisor at Unimat Yaeyama Resort, says that, “Although the new hotel is a compact inn, it offers security and privacy. It’s useful for private travelers, and we are expecting to receive travelers from foreign countries whose numbers has been increasing lately.