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Free wine and makeup: Japan's tiny hotels add touch of luxury

Capsule accommodations try to broaden their appeal to women and tourists

At Inn Hotel Nagoya has a dedicated make-up room for capsule pod guests, featuring more than 50 amenities. (Photo courtesy of At Inn Hotels)

NAGOYA, Japan -- Eager to shake the image of capsule hotels as cheap accommodations of last resort, operators in Nagoya are opening up "premium" locations with unique perks like free wine.

These so-called luxury capsule hotels aim to fill the gap between conventional hotels, which cost upwards of $100 per guest per night, and regular capsule hotels, known for their sparse amenities and rooms the size of sleeping-car bunks.

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