The Red Bulletin November 2019 (UK)


The Superior Cockpit Room at the Haneda Excel: go to sleep in Tokyo and wake up in, er… Tokyo

When touching down after a long

flight, the last thing most people

want to think about is having

to board another aeroplane. But

that’s clearly not the case for

every traveller. Which is why the

Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu has

just created a guest room that

allows visitors to continue their

flight experience.

Named the ‘Superior Cockpit

Room’, the new space is fitted

with a flight simulator that

mimics a Boeing 737-800 flight

from Tokyo to Osaka’s Itami

Airport. Also on hand is an

instructor with extensive

experience of piloting Boeing

planes, so guests can learn to

fly like a pro.

There is some meaning

behind this madness: the hotel

is connected to Tokyo’s Haneda

International Airport and boasts

a view of two of the main

runways from most of its rooms,

so it’s already a favourite

stopover for flight enthusiasts.

“We wanted to create

something very ‘airport hotel’,”

says a representative for the

Haneda Excel. “Under the

guidance of a former captain

who actually has a lot of flight

experience, you can experience

the operation of the aeroplane.”

A night in the twin-bedded

room costs 25,300 yen (£195)

per night. However, guests

cannot simply book in and

play pilot all night long: the

90-minute flight simulation

costs an extra 30,000 yen

(£230) on top of the standard

room rate and must only be

controlled with an instructor

present at all times. Also,

guests are strictly forbidden

from entering the simulator

unsupervised or touching its

handles at any other point

during their stay.

If you fancy a turn in the

simulator at the Haneda Excel,

you’d better act fast: the room

has been entirely booked up

for its first two months, and

there are only a few upcoming

vacancies remaining.


The ultimate

flying visit

Check into the Japanese hotel with a lifesize

Boeing flight simulator in one of its rooms



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