YOTEL New York
What We Love
- All rates include continental breakfast (muffins; coffee or tea)
- Sundowners on the huge roof deck with views of the Hudson River and Chrysler Building
- Cabins with terraces have private hot tubs
What To Know
- Beware light sleepers: While windows are well soundproofed, walls between cabins and to the corridors are thin
- Bathrooms are open-plan and have glass doors (not for the shy)
- Although the cabins are styled to resemble pod hotels, First Cabin King Rooms are a spacious 336 square feet
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
At the corner of 10th Avenue and 42nd Street, Yotel is a 669-room hotel of the future, complete with Jetsons–meets–Vanilla Sky interiors. Self check-in is done via a kiosk in the white-on-white lobby, the Asian fusion restaurant turns into a dance floor at the flip of a table-retracting switch, and left luggage gets deposited into lockers by a giant robot with a 60-foot hydraulic arm.
Bed and Bath
The first big city outing for the Yotel brand (started by Yo! Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe), the $315 million development comprises 669 cabins on 27 floors — a staggering number explained by Woodroffe’s fondness for first-class airplane cabins and Japan’s famous pod hotels. Cabins range from minute to apartment-like, but all share a Tetris-style approach to space saving. Motorized beds are left in the upright (and locked) position, a single rail replaces space-hogging wardrobes, and open-plan bathrooms are enclosed behind a sliding glass door. A flat-screen TV and plug for your iPad/Phone/Pod form part of the “techno wall,” and floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a gritty New York cityscape.
All guest floors have communal galleys with coffee and tea facilities, microwaves and vending machines for those on a budget. Or you can sample the pan-Asian bites at the fourth-floor restaurant, Dohyo, named for and styled like a Japanese wrestling ring. The bar, which attracts a cocktail-loving crowd at night, becomes a breakfast buffet of free muffins and coffee the next morning. The enormous wraparound terrace attracts a party-loving crowd to its “Bottomless Brunch” on Saturday mornings and the DJ dance party late on Saturday nights. There’s also an on-site gym, movie screening room, yoga studio and event space.
How to Get There
I stayed here with my mom during a conference I was speaking at in NYC. The rooms are small and sparse, with no coffee maker / kettle or fridge. They lent me a small (size of a shoebox) for my medication, but it barely kept them cool. It was quite a tight space for 2 people, but we made it work. The staff were very friendly, the vibe very cool and different, and the gym was excellent (free weights, elliptical, treadmills, bikes, Peleton, rowing machine). Great location with close proximity to Javits Conference Center and the broadway district. Would probably stay here again, but would pay price offered online rather than the inflated conference price that I paid.
We stayed there for 2 nights. It was small but adequate. Everything has it's place. I liked the glass windows in the bathroom with just enough privacy screens to keep you confortable. It's like your showering under the stars. Modern and clean. We would stay there again.
A great place to stay in the heart of new York city. Convenient storing of luggages before check in and after check out through YOBOT. Pricy for a priceless experience that you will not regret. We shall return!
The hotel is great at a great location few minutes walk from time square.. Everything was good I just want to say if yotel can have kettles in there rooms would be good.. I loved it the staff where good and for sure coming back again....
Good location, clean tidy hotel, but watch out for their $40 USD PER NIGHT facility fees that the charge above and beyond your booking. They don't disclose this, it's just gets added on to your VISA at a whim. Also, WATCH OUT for the "airport shuttles" they offer. Charged my wife and I $85 for a trip to Newark Airport! A 16 mile drive! Absolutely insane over charge. Although I would stay here again, there is absolutely no way I would get sucked into their additional fees and terrible shuttle service. Take a cab or an Uber.