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
Although the room is small it is well set up, everything you need is there. I did think the queen size bed was a bit small. We took our breakfast around the corner, very nice coffee/supermarket bar, with lots of choice. The restaurant in the hotel is great, we even had just desserts a couple of times. Just 2 blocks from the metro and Time Square.
The rooms, or pods as they referred to, are quite compact, but we found it more than adequate for our needs. The staff are friendly, welcoming and helpful. Had one incident where a bar member added a $10 tip without my consent, but this was dealt with swiftly without fuss by the management.
The hotel is in a good location for the city, particularly Times Square and not far from Grand Central Station. It has a lovely roof-top bar, patio area that you can relax in after a mad day in New York City.
I really loved this hotel concept. It has a futuristic vibe to it with self serve check in/check out that's highly efficient. There is a common space on another floor with a nice rooftop patio and conceirge service. The room was nicely designed; very compact but very comfortable and thoughtful in the design. All the staff we met were very friendly and helpful. The location was great! walking distance from times square, subway/train station, hell's kitchen and the hudson river. I'd definitely stay here again.
The room was very compact room but also very stylish and I had a cool view of the city. Elevator music was cheesy and always made me laugh. Check in and out was v efficient. Had to pay for luggage storage only $4 for 2 bags but I hadn’t expected it.
Location is amazing, so close to Times Square
Room 824 corner with Balcony King + sofa bed is great! I loved the outdoor lounge and bar.
I didn’t want to be too close to Times Square because of the crowds. I don’t mind walking and kinda necessary to balance all the awesome food and dessert places NYC has to offer. There are plenty of restaurants , CVS across the street. Able to catch an Uber fairly quickly . Uber Ride from JFK is about an hour $60. Please visit the Cantina Rooftop down the street for great tacos, sangria and open ambiance. Another must do is Totto Ramen on 366 52nd street. If you feel ridiculous. Do a s’more Ice cream donut sandwich at Holey Cream.