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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Well located, clean, lovely staff, great terrace bar, nice food/drink selection. Good price. The digital check in/out, reclining bed and robot are fun editions and made our stay easy. Would definitely recommend for budget stays within a c.10 minute walk of Times Square.
Enjoyed our no frills stay great location easy walking distance to theaters and uss intreped . Asked for a fridge to refrigerate some perishables and was provided a small 6 pack sized model which worked but dont expect to fit much in it.
If travelling solo, this is great. Even with a partner, the lack of separation between the bed and bathroom may be awkward to some. Location is good. View from even a lower floor was great. I don't think I needed to talk to any staff, but they were there if I need them. Some of the check in kiosks were not functional, not the best first impression, but once I found a functional one it was easy.
This hotel is very different from many i have stayed in in NYC. Had no problem with the kiosk in lobby that dispensed room key. Fast and efficient. My room was about the size of a walk in closet. That being said, it was so strategically designed that I really didn't need more room. Certainly not for everyone. I was surprised to find the bed had only a bottom sheet on it and a top sheet FOLDED up at the bottom of it. Not sure what that is about?? Glad room had excellent temperature control cause there was no blanket. But really, they don't make the bed?
Location is excellent! I was able to walk to theater and to Penn Station.
The accommodations fee of $40 seemed steep but i knew about it ahead of time so no surprise there. Checked out at 7:30 AM and fortunately went over final bill. I was charged $50 for a "late check out." The sun was barely up. Anyway, went to FOUR (command central) and was told it would be taken off my bill. Again, up and down. Took it off bill but it seemed like they were doing me a favor. I actually stood there thanking the person rather than accepting an apology. (it was early....I hadn't had coffee).
Anyway, it was a unique experience. Hotel was spotlessly clean and I was only in it for sleeping. So it was fine. If you are someone who likes to lounge around your room, this isn't for you. But if you just want a clean place with a super comfy bed (that you have to make), this hotel will work for you.
This hotel is a bit out the norm , but not in a bad way. The rooms where clean and well maintained. Everything you need . Would recommend to family and friends and would return. Central for everything plus plenty if deli's and convenience stores on the doorstep.