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
The hotel was really good - clean and great location. Check-in and check-out are so easy. The only problem - the bathroom. The toilet itself doesn't have a door that shuts all the way, it's more like a curtain which means that if you have any amount of shyness you have to ask the person you're with to leave the room or you have to leave the room every time someone needs to use the toilet.
My property was stolen and I was sent to a bogus site to make my claim. I called them and was given the run around until I finally spoke with Security which was who gave me the bogus website. The location is excellent but be careful with leaving your valuables out.
This was my 1st stay at a Yotel, I usually stay at a Four Seasons or Marriot. Yotel was a fun unique experience and a big part of that was the excellent staff. Friendly and professional and very helpful.
Restaurant fare was very good, fabulous NY views from my room and patio, excellent location. Really enjoyed the experience and will definately stay at this Yotel or try another in another city.