YOtel Debuts First North American Property

British pod hotel brand YOtel makes its debut in North America with the opening of its first city hotel and property in New York. Located 2 blocks west of Times Square, the new YOtel New York is close to Manhattan’s business and entertainment addresses with easy access to public transport links.


Automation features highly at the technology-heavy hotel. Guests check-in/out using airport-style automated stations, while luggage can be handed to the Yobot (a 15-foot robotic arm) for storage in the lockers at the sleek lobby area. Designed by Rockwell Group in collaboration with Softroom, the space’s electric purple mood lighting and white colourscheme draws parallels to the acclaimed Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London’s Heathrow Airport.


The clean lines and stylish design continues to the cabins, which are based on the concept of airline classes ranging from the 15.5-square meter Premium Cabin to the 29.7-square meter First Cabin. Each is furnished with a Queen-sized bed, bathroom with monsoon shower, a Technowall with LCD television, high-speed internet access and workstation, with the latter also incorporating a lounge seating area.


As the brand’s first full-service property, YOtel New York offers several dining outlets onsite for guests and New Yorkers. The Dohyo Restaurant & Bar is an Asian-Mexican fusion establishment named after a sumo wrestling ring with hydraulically-rising tables that transform into performance spaces, while diners can relax at the all-day dining Green Lounge overlooking the inflatable cabanas and bars of the outdoor Terrace below. The Club Lounge & Bar is a chic communal party space with live DJ performances at 2200 hrs each night, where guests can rent a cabin for greater privacy and intimate gatherings.


With its open spaces, comfortable couches and a full range of audio-visual equipment, the hotel’s Studiyo is ideal for meetings, events and parties. Providing a one-stop support for guest requirements is the aptly-named Mission Control concierge desk.


YOtel’s global portfolio now comprises 4 properties in Europe and North America. YOtel New York joins its sister hotels YOtel London Gatwick Airport, YOtel London Heathrow Airport and YOtel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.


For more information, visit www.yotel.com.


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