Yotel to Open Pod-like Hotel in New York

by Tiffany Millar on March 2, 2010

Yotel, the accommodation operator that features pod-like rooms, is set to open a hotel in Time Square. The company’s rooms are called cabins, as they are inspired by first-class airline cabins. They currently have hotels in Heathrow, Gatwick and Schiphol airports, but the cabins in New York will be about twice the size of these.

Yotel was established by YO! Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe and his partner Gerard Greene. They charge £25 for 4-hour stays in their hotel cabins in Europe, as they are made to be a resting place for travelers who are waiting for flights. They currently offer Twin, Standard and Premium cabins, with Accessible cabins available by phone.

However, the new hotel in Time Square will be available for overnight stays that will cost from $200 to $250 per night. Woodroffe noted that the Holy Grail of accommodations in the 21st century will be to deliver what wealthy people have at lower prices for everyone to enjoy.

A press release described the Yotel cabins as a true haven for calm. The rooms will have relaxing purple mood lighting, rejuvenating monsoon rain showers, luxury bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi and the signature techno wall at Yotel that features a flat screen television. There will also be a restaurant and bar, an outside terrace and business lounges at the hotel.

This new Yotel will be opening in a 25-story tower in 2011 with 669 cabins. It will be managed by some 200 staff, excluding franchised beverage and food operations. The company believes that this will be largest hotel opening in New York next year.

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