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15 Nov ’11

Yotel In New York, The Affordable First Class Hotel | Hotel Design



The first location for the Yotel Hotel outside of Europe is on West 42nd Street and 10th Avenue in Manhattan’s  theater district. The YOTEL New York at Times Square is sleek, futuristic, and compact, inspired by luxury airline travel with a hint of Japanese influence. Most of the 669 “cabins” are 170-square-foot modular spaces, except the VIP Two Cabin suites, which measure 1,100 square feet and boast 180-degree panoramic views of the city.The project on Yotel Hotel NYC involves the collaboration of Rockwell Group and Softroom – UK-based design firm, it features 20,000 sqft of flexible and dynamic entertainment space including the largest hotel terrace in the city.

Rockwell group created this particular hospitality design with a series of façade, public spaces and guest rooms which will capture the senses of travelers who are always on the go and tech-savvy. Amenities include: Automated check in and out, Free WiFi, Monsoon showers with all over body wash, Flat screen TV’s, Workstations with multi power points.



It has a fully automated check-in service featuring the Yobot – theatrically lit robotic baggage drop-off machine. There is nothing classic about the Yotel Hotel NYC from the robot porter to the different amenities and even on its design everything is contemporary.











YOTEL was created by YO! Founder Simon Woodroffe OBE and YOTEL CEO Gerard Greene. The idea was conceived by Simon after he was upgraded into first class on a British Airways flight. He decided to translate the language and the luxury of airline travel and a touch of Japanese influence into a small but luxurious cabin.

Gerard had spent years staying in boring and expensive hotels and decided to do something about it. In 2002 he met with Simon, secured funding for a prototype cabin from our partners IFA Hotels & Resorts and then pulled together a team to evolve Simons idea into reality. Together they embarked on an incredible journey to to open the first airport hotel in 2007.


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