YOtel will launch its brand in the United States in June 2011, with the opening of YOtel New York located on West 42nd Street and 10th Avenue at Times Square West. Featuring 669 stylish cabins, this will be the brand’s first opening outside of its current international airport locations and the largest hotel opening in New York in 2011.
Japan’s capsule hotels were the inspiration for YOtel, which already operate at Gatwick, Heathrow and Schipol airports. The rooms are very small, but then so are the prices when compared to other airport hotels. It is proposed that the cost of a standard room at the Manhattan YOtel will be $147 per night.
There are some differences between YOtel and a normal hotel, such as check in, as guests check in at airline style kiosks.
Luggage is handled by Yobot, the world’s first luggage robot which is a radical approach to storing left luggage; it’s fun, it’s efficient and it is only the beginning of baggage management.
YOtel’s Premium Cabins come with: Motorised moving beds for saving space, monsoon shower, Technowall with TV, music and power services, a workstation, free WiFi and complimentary breakfast….
The YOtel will feature eighteen First Class Cabins and 3 VIP 2 Cabin Suites, which come with private outdoor terraces and hot tubs.
YOtel New York will also feature 18,000 square feet of flexible work and entertainment space:
There will be a Dohyo restaurant, the Japanese word for the Sumo wrestling platform and descriptive of YOtel’s original table sharing concept for which tables lower and raise for Japanese style seating and a performance entertainment area out of dining hours; also a Club Lounge with individual Club Cabins for meetings and private parties, bar and a DJ booth; and a Studio for meetings, yoga, cinema, events and parties.
The Terrace, New York’s largest outdoor hotel space features two bars, pagodas, fire, and blankets for autumn evenings