YOTEL has announced its US debut this June in New York off Times Square. At 42nd Street and Tenth Avenue, the YO! Company hotel will mark the UK hotel's first opening outside of its current international airport locations, in London and Amsterdam.
Conceived by founder Simon Woodroffe and realized by YOTEL CEO Gerard Greene, YOTEL was designed in collaboration by architecture and design firm Rockwell Group and SoHo-based SOFTROOM Architects London, after a flight upgrading Woodroffe to First class inspired him to merge luxury airline travel and Japanese capsule hotels.
Featuring 669 stylish cabins, this will be the brand's first opening outside of its current international airport locations. Upon check-in at the airline-style kiosks, guests' luggage will be ferried by the hotel's luggage robot.
Within the Premium Cabins, motorized moving beds for saving space can be shifted to accommodate preference for the monsoon shower, technowall with TV, music and power services and workstation in the space. Each measuring under 200 square feet, 18 First Class Cabins and three VIP 2 Cabin Suites come with private outdoor terraces and hot tubs.
Guests can try Woodroffe's inspiration first-hand at Dohyo restaurant (the Japanese word for the Sumo wrestling platform and descriptive of the hotel's table-sharing concept), where tables lower and raise for Japanese style seating and a performance entertainment area during non-dining hours.
During their stay, the Club Lounge's bar, DJ booth Club Cabins can accommodate meetings and private parties, as will Studiyo, which is also available for yoga, movie screenings and other events. At The Terrace, guests can enjoy the outdoor space, featuring two bars, pagodas, fire, and blankets throughout the city's colder months.
Other locations include London's Gatwick South terminal, London's Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 and Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.