The Yotel: A New Model for Hotels?
As many new office and residential projects now contain less “private” space and more “communal” space, hotels appear to be evolving in the same direction, with smaller rooms and more common amenities. One example is the Yotel New York, a Times Square hotel that opened in 2011 and features 170-square-foot “cabins” along with expansive common spaces that include a galley kitchen on each floor, four bars, a restaurant, lounge areas, and the city’s largest hotel terrace. To learn more, watch this two-minute video.
Inspired by Japanese “pod” hotels, the first yotels opened at London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports in 2007. Yotel New York was designed by Rockwell Group in collaboration with Softroom of London. It features an automated check-in/check-out process, the world’s only robotic luggage concierge, workstations with free printing and private “club cabins” that can be used for meetings or parties, as well as 20,000 square feet of flexible, dynamic entertainment space. Yotel’s smaller rooms may be just as comfortable as larger ones elsewhere. Created by aircraft designers, they feature free Wi-Fi, “entertainment walls” with televisions and i-Pod docks, safes that accommodate laptop computers and convertible, space-saving beds. Bathrooms include monsoon showerheads and heated towel racks.
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