Opened in June 2011, the 669-room YOTEL New York in Times Square is unlike anything else in Manhattan with a trendy, space age design created by aircraft designers for next generation meeting attendees. It’s been called “The iPod of Hotels” with efficient “Cabin” rooms, high-tech amenities, an attractive price point and 20,000 sf of meeting space.
Upon entry, the vibe may remind you of The Jetsons when you enter the “Mission Control” check-in. Yobot—a robot arm—helps sort bags, and the lobby is filled with low slung, high-concept furniture straight out of 2001 Space Odyssey. YOTEL operates with a Zen-like priority on functionality and comfort first and foremost, combined with a Japanese hipster atmosphere and nightlife vibe.
The intimate cabins feature movable beds, heated towel racks and a tech-wall with fully wired desks. Everything is designed as one integrated unit, almost like a cruise ship to maximize the use of space, which helps facilitate YOTEL’s attractive rates
In the the lobby lounge, the glass-walled Club Cabins with TVs and tables are rentable by the hour for up to 10 guests. Adjacent to the lounge, the outdoor terrace is among the largest in New York.
DohYo is a 115-seat Sumo wrestling-themed restaurant with hydraulic seating and a fun Pan-Asian tapa menu, including dishes such as pork belly tacos, spicy tuna sushi, seared scallops and salt-and-pepper calamari. Most are priced between $6 and $12.
FOUR, the hotel’s meeting space, includes the 3,500-sf Club Lounge with a 4,000-sf private terrace and eight Club Cabins. StudiYo offers 2,000 sf flexible event lounge that can be reconfigured for any number of meetings and events. The area has large windows with loads of natural light, great city views, a cinema screen and tables that can be split into a pair of pool tables.