About Yotel New York at Times Square
The Yotel New York at Times Square – at 20,000 square feet and with 669 rooms, the largest hotel to open in New York City in 2011 – is equally inspired by both the capsule hotels popular in Japan and also air travel. The snug rooms are called cabins; the front desk is “Mission Control”; check-in and checkout are done at computerized kiosks; and its most famous resident is a robot named Yobot. That’s right – there’s a robot (technically a giant robotic arm) at the ground-floor entrance that, with the push of a few buttons, will take your luggage and store it in bar-coded lockers. Yobot is also mesmerizing to watch, and you’ll often see hotel guests clustered around their new robotic friend.
Yotel New York’s 2001: A Space Odyssey decor is as eye-catching as Yobot. The lobby, which is on the fourth floor, has a colorful, mod look – purple banquettes, carpets with geometric patterns, touches of sea-green here and there.
Yotel New York looms over a spare stretch of 10th Ave., but it’s near the corner of 42nd St., so it’s an easy stroll to Times Square and the Theater District, from where you can hop on the subway to anywhere in New York City.
The cabins average about 170 square feet, but according to Fodor’s: “Rooms that at first glance seem too small…are in fact surprisingly comfortable and functional.”A main reason for this is because Yotel New York consulted aircraft designers to develop the ergonomic cabins, which are outfitted with smart furnishings and amenities that help make the rooms seem more spacious, including motorized beds that can be folded up during the day. The beds are also designed so that you can slide your luggage underneath.
Among the other quirky details at Yotel New York: The bathrooms are also snug – and don’t have doors. Each floor has a ”galley” kitchen with complimentary coffee, tea, water and ice, and a communal refrigerator. Perhaps the best perk of all, especially for tech-driven visitors, is the free, strong Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, from the rooms to the lobby.
Enjoy cocktails under the stars on the massive Yotel Terrace, the largest outdoor hotel terrace (a stark contrast with the cozy cabins) in New York City. For dinner, sample Latin-Asian fusion cuisine in Dohyo restaurant, which is helmed by acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval.
Did you know?
Yotel New York at Times Square is the first Yotel to open outside of an airport; the other Yotels are at Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
The co-founder of Yotel, British motivational speaker Simon Woodroffe and founder of Yo! Sushi, was inspired to create Yotel by the first-class cabins on British Airways.
Yotel’s trendy ambience – with its popular rooftop terrace, jaunty, futuristic decor and free Wi-Fi throughout – often attracts a stylish international crowd. But the hotel’s affordability also appeals to a broad range of other travelers, from first-time visitors who like to be within walking distance of Times Square to business travelers on a budget.
Yotel New York at Times Square Location Information:
570 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10036
A, C, E to 42nd St./Port Authority; 1, 2, 3 to Times Sq./42nd St.
Chef Richard Sandoval, who runs an empire of Mexican-inspired restaurants and bars across New York City, brings his fusion skills to this restaurant, which serves a creative Latin-Asian cuisine. The restaurant is inspired by sumo wrestling. The dining room is the size and shape of a sumo wrestling mat (dohyo is Japanese for the ring where wrestling bouts are held). Also, the chairs can actually be hydraulically lowered in the ground, so that after hours, it can become a dance floor.
The spacious Yotel Terrace – the largest outdoor hotel terrace in New York City – offers a varied cocktail menu, as well as bar food from Dohyo. Rooftop bars in New York City are often crowded, and it can be impossible to find a seat after a certain hour – but not so at Yotel Terrace, where there are plenty of spots to settle in, plus intimate corners to romance under the stars.
Club Lounge and Cabins
The stylish Club Lounge, surrounded by Club Cabins that can be used for private parties, features DJs and potent cocktails.
Yotel doesn’t have the traditional room service. Instead, they offer a “Food to Go” menu, a selection from the full menu at Dohyo; you can order daily 11am–10pm, and then pick up your meal at the restaurant’s host stand.
- 24 hour front desk
- ATM Machine
- Business Center
- Dry cleaning service
- Fitness Center
- Gift Shop
- Non-Smoking Facility
- Parking - Self
- Parking - Valet