My first impression at arriving at Yotel New York was "trendy" and "smart", and a bit different from the norm. When you arrive, you check-in using the touch screen computers and get your key cards via the computers. It displays your room number on the screen so don't forget it! Also in the main lobby is the nifty automated robotic storage arm that can store your luggage before/after your stay. You can almost get away with not talking to anyone during your stay here but there were always staff on hand to answer questions. Customer service here was excellent.
We booked a "queen cabin" and boy was it a small but trendy looking room (probably average by Manhattan standards). But the room was very clean, comfortable and they have some pretty efficient use of space. The bed appears small but it's actually an adjustable/retractable bed with controls on the side and I found it quite comfortable (S.O found the bed too firm. You get AMPLE pillows as well). The desk is right by the bedside and fitted with two convenient plugs and a wake up alarm built into the wall. Space under the bed for your luggage and some drawers too. There is a stereo plug for your iPod/phone, and ample space built into the walls to store smaller items. Floor space can be a problem if you have lots or big pieces of luggage.
The "bathroom" was quite a unique experience. There's only a curtain separating the bed area from the bathroom so if you have privacy issues then maybe this hotel isn't for you. The shower pressure was great but there is no door/curtain for it so water gets everywhere (fortunately they provide a floor towel). The in-room safe is tiny - it was fine for us as we only needed to put a few small things in there but I highly doubt a laptop would fit (maybe a netbook).
The free breakfast consists of only coffee, tea and muffins, but these were some of the best tasting muffins I've ever had (blueberry was the best!). It closes at 10:30am but I recommend trying to arrive in the breakfast area before 9 or 9:30 as the muffins are still warm and you get a seat in the "dining" area (although, there is lots of space in the lounge area). There is a 24hr CVS (pharmacy) and a Food Emporium (grocery store) nearby to grab snacks and toiletries, and 42nd Ave/Port Authority Bus Terminal is only a few blocks away (~5min walk).
My only gripe with the hotel was that when doors of neighbouring rooms slam, it is quite loud and you can hear/feel the walls shake a bit. Hope that you get a considerate neighbour who doesn't let the door slam! (However, I checked one morning to see who was letting the doors slam behind them - turns out it was house-keeping).
Overall a great experience, would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- YOTEL is a first class hotel experience at an affordable price. Check in is all about efficiency, with kiosks that are your digital receptionist where you confirm your booking and grab your room key. The Midtown NYC hotel's 713 cabins offer guests a beautifully designed, flexible smart space to suit individual needs to relax, refresh, connect, and sleep. On the hotel's main level, 'FOUR,' you will find Mission Control, a futuristic, fully-equipped concierge desk for one-stop service 24/7. Also on 'FOUR' is a restaurant, an outdoor terrace space, a deluxe lounge and bar with private meeting rooms, a gym and flexible Studio for a range of events, a unique lounge space for working or relaxing, and work stations to catch up on email or browse the web. Guests can also enjoy access to complimentary WiFi and domestic calls. Conveniently located near Times Square, this Midtown Manhattan hotel provides business and leisure travelers with easy access to New York City attractions, corporate offices, and much more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yotel New York At Times Square West Hotel New York City