Marrying space saving efficiency with a touch of 21st Century hospitality, Yotel hotels treat guests to a fully automated check-in service featuring Yobot
Marrying space saving efficiency with a touch of 21st Century hospitality, Yotel hotels treat guests to a fully automated check-in service featuring Yobot, a theatrically lit robotic baggage drop-off machine that creates a mechanical performance for guests as it loads and stores their belongings. Created by Tumi luggage, this “T-tech” robot is just the beginning of the novel hotel experience offered by Yotel, a capsule style hotel chain with locations in London, New York and Amsterdam.
The first Yotel hotel was created back in 2007 by YO! founder Simon Woodroffe and Yotel CEO Gerard Greene. The hotel was conceived by Woodroffe after he was upgraded to first class on a British Airways flight. Inspired by the luxury experience of air travel, he decided to create a “first class” hotel concept offered at an affordable price. The result is a compact, forward thinking urban hotel featuring small shape-shifting cabin spaces in a decidedly futuristic setting.
Commencing with hotels at international airports such as Gatwick and Heathrow in London and Schiphol in Amsterdam, Yotel has recently expanded into the US with a new flagship New York Yotel at Times Square West in Manhattan. Designed in collaboration with the Rockwell Group and Softroom, the New York Yotel features similarly styled Standard and Premium Cabins, whilst also offering First Class Cabins and VIP Cabin Suites, complete with private terraces, jacuzzis, and rotating beds with views of the Manhattan skyline.
The design philosophy behind the New York Yotel very much hinges on the concept of transformative spaces. “Designing an environment that is transformable from the second you enter a space immediately creates a unique, modern experience for the guest,” said David Rockwell, founder and CEO of Rockwell Group. “By focusing our design for the brand’s first U.S. flagship on the concept of convertibility of space, we were able to bring a dynamic experience to travelers and New Yorkers alike.”
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