After taking the redeye from Los Angeles to JFK overnight, I was a bit drowsy. As the cabbie drove up to YOTEL, for a second I thought I was back on my Virgin America flight. The crisp, white interior with purple lighting immediately set it apart from other hotels I've stayed at. I then saw the Yobot's mechanical arm storing and retrieving peoples' baggage and knew this was no ordinary hotel. Although I checked in extremely early, the friendly desk staff said that a room was available. I was extremely grateful as it allowed me to grab a few extra hours of shuteye before the convention at the nearby Javits Center.
The cabins are small, but clean, with windows that can be open at the bottom to allow you to breathe in the fresh(?) NYC air. This is welcome when your cabinmate is using the small bathroom which is only separated from the bed by a curtain. Ahem. It's a bit difficult to maneuver around if you have luggage as the only location for it is the foot of the bed and there isn't a lot of floorspace. The futon/bed can be raised up when not in use which gives a little more floorspace. The mattress was pretty thin and hard but I usually have no problems sleeping in hotels so it was not a big concern of mine.
There's a galley on each floor which has vending machines with sodas, a hot chocolate and coffee machine, and a fridge and microwave if you want to be frugal and eat leftovers during your stay. I was able to make myself a mocha, it wasn't bad, a nice amenity.
I would definitely recommend Yotel if you are looking for a room close to Javits Convention center. The low price coupled with great service and close proximity to Javits is a winning combination.