This is the second time I've stayed at Yotel, having previously stayed just after the hotel opened in late 2011. With my partner working out of Long Island on business for 6 days we had two reservations - 6 days for business and a further day for personal. The additional Thursday night cost approx £200/night - a steal for a modern hotel just off Times Square. At the last moment we decided to extended the additional day to 3 days for a long weekend. Last minute availability of rooms was great and we netted an average room rate of £150/night via Expedia - thus saving us £50 on the initial room rate for the 1 night we had previously booked and now cancelled. Yotel staff were very helpful in allowing us to keep the same room, and even let us have a complimentary late checkout on the Sunday.
Location wise the hotel is well positioned for Hells Kitchen's colourful bars and hotels, and just a moment away from the subway to downtown Wall Street and the PATH train to New Jersey - where I would be working from during the week.
For a hotel that was only 2-3 years old the rooms had not weathered as well as I had hoped, and were showing signs of needing a paint job and patchwork here and there. Rooms are compact - but then so are all rooms at the £150-250 price point. Averaging £180/night over the 9 days duration is a steal for what we got. Note we stayed in the entry level queen room. If you plan to go as a couple and live out of suitcases then this is not the hotel for you, as suitcase space is scarce. That said, if you unpack then we lived comfortably. The beds were as comfy as I remember the first time round, and whilst the bathroom isn't the most private affair you'll ever have, it worked for us. If you plan to take your mother away and share a room then the shower curtain type bathroom divide means this probably isn't the hotel for you.
Free coffee and muffins in a morning were a welcome pitstop before heading downtown. We didn't sample the rest of the food menu as HK has so many bars to choose from. We also steered clear of the bar after two vodka cokes set us back $26+tip. For those that like a big gay brunch, Yotel certainly put on a show Sunday. This wasn't advertised heavily around the hotel (or on the internet), but was a tip given by a colleague to check it out.
One of the colleagues who stayed at the hotel with us was less enamoured by the hotel - feeling it was gimicky with small rooms. While not everyone's cup of tea due to its quirkyness, it certainly worked for us and location could not have been better.
- 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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