We have no idea why it’s called Yotel but they’re quite the
experience to stay in. Inspired by first class airline accommodation,
the Yotel franchise has been around for a couple of years now with
outposts in London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and a new one in New York that
opened in June. The Yotel is becoming well known not so much for the
breakfast buffet but its neo-futuristic design that even includes a robot luggage handler.
Since the hotel business is all about stimulating the guests, the
Yotel does this and more with its Japanese-meets-NASA aesthetics and
obvious lack of staff. That means concierge, receptionists, doormen,
The Yotel’s biggest high tech draw, of course, is the large robotic
arm that handles guest luggage. Another interesting Yotel feature is its
space conscious smallness. While not cramped, the rooms are pretty
basic. Imagine Bruce Willis’ apartment in The Fifth Element.
Yotel’s automated check in and check outs are also a new frontier in
hospitality, though a Control Room is available for guest queries.
Though billed as a up-market abode, the Yotel takes pains to be the most
affordably priced in its class without compromising its technologic
Oh, and Yotel? Turns out to be the latest addition to the YO! group of companies.