When you walk in, you do notice how different their approach is to hoteling! You check in on the PC's on the left which are very 60's modern if that makes sense. Apparently this is supposed to be smooth and easy and it would spit out your room key and away you go. I guess there are a few glitches to work out since I had to be helped and they had to print my key out manually. also everyone else I saw had some form of help. Still cool. On the right side there is this glassed room with a transformer looking robot that is storing luggage in what look like the body draws at a morgue! Also cool, but how much did this thing cost??
You then ascend to the 4th floor lobby where there is a concierge desk that was busy every time I walked by. From there you go to a second elevator bank to head to the rooms (which they call cabins) A few times, there was actually a line to get into the elevators. I don't think all 6 were functioning.
There were a couple of club type places off the lobby which looked happening though I did not have the chance to enter.
When you get to your room, err cabin your first impression is that the bed was meant for Mini-Me. I knew I would not fit on it even when I took the pillows off, but then I saw the switch on the wall that motored the bed to a flat position, sliding out into the room to lay flat! Another very cool toy to make the room bigger when you are not lying in bed. The cabin was small but very efficient - I guess modeled after a cabin on a cruise ship. (rats, I have vowed to never take a cruise!). The room was integrated into the bathroom with only a curtain separating you. Fine with me, but with two people some may mind. I did like that from the shower you could still watch the Today Show!
The crowd was pretty young and trendy, but I am not sure if it is the typical crowd as there was a ComiCon convention at the Javits that may have skewed the results. The staff was there if you needed them and were all extremely friendly and helpful - they seemed to be proud of their hotel!
I read some other reviews saying that the bed was too hard, and I thought, good, because I like a hard bed, but it is actually too hard and maybe because it is a hospital type bed, it seemed to feel like there was that bar under the mattress like a sleeper sofa!
Oh, and there is no room service!
Here is why I gave it a 3 rather than a 4 star rating: the neighboorhood! The corner of 42nd and 10th might be up and coming, but it is not there yet. No good restaurants to walk to (there is a Subway across the street) and the neighboorhood is a little suspect. I stayed here as I came into Penn Station in the morning, dropped my bag, took a bus from Port Authority to New Jersey, came back that evening, then off to the Javits (not ComiCon!) and back to Penn in the afternoon, so it was all easy walking distance.
I would stay again if I had a similar schedule, but would not stay if I was doing business in Midtown for example.
- 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