I travel to New York City twice a year and I always try to stay at a different hotel in a different part of the city. I chose Yotel, because the images and concept looked and sounded good and it was basically in Hell's Kitchen a neighborhood I wanted to walk around.
Getting to Yotel was easy. I got off the E train at the 42nd St. MTA station and walked 3 blocks down 42nd street to 10th Ave. Upon my arrival I was directed to a terminal like at an airport to check-in and was offered assistance by one of the friendly doormen/bellhops/whateve special name they had for them.
Once you check-in and recieve you RFID room key you take an elevator to "four" where "mission control" (basically a front desk) Dohyo and elevators to the "cabins" (the rooms). In this elevator you have to scan your keycard to be able to access the floors. This is done because on "four" is a dance club on most night and keeps non-guests from accessing the floors. Most of the time I was in the elevator taping my card to the sensor and nothing. A lot of people during my 4 night stay were having this issue.
The room was of course small, and I knew that going into this stay, but it is laid out nicely and the room is really functional. The matress as stated in many reviews was like a futon typ matress, or one you find at Ikea.
The free wi-fi was great and fast.
My room was not cleaned very well the next to last day I was there, the bathroom area was not touched, the garbage was not emptied only the bed was made.
The location was a further walk then I would have liked. The closest subway is the MTA terminal and if you don't want a to pay for a cab to travel thruought the city you're going to start your trip from on of the Times Square stations.
The price per night was all over the place. A low of $146.50 to a high of $263 for a Saturday night. For what you get in the room and the location I thought is was a little high. I could've had a room in the Times Square area for that price at a larger start rating with more amenities.
I the galley area on each floor contained a microwave, free purified water and ice, and a free coffee and tea. There was also a refrigerator that was based on the honor system of people not stealing anything from there.
I liked the concept of the rooms, the location is OK, but good if you want to explore Hell's Kitchen, and the rates were all over the place each night and that was with a "March Madness Special," which is not something I knew when I booked off their website. Those words appeared on my invoice at check out.
- 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