Futuristic Hotel Blocks from Times Square
A robotic bellhop named Yobot—essentially a 20-foot-tall mechanical arm—accepts luggage the lobby of Yotel Times Square, then swiftly lifts it to a secure compartment on a wall of white safes. This futuristic spectacle is a sign of things to come. In lieu of a front desk, there’s a row of touchscreens that enable rapid, self-serve check-in. The fourth-floor concierge desk, dubbed Mission Control, offers snacks and travel supplies from a minimalist display. Sleekly designed and efficiently operated, Yotel Times Square expands on the concept of the first Yotels, which were housed in London airports.
Premium cabins were devised by airplane designers, who clearly knew how to capitalize on every inch of their modest 170 square feet. With the click of a button, a plush queen bed folds up into a sofa opposite the wall's flat-screen TV. White walls are set amid purple carpets and mood lighting. In the bathroom, a monsoon shower reproduces the experience of walking through a light tropical rain without the hassle of flying to the northern Canadian rainforests. Each first cabin features a little more space—320 square feet—and includes a lounge area.
On the fourth floor's outdoor roof terrace, you can get sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline while sipping a cocktail from one of two bars. Come breakfast time, you can enjoy complimentary muffins and coffee at Dojo, the onsite restaurant.
Times Square, Manhattan: Flashy Neon Lights and World-Class Culture
Times Square is located at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. The famous address—affectionately known as “the Crossroads of the World”—is home to hypnotizing billboards, giant wraparound news tickers, and the neon lights of Broadway. Beyond the glitz and gimmicks, there are a number of world-class cultural offerings in the area, ranging from museums to Michelin-rated restaurants. Noteworthy buildings include One Times Square—site of the annual New Year's Eve ball drop.
Nearby, The Museum of Modern Art houses a trove of masterpieces including Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night, Claude Monet's Water Lilies, and Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans. Save time for a stroll through the museum's outdoor sculpture garden, where installations are clustered around sparkling reflecting pools. About a mile north of Times Square, the David H. Koch Theater is home to one of the world’s foremost dance companies—the New York City Ballet, which stages contemporary works as well as classics such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.