Techno-Savvy Hotel Blocks from Times Square
A robotic bellhop named Yobot—essentially a 20-foot-tall mechanical arm—accepts the guest’s baggage and swiftly lifts it to a secure compartment on a wall of white safes. It's a sign of the futuristic things to come—instead of a front desk, a row of touch screens facilitate a rapid, self-serve check-in. The fourth-floor concierge desk, dubbed Mission Control, offers snacks and travel supplies from a minimalist display under fuschia-tinted lighting. Called "the iPod of hotels" by The Age, Yotel Times Square draws inspiration from the sleek, techno-savvy designs of airport terminals, expanding on the concept of the first Yotels housed within London airports.
Devised by airplane designers, premium cabin rooms pack luxury into a modest space of 167 square feet, smartly using every inch. With the click of a button, the plush queen bed folds up into a sofa opposite the wall's flat-screen TV and music devices. The room's color palette complements its ultramodern vibe with white walls, purple carpets, and purple mood lighting. In the bathroom, a monsoon shower reproduces the experience of walking through a light tropical rain without the hassle of flying up to the northern Canadian rainforests.
The fourth floor's outdoor roof terrace showcases sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Fire pits cast a warm glow over bartenders as they serve up cocktails from two bars, and waiters serve wild-mushroom egg rolls and other fare crafted by renowned chef Richard Sandoval.
New York's Manhattan: Cultures Converge at a World Capital of Commerce and Art
Nestled into the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, Yotel sits a few blocks away from Tony-winning Broadway shows and Times Square's massive billboards. Food lovers have plenty to explore: New York's sidewalk carts and food trucks whip up some of the city's most beloved, budget-priced cuisine, ranging from pupusas to kebabs to ice cream, and Chinatown and Little Italy hold some of the most authentic restaurants found outside of their respective countries. Between the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, and dozens of art galleries, the city's artistic scene remains strong. In the winter, Rockefeller Center hosts an ice-skating rink and the iconic Christmas tree, which will light up on November 30.