Futuristic Hotel Blocks from Times Square
A robotic bellhop named Yobot—essentially a 20-foot-tall mechanical arm—accepts the guest’s baggage in Yotel Times Square’s lobby. It then swiftly lifts the luggage 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, there’s a row of touchscreens so you can have a rapid, self-serve check-in on the first floor, called Ground Control. The fourth-floor front desk and concierge, dubbed Mission Control, offers snacks and travel supplies from a minimalist display. Yotel Times Square draws inspiration from the sleek, techno-savvy designs of airport terminals. It expands on the concept of the first Yotels, which were housed within London airports.
The premium cabin manages to use every inch of its modest 170 square feet and even add a few luxurious touches. With the click of a button, the queen bed folds up into a sofa opposite the wall's flat-screen TV and music devices. White walls are set amid 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 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 terrace, you can get sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Grab a cocktail from one of two bars. Come breakfast time, you can enjoy complimentary muffins and coffee at DohYo, the onsite restaurant. An à la carte breakfast is also available.
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. Buildings of historical and architectural interest include the Paramount Building and 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 dazzling 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.