Yotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Midtown West, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

  • Slick futuristic design
  • Clever room layouts make the most of the small space
  • Rooms have sexy, mod design, fluffy duvets, and rainfall showerheads
  • Solid fitness center and free bike loans
  • Massive rooftop terrace with 2 bars
  • Club Lounge Bar has weekend DJs and 8 private "cabins"
  • Latin-Asian small plates at Dohyo Restaurant and Bar
  • Free morning coffee, tea, and muffins
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • 18,000 square feet of dining and lounging space

Cons

  • Minimal service; computers used for check-in and check-out
  • Rooms are tiny, starting at 170 square feet
  • Located on a somewhat desolate block
  • No minibars, robes, or slippers, and little storage
  • Two-in-one shampoo and body wash, but no other toiletries
  • No room service

Bottom Line

European chain Yotel is known for its hip atmosphere and affordable rates. This Midtown West outpost is certainly hip, featuring three bars (including two on an enormous rooftop terrace), a Latin-Asian fusion restaurant, and funky, outer space design. And it's usually affordable, at least for the area. Rooms are tiny, and the location on quiet 10th avenue is a bit out of the way, but the cool factor will make this a worthwhile option for a young, well-heeled hipster set. Dream and Hudson Hotel are similar in price, room size (small), and trendiness, so it's worth weighing your options.

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 Scene

A choice hangout for trendy travelers, this unique hotel has three happening bars, cleverly cool rooms, and quirky, futuristic details.

The lobby of Yotel
The lobby of Yotel

Yotel is a European hotel chain that cleverly combines the teeny-tiny quality of pod hotels with hip and even luxurious amenities, such as fluffy duvets and pillows, hip lounge and dining spaces, and slick, modern decor. The Hell’s Kitchen location at 42nd Street and 10th Avenue opened in 2011 as the company’s first stateside endeavor, as well as its first foray outside of airport terminals. Nonetheless, the aero-based theme lives on, with airport-style touch-screen check-in machines, furnishings reminiscent of a Virgin America upper class cabin, and Trekkie-style staff uniforms. Don’t miss the lobby’s most exciting attraction, Yobot. Though gimmicky in every sense of the word, the robot luggage handler (think Space Odyssey’s HAL meets silent bellhop) is a thrill you won’t find elsewhere.

For the technologically timid, there is always a real live human being or two on hand in the lobby to assist with check-in, as well as on the Fourth Floor, which -- at 18,000 square feet -- is the hub of activity at the hotel. Here, guests will find several lounges (including two on one of the city’s largest hotel terraces), a Latin-Asian small plates restaurant, a small game room, a fitness center, free Internet stations, and a small shop. Eye popping decor dominates: bright purple couches in the Club Lounge, colorful murals featuring sumo wrestlers in the restaurant, and cool illuminated walls and accents throughout.

The hotel’s 669 rooms are equally striking, taking the itty-bitty capsule style to clever new levels with glass-enclosed bathrooms (allowing for a brighter, more open feel), motorized beds that fold upright when not in use (providing more space to move around), and a hip, modern aesthetic. Even the windows, which at similar hotels would normally amount to the size of a cereal box, are impressive, with slender floor-to-ceiling dimensions that provide expansive views of the West side and Hudson River.

All the colorful lighting and cutesy aero-inspired concepts aside, Yotel manages to succeed as one of the most appealing hotels in its price category. It's hard to find hotels in this neighborhood for a reasonable rate, and Yotel delivers impressive value in a small but sleek package.

 Location

On the quiet edge of Midtown West, about a 10-minute walk outside the flashing heart of Times Square

Though located on West 42nd Street -- the same street that includes the bustling heart of Times Square (about a 10-minute walk east) -- Yotel feels a bit cut off from the restaurants, attractions, parks, and people that make Midtown West an exciting place to visit. Set in Hell's Kitchen, a former slum transformed by luxury condo developments over the last decade, the neighborhood continues to feel as though it is in transition. Expansive parking lots, warehouses, and whirring cabs traveling to and from the Westside Highway make up most of the immediate stimuli; however, excellent restaurants and bars can be found along 9th Avenue. The neighborhood is safe, especially given the nearby police station, but at night the streets feel somewhat barren, which might alarm some visitors.

  • 8- to 10-minute walk to the A, C, E subway lines; 10- to 15-minute walk from the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, B, D, F, and M subway lines -- farther from the subway than most other hotels in Midtown West, but there's still easy access to anywhere in New York
  • 10-minute walk, plus a 15-minute subway ride to Central Park
  • 10-minute walk to Times Square
  • 15-minute walk, plus a 20-minute subway ride to the Empire State Building and to Rockefeller Center
  • 10-minute walk, plus a 25-minute subway ride to the ferry terminal to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • 10-minute walk, plus a 20-minute subway ride to the American Museum of Natural History
  • 10-minute walk, plus a 30-minute subway ride to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the "Met") and a 15-minute subway ride to the Museum of Modern Art (the "MoMA")

 Rooms

Light-flooded rooms feature nice views of the city, comfy adjustable beds, slick mod furniture, free Wi-Fi -- but see-through showers offer little privacy and closet space is virtually non-existent.

The Premium Cabin
The Premium Cabin

Most of Yotels 669 rooms are tiny cabins, which clock in at just 170 square feet. Though they're larger than those at the Hudson Hotel, they're still a bit small, even by New York standards (the average room size in New York is around 200 square feet).

Unlike at many "pod" hotels, all rooms come standard with private bathrooms. Even better is the sexy mod design, which features crisp white walls and linens, blonde wood accents, and funky colored accent lighting. The motorized beds fold up for more floor room, and glass-enclosed bathrooms help create a more open floor plan. Even the occasional luxury can be found, such as massive rainfall showerheads, extra fluffy feather duvets, and noise-canceling windows.

Missing, however, is storage. There is no proper closet to speak of, but rather a couple of open wardrobes with a handful of hangers. There are no drawers to speak of, and the only option for stowing luggage is under the bed. Additionally, the bathrooms are not exactly private; though curtains cover up what sliding glass doors can’t, the bathroom is still just inches from the bed.

  • Queen-size beds
  • Large shower stalls (no bathtubs) with rainfall showerheads
  • LG 27-inch flat-screen TVs
  • No robes or slippers
  • Cables for iPod/MP3 player hook-ups
  • Motorized beds can fold up for additional floor space.
  • Organic aromatherapy, two-in-one body wash and shampoos: one with sage, eucalyptus, and Echinacea for morning, and another with lavender and rosemary for nighttime; no additional toiletries
  • Small closets have no drawers or doors.
  • No minibars
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • All Premium Cabins are 170 square feet. Some come with an overhead bunk that sleeps additional guests.
  • First Cabins are larger, and some come with an outdoor terrace and hot tub or sofa bed.

 Features

A modern fitness center, a small game room, and plenty of private meeting space

Studiyo lounge
Studiyo lounge
  • The Club Lounge has eight private cabins which can be used for private parties and business meetings.
  • A large meeting venue for movie screenings and private parties
  • A small game room with a pool table and large flat-screen TV doubles as an additional meeting space with a conference table
  • Mission Control is both a counter with concierge assistance and a small shop that includes toiletries and other necessities such as umbrellas and adaptors.
  • ATM
  • Four computers with free Internet
  • A fitness center with two treadmills, two elliptical machines, two bicycles, a dumbbell rack, a rower, and a cable multi-station -- but no individual TVs on the machines
  • Free yoga classes each morning
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free bike loans
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 Food

A Latin-Asian small plates restaurant and a bevy of unique cocktails at four different bars

Dohyo restaurant
Dohyo restaurant

The Club Lounge is traditional and simple: entrees such as chicken and pasta, sirloin steak, and hamburgers. At night, the scene is that of a trendy bar, with “private cabins” serving as party rooms with bottle service. The party continues on the huge terrace, which features two bars and amazing views of the city.

Weekend brunch is served on the terrace during warm months, and a daily breakfast is served at the Green Lounge, which is located along a wide hallway leading to the hotel’s main restaurant, Dohyo.

  • Free breakfast muffins and coffee served daily
  • Each floor has a Galley with free hot drinks and water
  • No room service, but meals can be ordered from the room and picked up at Dohyo downstairs

 Bottom Line

European chain Yotel is known for its hip atmosphere and affordable rates. This Midtown West outpost is certainly hip, featuring three bars (including two on an enormous rooftop terrace), a Latin-Asian fusion restaurant, and funky, outer space design. And it's usually affordable, at least for the area. Rooms are tiny, and the location on quiet 10th avenue is a bit out of the way, but the cool factor will make this a worthwhile option for a young, well-heeled hipster set. Dream and Hudson Hotel are similar in price, room size (small), and trendiness, so it's worth weighing your options.

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Address

  • 570 10th Avenue

Room Types

  • First Cabin
  • First Cabin W/ Sofa Bed
  • First Cabin W/ Terrace/Hot Tub
  • Premium Cabin
  • Premium Cabin W/ Double Bunk
  • Premium Cabin W/ Overhead Bunk
  • Premium Corner Cabin
  • VIP Two Cabin Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 669
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
Address: 570 10th Avenue
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