YOTEL was created by YO! Founder Simon Woodroffe OBE and YOTEL founder Gerard Greene. The idea was conceived by Simon after he was upgraded into first class on a British Airways flight. He decided to translate the language and the luxury of airline travel and a touch of Japanese influence into a small but luxurious cabin.
Gerard had spent years staying in boring and expensive hotels and decided to do something about it. In 2002 he met with Simon, secured funding for a prototype cabin from our partners IFA Hotels & Resorts and then pulled together a team to evolve Simon's idea into reality. Together they embarked on an incredible journey to open the first airport hotel in 2007.
At YOTEL we are very passionate about hotels and we have tried to create a 'First class experience at an affordable price'. YOTEL cabins may be smaller than traditional hotels rooms but through great design we offer a beautifully designed, flexible smart space to suit individual needs in which to relax, refresh, connect and sleep. We know the things that usually irritate you about hotel rooms and we've tried to take them all away!
Automated check in and out
Monsoon showers with all over body wash
Flat screen TV's
Workstations with multi power points
Our airport hotels are situated inside terminal buildings to give customers the ultimate experience of being minutes from departure and arrivals gates. Cabins are bookable by the hour with check in and check out times totally flexible. We have three cabin types at airports, a 'Standard' bunk style single cabin (can be shared by two, a little cosy but perfect for a few hours) 'Premium' double cabins and 'Premium' twin cabins.
Airports locations are Gatwick Airport, South Terminal. Heathrow Airport, Terminal 4 and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
In June 2011 YOTEL we opened our flagship city centre hotel just two blocks west of Times Square in New York. Cabins are 30% bigger than our airport product and come with floor to ceiling windows. There are four main cabin types, 'Premium' cabins with Queen size double beds, Corner cabins with dual aspect windows, FIRST cabins with King beds, some that come with private terraces and outdoor tubs and VIP 2 cabin suites, the ultimate luxury!
The hotel was designed by Rockwell Group of New York in collaboration with Softroom of London and features 20,000 sqft of flexible and dynamic entertainment space including the largest hotel terrace in the city.