YOTEL New York is located West of Times Square 570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10036 which is the corner of 10th Avenue & West 42nd Street. All of Manhattan and the gems it has to offer are within easy reach from YOTEL's central location, with the Lincoln Tunnel, Penn Station and Grand Central Station all just a few blocks away.
For a detailed guide on how to get to and from our New York hotel from the major airports, along with some other useful tips, download our transport brochure here.
SOME GENERAL NEW YORK TRANSPORTATION TIPS
Snow, rain, severe cold, or severe heat all affect travel in the city very quickly so plan for a longer journey time. In rain, best idea is to hop on the subway or pre-book car service; everyone in NYC is trying to catch a cab.
If you intend to travel during rush hour, expect the higher end of all estimated travel times. Subways are a quicker option during this time, especially in the summer on a Friday (NY’ers flock to the suburbs to beat the heat). Rush hour tends to last from 7:30am- 9.30am and 4:30pm- 7:30pm (07:30-09:30 and 16:30-19:30).
Always try and use yellow cabs, other cabs, usually black cars that pull over and vie for your business may charge you double. Cabs are city run and city controlled; they are metered and can be paid in cash, credit card or debit card (using the touch screen monitor). Tipping is at your discretion, but usually ranges from 15-20% of total charges.
When you take a cab it’s a good idea to have the cross street address of your location with you. So for YOTEL just saying 570 Tenth Avenue is not always enough for the cabbies, you need to be more specific; for example, 'Tenth Avenue at W 42nd Street' or 'between 41st and 42nd Streets'.
It's very difficult to find a cab between 16:00 and 17:00 as drivers change shifts. To add to the confusion, cabs also have an "OFF DUTY" light that can easily be confused with the ‘I'm available’ light. This means that they are heading home; they may stop for you but generally will ask if you are heading in their direction before they’ll pick you up.
USING THE SUBWAY
- There is a subway map on the back of your In Cabin guide. If you need extra help or have any further questions, stop by Mission Control or the Concierge desk on FOUR and they’ll be able to help. Below are some pros/cons and advice for using the NYC Subway.
- The subway can get you pretty much anywhere you need to go in Manhattan for $2.75.
- If you plan on using this as a primary means of transportation, purchase an "Unlimited 7-day Pass." However, note this can only be used by 1 person. There is a timer that prohibits you from swiping your Metrocard twice within an 18-minute period.
- To purchase subway cards, use the automated machine. They are much faster than waiting for the toll booth clerk, instructions are in numerous languages.
- Always note if there is an express train to your destination.
- Pay attention to the subway entrances. Some will say "Uptown" or "Downtown". These will only take you in that specific direction. If you realize this after you swipe your Metrocard it will result in going back above ground, crossing the street, entering there, and swiping your card for another $2.75. However, if the entrance says neither, go ahead, there will be trains going in both directions.
In the summer, prepare to sweat while waiting for your train. The cars are air conditioned, but the tracks are not.
MTA employees behind the ticket booths can be (well mostly) less than friendly. Opt to ask directions from a train conductor or a New Yorker waiting to catch the train in question.
As in any big city, be aware of your belongings and be smart. Avoid travel by subway late at night. If you must, stay to the middle of the platform.
Try to avoid rush hour (7:30am- 9.30am and 4:30pm- 7:30pm/ 07:30-09:30 and 16:30-19:30) unless you don’t mind squeezing into a subway car with all of your closest and not-so-closest friends.
We hope that you found this guide useful, some of the information will seem obvious for regular visitors to New York but if you are a first time visitor it might just help! If you have any feedback or comments/suggestions to add then please mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy your stay.