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Yotel hotel pods coming to New York
The Yotel - a brand of sleeping pod hotels - will open a 669-room in New York City in 2011. The pod hotel will be located 42nd street and 10th and rooms will go for $200- to $250-per-night. According to a press release, the room are almost twice the size as its U.K. counterparts and will be called "cabins" instead of "pods." The purpose, however, remains the same.
Yotel was established by YO! Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe and his partner Gerard Greene. Popular in the U.K., the Yotel charges £25 for 4-hour stays in their hotel cabins in Europe, as they are made to be a resting place for travelers who are waiting for flights.
But is it a good deal? At $200-$250 a night you could easily find another hotel room in New York, but location will be your concern. If you're looking for midtown or Times Square, but don't want a hostel, the Yotel might work. A press release said the Yotel cabins will have "relaxing purple mood lighting, rejuvenating monsoon rain showers, luxury bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi and a flat screen television." There will also be a restaurant and bar, an outside terrace and business lounges at the hotel.