I get into London at 11pm from Rome and leave at 1pm the next day for the States--these hotel rooms look very bizarre (violet sheets and lighting and small cabin-like rooms, with no windows) but very practical and inexpensive. Have any of you stayed at the ones at Heathrow (or in other cities)?
Here's the look of the place with the weird violet cabins.
My partner and I stayed in the one in Heathrow last fall on a layover between Rome and Chicago. We loved it. It's reasonably easy to get over to the terminal and find the place. Checkin took only seconds. The rooms are tiny but extremely efficient, high-tech and clean. It was just nice, on maybe a seven or eight hour overnight layover, to be able to take a quick shower, sleep a few hours, take another quick shower and bop back over to for a quick breakfast in the first class lounge, without having to find your way to some off-site hotel.
Everyone please note that [R2] flew first class. The relevance of this to OP's question is nil -but rest assured, it's been duly noted.
I was thinking it would make sense to stay here because I just want to catch forty winks and then leave the next day (my alternative was taking a flight at 7:45 the next morning from Rome to London, which would mean staying the night at a hotel in Fiumicino close to the airport and dealing with stick-em-up taxis early in the morning to get from the hotel to the airport). Thanks for the endorsement, r2.
Sorry, R3, didn't mean to sound like a dick. Was just recounting a pleasant experience that included the Yotel.
OP/R4, I defniitely think the Yotel is a better option than staying in Rome. The Yotel room was fun - the bed has a button that collapses it into more of a sofa when you're walking around, then when you want to go to sleep, extends to full size (and blocks the walkway). The bathroom basically becomes a shower and while glass-walled, has a curtain for privacy when you need it.
As a secondhand report, I mentioned the Yotel at Heathrow to a friend who had an odd layover between a flight from California and a train journey from London. It was too long to lounge about at the airport, but perhaps not long enough to justify checking in and out of an expensive London hotel room -- and an airport hotel with its shuttles and bad food seemed an even less attractive option.
My friend is not so much difficult to please as difficult to impress, but she raved about the Yotel as a great solution: compact and tiny, but very well conceived and maintained and surprisingly pleasant.
So please forgive my ignorance, but if these rooms are rentable by the hour, they must have housekeepers on 24/7 to redo the rooms as soon as someone checks out, yes?
Are there turn down mints?
Have you thought about purchasing a day pass to the first class lounge of one of the airlines. They're usually about $50 with like minded passengers looking for a place to fit in a snooze, have some snacks, check email, and take a shower.
They look kind of fun.
Plus you could pretend you are Patty Hearst!
Stayed at one in Paris this past May. Room was small, clean, functional and the wildest orange color. Great bar.
I met a Scruff hookup at the Yotel on 10th Ave and ended up spending the night.
The room was very small, but the bed was comfortable and the shower was nice. It's a little weird looking, but very clean.
What about the one in NYC (Times Square)? It seems to be a somewhat different concept (they expect longer stays) and isn't much of a bargain.
There is an airport hotel at FCO--you can walk to the terminal. I did this in the summer.
Alternatively, stay in a hotel in Rome near the Termini and take the train to FCO--again, very easy.
R13, I didn't even know there were other Yotels outside of New York.
TOO expensive in NYC to try
It looks cool to me. like a sleeper car in a train. Do it.
R3, it was duly noted: by you.
The NY Yotel is a rip off. You can get a better room on Priceline for fewer $$.
However I love the concept and if well priced they would be a great boon for crowded cities.
No one ever has.
Are they stocked with Go-Gurt?
Fiumocino has a hotel attached to the airport--I think it was a Hilton. When I stayed there, about 5 years ago, it came to $144 for the night.
This is the first I've heard of yotel.
Last year we missed our last leg of our trip @ Heathrow and tried to get a room @ Yotel. They were completely booked. The front desk seemed rather seedy.
[quote]En suite bathroom with Monsoon rain shower
I wondered what happened to Edina after AbFab ended.
Yotel Le He Hooooo! Toaster Strudel?
Those used to be my favorite chocolate cake snack.
I suppose I would have to get over my claustrophobia, wouldn't I?
They used to be called pod hotels
[quote] The NY Yotel is a rip off. You can get a better room on Priceline for fewer $$.
And get a hair dryer, coffee maker, iron and ironing board which most hotels don't have.
I'd get claustrophobia. I was in transit from Tokyo to Jakarta and my layover was in Singapore so I had to spend the night at the airport as the flight came in very late and my next flight was the next morning but it seemed like it was a normal hotel with a check in desk in the Terminal. Nothing like these weird little pods.
[quote]I didn't even know there were other Yotels outside of New York.
NYC. Heathrow. Gatwick. Schiphol. With others planned. All in the Yotel brand.
Of course there are many others that are much the same but under different names. Search for "pod hotel" plus a city or airport name.
[quote] which most hotels don't have.
Sorry. I typed "yotels" but Steve Jobs changed it to "hotels."
No, but I spent a few hours in yo mama last night.
R29, I'm extremely claustrophobic, but I was fine in the Yotel. There's no real room to walk past the bed when it is extended, but it's a full height room, and the bathroom is clear glass, so I never felt trapped.