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Yotel CEO Gerard Greene spoke to Hotels Mag about Yotel's latest expansion plans and OMG they are going to be everywhere. Here's where where they want to go in the U.S.--Boston, Chicago (deals are pending actually), San Francisco (yes, please!) and Atlanta near the airport (perfect.) Yotel also wants to triple its presence in NYC with new hotels in downtown and Brooklyn. Greene thinks they will get those deals signed this year as well.
Meanwhile, Yotel is also expanding into Asia, starting with a 600-room hotel in Singapore which will open in 2016. Also on the Asia wish list? Hong Kong, Seoul, Japan, Taiwan, Manila and Bangkok. And while they're at it, Australia too with Sydney, Melbourne and Perth being discussed too. There is even talks of a Yotel in Saudia Arabia.
The world could certainly use more Yotels which offer futuristic capsule-like hotel rooms at crazy doable rates. Yet while we wait for these Yotels to "come online", we'll just have to make do with the Yotel Times Square and the Yotels at Heathrow, Gatwick and Schipol Airports.
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USA Today's Hotel Check-In spoke with Yotels' CEO Gerard Greene today about his new hotel in Times Square. The Yotel, the first outside of the UK, will have a whopping 669 teeny tiny rooms at 170 square feet. But Greene assures USA Today they will feel bigger than they are with the use of "mirrors and glass, windows, clever storage" and the Yotel staple of a mechanical, folding bed. The property will also feature a Dohyo sushi restaurant and a rooftop terrace.
Greene told USA Today that rates would start as low as $149 a night which had us all excited. But as a commenter on the story pointed out, those low introductory rates are hard to find.
As a test, I tried to book their LOWEST-PRICED, 167 sq ft room, for 3 week-nights in October. The cost was $369 - $389 PER NIGHT! For 2 weekend nights in Oct, it was $269 - $299 per night. For 2 weekend nights in March 2012, the lowest was $249 - $269 per night. Even for NYC, for a 167 sq ft room, this is not a "low priced" hotel, and the rooms are certainly not the $149 claimed by the CEO.