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At New NYC Hotel, A Robot Handles The Luggage

Published on June 24, 2011 by   ·   No Comments


NEW YORK— Forget the bellhop. Meet the luggage robot.

It’s the first of several high-tech, sleek amenities guests encounter at the Yotel, a new hotel that aims to provide a trendy stay at an affordable price.

Purple lighting, throbbing music in the elevators and futon-like sofas that transform to lie-flat beds at the touch of a button help set the mood.

Or maybe they just distract you from the tiny size of the rooms. At 170 square feet, perhaps “room” is too generous of a term. Yotel prefers to call them cabins.

Aircraft designers were hired to make the rooms feel larger than they are. The tiny desk doubles as a nightstand. An overhead shower fixture delivers water like rain, perhaps to make the stall (no tub) seem more spacious. Of course there’s no room for a fridge or minibar.

But guests aren’t expected to hang out in their rooms. Yotel’s massive fourth-floor lobby includes four bars, a 7,000-square-foot outdoor terrace and a restaurant inspired by a sumo wrestling ring

Yotel CEO Gerard Greene — who dresses more like a nightclub promoter than hotelier — is seeking guests that are “young at heart” and considers his property to be the “iPod of the hotel industry.”

Some of the design elements are jarring, even to the man behind them.

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