Pod hotel for Singapore's Orchard.
Thursday, 12th September 2013
Source : YOTEL
YOTEL will open for business in Singapore with a 600 cabin property on Orchard Road, the epicentre of Singapore; the hotel is due to open in 2018.

It will of course act as a spring board into Asia for YOTEL following the opening of its 669 cabin hotel in Times Square, New York.

YO! Founder, Simon Woodroffe OBE and YOTEL CEO Gerard Greene conceived the innovative YOTEL cabins to provide a flexible and convenient ‘first class' hotel experience at affordable prices.

Inspired by first-class airline cabins, YOTEL Singapore will be located at 360, Orchard Road, in the heart of the vibrant city, perfect for both business and leisure visitors to Singapore. The management agreement has been made with Yat Yuen Hong Company Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Fok Corporation Limited.

Gerard Greene Co-Founder and CEO of YOTEL, said of the announcement, "Given YOTEL is heavily inspired by Asian culture, it is fantastic that we are launching such an iconic project as our first in Asia. The location is one of the best in Singapore and we have fantastic partners in Hong Fok Group that share our vision. YOTEL will bring a unique hotel experience to Singapore. It's a perfect time for the city to embrace a new and exciting brand, a first for Singapore and the launch of affordable luxury for the hotel scene in Asia."

YOTEL's cabins are uncompromisingly designed around guests to give them a bigger experience in a smaller space. The intelligent use of space means guests can enjoy perfectly designed cabins in which to relax, refresh, connect and sleep. Luxury bedding, rejuvenating monsoon rain showers, relaxing purple mood lighting and YOTEL's ‘techno wall' with flat screen TV, multi power points and iPOD connectivity. As in all YOTEL's, super strength Wifi throughout all the ‘cabins' and public spaces will be complimentary.

The Singapore hotel will have YOTEL's signature elements of its flagship ‘city' properties and will include a Club Lounge space with ‘Club cabins' that double up as meeting and work spaces during the day, transforming to a restaurant/bar space in the evenings and weekends, and large outdoor terrace space with a pool and a gym. A mixture of fun, excitement and amazing design all at an affordable price.

Whether or not YOTEL Singapore will choose to replicate ‘YOBOT' – the now infamous ‘world's first' luggage storing robot, which has become an attraction in its own right and is a permanent feature at YOTEL New York, is yet to be decided.

"We're very excited to announce our first project in Asia for YOTEL, the Singapore hotel will be a launch pad for our brand to expand to major cities and airports throughout Asia ," said Joe Sita, CEO, IFA Hotel Investments.

Recommended reading: 'Pod Hotels' by Teresa Y. Lee

Pod hotels are hotels with smaller rooms than traditional hotels, usually less than 200 square feet, with minimum amenities and while these have evolved from their Japanese capsule hotel origin, the four main characteristics of a pod hotel are still small rooms, no frills or extra amenities, low prices, and central locations. Click HERE to continue....
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