Yotel confirms global expansion plans

4 Dec 2014 by BusinessTraveller
Capsule hotel chain Yotel has confirmed plans for global expansion, with new properties across Asia, Europe and North America. The group – which currently operates three airport hotels at Gatwick, Heathrow and Amsterdam, as well a city centre New York property – first announced expansion plans back in 2011 (see news June  2011), and has since confirmed new projects Singapore and Paris. But this latest announcement goes much further, confirming forthcoming sites in downtown Miami and San Francisco’s Mid-Market district, as well as a second New York property in Brooklyn. Yotel New York room The group also say it is in “advanced negotiations” to operate new hotels in the US cities of Boston, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto, and is “actively pursuing opportunities” in Dubai, London, Milan, Barcelona, Sydney and Hong Kong. Yotel started life as a concept conceived for airport locations, with small cabins available in either single or double bed formats. But the success of the group’s 669-room property close to New York’s Times Square (pictured below)has led to the offering being adapted, to the extent that only one third of future growth expected to be from airport locations, with the other two thirds coming from city centre properties. One of these will be the Yotel Singapore, a 600-cabin hotel located on Orchard Road and scheduled to open in 2017. Before that the group will open its fourth airport property though, situated at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and due to be unveiled in 2016. For a review of Yotel’s airport offering at Heathrow (published in 2010), click here, and for a review of the Yotel New York from 2011, click here. Mark Caswell
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