By Theresa Russell
Always intrigued by innovative hotels, I decided to stay at the Yotel in New York City the night before my cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway. The Yotel appealed to me for several reasons. First of all, it has a convenient location to Pier 88. Secondly, the rooms are called cabins and the staff are referred to as crew members. That would definitely get me ready for my onboard experience. Thirdly, the hotel is LEED certified and also makes efficient use of small space.
Upon entering the hotel, I noticed a diverse mix of clients – hipsters, families, business people, none of them seeming out of place here. Check-in can be done automatically at computers in the first floor lobby or on the 4th floor with a live crew member. The automated option (also available for checking out) means no waiting in lines to get to your cabin.
The majority of the cabins are queen cabins that have a minimalist Scandinavian style design. In fact, one vendor of such design style came to mind as I entered my efficient and compact cabin. The bed, which expands at the touch of a button was comfortable.
A complimentary breakfast offered the best muffins in a variety of flavors that I have ever had at a complimentary breakfast, as well as tea and coffee. The pleasant weather allowed for sitting on the largest outdoor hotel terrace in the city.
Be sure to seek out the two quirky mascots, Shaggy and Leslie.
A galley located on each floor has coffee, tea and hot chocolate as well as a microwave, fridge, ice and vending machine.
If you need to store luggage, the Yobot will do that for you.
The Yotel truly offers affordable luxury in a convenient location.
About Theresa Russell
Claiming her lust for travel began on her first journey through the birth canal, Theresa is genetically programmed to travel and to have fun doing it. She especially enjoys adventure and experiential travel and always finds something at a destination to write home about.