Following the success of Yotel branches in New York, Amsterdam and Paris, the brand opened its latest outlet, Yotel Boston, in June. Sister branches are currently in the pipeline for San Francisco and Singapore.
I enjoyed the latest addition to the family for a one-off night in late July. Having stayed at Yotel New York, I had some idea of what to expect.
Yotel offer a super modern traveling experience; The New York outlet has a robot that stores your luggage. Although Boston doesn’t boast that particular gimmick, in other ways it follows the same template. The premium cabins are designed to maximize economy of space.
The beds – which if I’m not mistaken seem to have a memory foam mattress or something similar – are in an upright, sofa position when you check into the room. At a push of a button, they stretch out to take up most of the bedroom space.
Clean, minimal and classy
The color palette is purple and white, with pale pine wood touches here and there (i.e. the TV unit at the foot of the bed). There are a surplus of power points: you can’t possibly have so many gadgets to charge but it’s welcome, nonetheless.
There’s also mood lighting, and you can change the hue to any color of the rainbow to suit your own taste.
It’s all clean, minimal and classy. In fact, lying down to sleep, with the dark New England skies outside my eight floor window, it was hard to escape the feeling that I could be sleeping on some futuristic space station. Then again, perhaps I just watch too much sci-fi!
The bathroom is small and spotless, with a glass-sided shower space, a range of washes and shampoos in big bottles (there’s no stealing hotel samples here!). The rooms are small but beautifully designed.
If you find the cabins a little claustrophobic, Yotel offers large communal areas for you to hang out. The Boston branch has an expansive lobby area with window desks, armchairs, sofas and a bar. It makes for a great space to relax with traveling companions or sit and work.
The top floor, there’s a similar Sky Lounge. Again, there’s a space for those who want to sit and work (with the obligatory charging points everywhere), and plenty of seating for those who just want to relax.
This include a great garden terrace with an amazing view of the Boston Skyline. It’s a must-visit, but particularly at sunset.
There’s no room service and minimal food options (pastries and bagels can be purchased for breakfast alongside free coffee), which helps to keep the room rates down.
You’ll find Yotel Boston in the Seaport District. Once a barren docklands area, it’s undergoing vast redevelopment at the moment, with other new hotels, retails outlets, restaurants and condominiums springing up.
In fact, I was last here in spring 2016 and the changes in just over 12 months have been dramatic. And, if you’re planning on any day trips to Provincetown, it’s literally stone’s throw from the ferry terminal.
For the best room rates, check yotel.com/boston