YOTELMay 25, 2015
Nothing beats travelling - who doesn't love a good trip abroad? However there's one thing about travelling that's considered to be universally unappealing; the long, exhausting journeys, particularly ones with stopovers. It's always a good idea to get some rest and relaxation en route when possible, to save yourself from being exhausted when you finally arrive at your destination. YOTEL's airport hotels provide a nifty way for travellers in transit to do just that.
YOTEL has a flexible booking system, meaning that you can book out one of the ultra-modern cabins for a couple of hours (4 minimum) to a full day to suit your needs. They make for a comfortable and convenient way to spend an airport stopover, with hotels in London Heathrow and Gatwick Airport, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and there's also one in Times Square, New York. They are designed like first class aircraft cabins, utilising space efficiently whilst offering everything that you would expect from a luxury hotel.
I recently had an early flight to catch from London Heathrow Airport, so it made sense to book one of the premium cabins at YOTEL Heathrow Terminal 4 for the night to get some pre-departure rest.
Premium Cabin Features
The premium cabin's interior is modern, slick and somewhat futuristic. The ultra comfortable bed can be reclined from a space saving folded position automatically using the control pad next to the bed where you can also change the cabin's light themes. The ambient magenta lighting option creates a calming atmosphere; making it feel like a real escape from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the terminal outside. The cabin features a fold-out desk and flat screen television. YOTEL also offers a slightly more basic standard cabin for a cheaper rate. Every booking comes with free WIFI and unlimited complimentary hot drinks.
If you are a chai latte addict like moi, you may be pleased to know that there's a Cafe Nero two minutes away up the stairs on the Terminal 4's departures floor - as well as lots of other drinking / dining venues within very close vicinity, including Cafe Rouge.
Food at YOTEL
Yotel also offers hot and cold food, which is very reasonably priced considering how expensive food in the rest of the terminal is. Food orders get delivered to your door.
The cabin bathroom features a lovely monsoon shower, a huge sink and thick fluffy towels. The bathroom and the rest of the cabin overall was immaculately clean too.
This is the bed in its stowed position; as you can see it almost folds up ninety degrees. This really maximises space in the cabin for when you are not sleeping - it's really rather nifty. The bed is ultra comfortable with soft linen and ample fluffy pillows.
I had an incredibly comfortable and relaxing night at YOTEL and felt refreshed and ready for my early morning flight the next day.
View into the cabin through the window from the corridor.
The cabin doesn't have an outdoor window, however it does have one that faces the corridor, complete with a blind for privacy.
I love the concept behind YOTEL and I would definitely book a cabin again. The flexible booking hours are fantastic as you pay for what you use and it sure beats sitting in an uncomfortable, noisy terminal lounge for hours. YOTEL will soon be coming to Singapore Changi Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport; I really hope they bring them to many more airports in the future!