“ Make your in-transit comfortable and enjoyable. Book a cabin right in the airport terminal. Currently available at London Heathrow, Gatwick and Amsterdam Schipol airports. „
Anyone who has been to Heathrow terminal 4 will know that it is a dismal dreary place with nothing in it but a starbucks and a weatherspoons. Yotel makes it all go away. . .
It's mega reasonable. We got a premium cabin for four hours for £40.00, I think the standards are around £25.00. In comparison there is a Hilton at Terminal 4 that costs around £200.00 a night.
The Cabin itself is very cool, kind of like a futuristic love-pod. You can imagine James Bond in it - floating into space with some hottie named miss Goodbody or something. The Bed is one of those electric folding beds that were used to fold the glorious Thora Hird (may she rest in peace) and are very comfortable. It does feel like a cabin but a fun futuristic camping-in-space cabin. The lights are a bit hard to control and are a bit blue for my liking but they fit nicely with the decor. Plus there is a 'natural' light option as well.
The awesome powershower and bathroom are only separated by a glass wall (which thankfully has a curtain) so if you're sharing the room you do need to know someone really well!
Yo! Best Entertainment
When we put some music on we were really surprised at the quality of the selection. For instance they had Peaches (OMG THAT"S RIGHT) Stevie Wonder, The Beach Boys, AC/DC and many others that were highly to my liking. You can also order movies or listen to the radio.
Were really helpful and friendly - even when we broke one of the glasses in the room they didn't charge us or act shirty or anything. Check in was easy and the booking process was pretty straighforward as well.
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If you go to their website www.yotel.com you can take a mini virtual tour of the rooms and find out the prices. They're part of the Yo! Sushi Chain and there is something about the design of the cabins that is gloriously functional and still really fun. They have Yotels in Gatwick, Heathrow and Amsterdam and hopefully more will spring up soon as they're wonderful
I would highly recommend this to anyone who needs to travel at funny hours, likes pretending they're in a Sci-fi movie or wants to escape the terrible boredom of Terminal 4.
I first discovered the Yotel hotels when I was due to fly to Egypt from Gatwick at some insane time in the morning, and didn't fancy getting up at 3am to leave my house in time to get to the airport for check in. So I decided to look at the hotels in the vicintiy of the airport, but got dismayed when I saw the prices and then the fact that the "convenient" shuttle bus doesn't run early enough for us....
Then I came across Yotel. They are located in, yes IN Gatwick airport, just off the departure lounge. You don't even have to leave the airport. So you can wake up, shower, and walk the 100m or so to the departure area. What could be better?
The Yotel is loosely based on the Japanese capsule hotels, and as well as Gatwick there is one in Heathrow and also overseas at Amsterdam. The rooms you get are very small, but they have everything you need including bed with fresh crisp linen, a TV, luggage space, a shower and toilet.
Bookings are for a minimum of four hours, up to however long you need. If you book until say 4am in the morning but your flight is then delayed for four hours, you are able to extend your booking on site.
There is a choice of three different types of rooms:
Twin (2 large singles bunk-bed style)
Standard (Large single bed)
Premium (Double bed)
The prices do vary between the room types, with the premium being the more expensive. Me and my husband went for the Standard (As that was all they had) and we shared the bed comfortably. One thing I will mention though is that in our Standard Room the shower and toilet is seperated by a glass wall.... with no curtain! I presume that as it has a large single bed they only expect one person to use it, but be warned!!
There is a TV in the room which you can set an alarm on so that you don't miss check in, we set this and it worked fine. I may suggest to bring some earplugs though, as it can get quite noisy with other guests arriving and leaving all throughout the night!
When you arrive at the Yotel you check in at a machine that scans the debit card you used to book online with, and once it has verified a few details it gives your your room number and electronic key. The corridors are a very space age fluroescent purple (check out their web page for the pics) and very modern, the room numbers are clearly signposted.
Yotel have a website where you can take virtual tours of the cabins, read FAQ's and most importantly book a cabin. Its www.Yotel.com.
Booking on this site is very easy and straight forward, all you need to do is choose your Yotel, the dates and times and it will tell you what type of room is available. We stayed there for 8 hours in September 2008 and the cost was a very reasonable £52 - compared to the other hotels in the airport (the Hilton springs to mind!) this is cheap!!
Thoroughly recommended as an alternative to leaving your house at some unearthly hour of the morning to get there in time for check in, and also you dont have to worry about traffic jams!!