The Seaport, Boston’s epicenter of innovation in technology and business, just became home to Yotel, a futuristic, technology-driven hotel.
Opened last week, the neighborhood’s latest luxury offering is already booking guests for its 326 cabins. The London-based hotel chain is known for transforming the feel of lavish airline travel experiences into hotel spaces, especially with its 152-square-foot cabins, more compact versions of traditional hotel rooms.
Boston is Yotel’s second U.S. location, with four other hotels operating in European airports. Seven new locations around the world are in development to be opened between 2017 and 2019, including cities such as San Francisco and Dubai.
“The Boston Seaport District, being known as the Innovation District, was the perfect match for us,” says Christopher Hartzell, general manager of Yotel Boston.
The premium queen cabin is Yotel’s standard offering and costs $120.17 through July, with prices rising to $179 thereafter. Guests wishing for more space can find cabins available in larger — and pricier — layouts. The logic behind this compact design is to give guests “everything they need and nothing they don’t,” according to the company’s website.
Yotel is also uniquely technology-focused, as guests can book their stay, check in and out, as well as enter their cabins all through the hotel’s mobile app. Additionally, airport-style kiosks are available to speed up the traditional check-in process. The Boston location also features ATOM, a “social galaxy” where guests can connect with one another through their social media accounts, available for all to see on the main floor.
Additionally, Yotel will be adding another rooftop destination to the Boston skyline. Sky Lounge is an indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar on the 12th floor of Yotel, which opens up to a rooftop terrace. Guests can also grab food or a drink at the ground floor Club Lounge. The menu will change seasonally, according to Hartzell.
“The most amazing thing is our terrace,” Hartzell says. “The views of Boston are stunning.”
Located across from One Seaport Square with direct access to the Courthouse Station Silver Line MBTA stop, Yotel is in the heart of the Seaport District. Hartzell adds that the company plans to be a part of the community, both by partnering with local businesses and through offering an additional living space to people moving into the Seaport.
“We’re going to be the second bedroom for [people living in] those condos,” Hartzell says. “We’re going to be that second terrace for people who want to have a glass of wine after work.”