While dining with my good friend Marisa on Wednesday, she mentioned the opening of a new hotel in Boston’s Seaport District. In our roles we are always looking for hip spots to host client events that will make a splash. How appropriate that Yotel picked Boston’s Seaport for it’s second city location, because a splash it is going to make! Opening next Thursday, 22 June at 65 Seaport Blvd. the 326 “cabin” hotel is all about compact luxury. So coincidentally, am I.
While the original hotels are known as Yotel Airs, and are located at airports, they carry the concept of first class travel to their city environs. Mission Control (Front Desk), Crew Members (Hotel Staff), and of course your Cabins (hotel rooms), all set the stage for a first class travel experience.
It’s no coincidence that Yotel’s creator, Simon Woodrooffe began his life as a stage manager before transitioning to a set designer, becoming a restauranteur with the opening of his first Yo Sushi in 1997, continued his illustrious career. Well naturally, someone that is known for innovating and reinventing himself, wasn’t going to sit about in the same old set for the rest of his life. So the Yotel concept, which with streamlined precision and ingenuity, gracefully melds aircraft cabin design, and yacht design, overlaying many of the principles of theater set design, and the technological systems that ensure quick, and seamless transitions from one set to another, into the hotels design…et voila, travel is transformed back to its standing as a time honored gift of adventure and wonder.
Thankfully this English based company converts square meters into square feet as my list of things to learn is long, and constantly growing. Don’t feel sad for those meters, they’ll get their spot light here. A Queen Cabin is 14 sqm, which is roughly 149 Square Feet. Seems small right? Yo likes to say “everything you need and nothing you don’t.” Technology plays an important role in creating comfort in this economically designed space. SmartBeds, SmartTVs, and the speediest of speedy Wi-fi seem to make it all work. Like micro-housing units there are plenty of places outside the cabin to convene, work, dine, and relax.
I can’t wait to escape to Yotel’s Boston Rooftop Lounge. As a Cape Cod Gal getting a glimpse of the water is as necessary to me a taking my next breath. The rooftop will offers an amazing vantage point from which to view the harbor, sit in comfortable lounge chairs, and a cocktail. Special introductory rates of $129. have me considering booking a room just for the chance to experience it all first hand.