YOTEL Singapore – Futuristic Boutique Hotel At Heart Of Orchard Road

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YOTEL Singapore isn’t your usual boutique hotel that hinges solely on design. The concept behind YOTEL chain of hotels is all about experiencing the perks and amenities of flying in first class to your next holiday destination but without taking the journey at all! YOTEL Singapore was the first of YOTEL hotels to open in the Little Red Dot in October 2017. It was designed to look like a futuristic aircraft with automated check-in/check-out process as well as autonomous robots that can make deliveries right to your room door on their own. Join us as we venture into an imaginary space adventure over the weekends at YOTEL Singapore!

YOTEL Singapore – Launch Your Stay From Mission Control

It’s a breeze getting to YOTEL Singapore. Nested right behind International Building and next to the Thai Embassy, it is centrally positioned near many public transport options, including Orchard MRT and the bus stops along Scotts Road and Orchard Road. As you walk up to the lobby, you are immediately transported into another world as you step into Mission Control, which is what YOTEL Singapore calls its reception and check-in area.

Decked out in a sleek and modern purple-and-white colour motif, Mission Control is easy to navigate. Other than the alcove seats (complete with power sockets to charge your devices), you can use the few automated check-in kiosks lined along the lobby walls for a quick check-in.

The check-in process itself is simple enough that nearly anyone can do it – each kiosk has a touch screen, a scanner, a credit card reader, and a slot to programme your room keycard. Just select whether you’re checking in or out, key in a few details and scan your identification documents (your passport), and you’re all set to make your own room keycard right at the terminal. It was so simple, we were done with the check-in process in less than five minutes – much faster than checking in the old-fashioned way.

But of course, if you need a bit of assistance, there’s nothing to worry about either, as the helpful YOTEL staff were standing by to help you out if you run into any difficulties, or if you just prefer to have someone help you with the process. Just let them know!

YOTEL Singapore – Welcome To Your Cabin and Amenities

YOTEL Singapore surprised us with its cheeky sense of humour and fun. You will see cute little fun quotes everywhere, including on the room keycards, and as we were travelling up to the cabin in the elevator. They even had a very interesting choice of elevator music that anyone growing up watching Sesame Street would recognize. The elevator door then opens up to a purple hue lobby that would challenge any instagrammer or photographer.

Reaching the room itself, we are surprised by how compact, cozy and modern the cabin is, with a very strong focus on and attention to design. Our cabin, a Premium Queen with View (although you can choose between anything from a standard Premium Queen room for 2, to the VIP Suite) is a sleek space that has pretty much everything you need in a hotel room, including a large flatscreen TV you can connect your own devices, a mini fridge, safe, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, as well as complimentary fast WiFi, bottled water and coffee/tea making facilities. Amenities are creatively tucked away and hidden, so you will have a bit of fun prodding around the room to find out what was hidden in every nook and cranny.

The highlight of the cabin, however, was the hotel’s custom SmartBed. Equipped with a comfy Serta memory foam mattress and adjustable controls, the SmartBed doubles up not just as a place for you to sleep, but can also be a comfy sofa to relax on as you binge on Netflix!

The bathroom, which is fully integrated into the room, was equally well-designed and stocked up generously with toiletries from the Urban Skincare range and a rain shower. It offers an amazing view of Orchard Road and its surroundings with its full-length windows. If you are concerned about your modesty, you can always roll down the blinds while you shower.

YOTEL Singapore – Yoshi and Yolanda At Your Service

You would not be able to miss YOTEL Singapore’s highlights – the two autonomous robots named Yoshi and Yolanda, who roam the halls of the hotel on their own, delivering items to guests that have requested them. Yoshi and Yolanda are fully integrated into the hotel infrastructure. This means that they can call the elevators, and can deliver anything from extra towels and bedroom slippers, to more bottled water for thirsty guests.

You don’t have to wait by the door for them either, as they can also call your room to let you know when they’re outside. Even better – they sing a little song to entertain guests after they are done with their delivery mission. So don’t be surprised to see them rolling down the halls on your next visit, or even riding the lift with you!

YOTEL Singapore – Awesome location completed with amazing facilities

Overall, YOTEL Singapore has a lot to offer. Smack right in Orchard Road, it is perfect for any tourist or business traveller looking for a decently priced and convenient location to stay. It has pretty much what you need to rest and relax, including a lap pool and gym.

You have a wide selection of food options, including the hotel’s own Grain and Hops restaurant, which offers the standard hotel breakfast buffet in the mornings and healthy rice bowls and craft beer the rest of the day, as well as restaurants nearby, such as Hans im Gluck’s healthier German burgers.

So if you’re looking for a nice place with a flourish of futuristic touches to stay on your next trip or staycation, check out YOTEL Singapore!

YOTEL Singapore – Book Your Next Staycation 

YOTEL Singapore rooms are available from $164SGD (as of 15 Apr 2018, check hotel website or your preferred booking website or agent for latest rates). YOTELs can be found in 7 cities worldwide, including New York, Boston, Amsterdam, Paris and London. A second YOTEL will open in Singapore at Jewel Changi Airport in 2019.

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