It’s been awhile since I’d done Singapore hotel staycation reviews (the last one being at JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach), mostly because I’d been overseas in New Zealand for 6 months doing a Working Holiday, in Japan for the next 3 months working as a digital nomad, and then in Scotland for 2 weeks exploring the Highlands.
I was psyched to check out the latest hotels that sprung up over the time I was away, and YOTEL, with its opening in October 2017, couldn’t have come at a better time when I was in between my travels.
About YOTEL Singapore
Inspired by first class travel, YOTEL translates the language of luxury airline travel into small but luxurious ‘cabins’ that caters to modern-day travellers.
With their motto to provide everything you need and nothing you don’t, the entire property is designed in a way to maximize every conceivable space, in way that they term “small, smart spaces”.
Checking in to YOTEL Singapore
I arrived before the official check in time. As I approached the front desk requesting to check in, I was sent to the self-check in booths, but not before being called back as they had to check if my room was ready.
When I learned that my room was ready, a staff accompanied me to the self-check-in booth to confirm my particulars and activate my room cards. So technically, it isn’t really a self-check in since staff verification is needed.
They had the option of self-check out with the same machine which made it swift when it came to checking out of the hotel.
The one thing I wasn’t advised with checking in on my own was the facilities available and breakfast timings which would normally be shared when you check in with a hotel receptionist, and so I had to ask the front desk to obtain the information.
YOTEL Singapore’s Room
My journey to my room took me to the lift, which we noticed were playing from James Bond’s 007 movie playlist.
It was later that I learned that YOTEL works with an in-house music director who curates all of YOTEL’s music that will be played in the lobby area and lifts.
The room types available by YOTEL are:
- Premium Queen
- Premium Queen View
- Premium Queen Bunk
- Premium Queen View Bunk
- First Class Queen
- First Class Suite
- VIP Suite
We stayed in the Premium Queen Cabin.
The cabin’s layout is very much in sync with the theme of YOTEL’s brand colours – purple and white.
After you get over how new all the furniture in the room looks and how technologically savvy the room is (with the flat screen Smart TV greeting me upon coming in), the first unique feature when you step in is YOTEL’s signature adjustable Queen-sized SmartBed.
Much like how in every airline’s Business class, you can recline your airline seat into a bed, this bed can also be pulled back into a seated position so you’re in a comfortable position when watching movies in bed.
You wouldn’t believe it when I tell you the room size is only 16m2. They’ve integrated hidden spaces very well, via things like a hidden cabinet to store an iron and ironing board, hairdryer, umbrella and collapsible hooks. The bed was designed in a way that you had space to store your luggage underneath the bed if the need arises.
It also helps that the floor-to-ceiling window gives the illusion of a bright, open room and accentuates space. You don’t feel like you’re being boxed in a space of 16m2 at all.
Speaking of the large window, it is where the bathroom is situated. This means you get a view of the neighbouring buildings while doing your private businesses. The same can be said so in reverse (heh!), so it’s advisable to pull down your blinds whenever you take a shower.
The attention to detail and quality of products can be seen from the fluffy slippers they provide (not thin, cardboard ones), toothbrush (that they had designed to be in line with YOTEL’s theme instead of regular, disposable ones) and the Urban Skincare shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion.
One other feature we notice was how the door was double sealed – which means all rooms are sound-proof! This attention to detail to a customer’s experience means a great deal to me, especially since it’s hard for me, with the number of hotels that I’ve reviewed in and around Singapore, to find a differentiating factor between one hotel and another.
There is also a work desk sandwiched at the corner of the room. Even though it was a slidable table, the space wasn’t really sufficient for working comfortably, especially without a chair. On top of that, the main desk was filled with condiments such as tea, coffee and snacks. Besides, the bed was waaaay nicer to work on than the table.
I appreciated the hotel’s thoughtful gesture when we found local snacks delivered to our room when we came back from the day’s activities. The snacks are so local that I don’t even know if there is a proper name in English to describe them.
The other room type – the Premium Queen Cabin with Bunk – is perfect for families with a child, or if you want to organise a mini staycation party with friends. Connecting bunk rooms are also available upon request and availability.
Prices range from USD128 to USD480 per night.
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YOTEL Singapore’s Amenities
It is on the 10th floor where you can find the hotel’s amenities such as the gym, the swimming pool and the terrace, alongside the restaurant.
The gym is open 24 hours, and the equipment they provide goes beyond the standard cardio machines. They have equipment that almost all full-service gyms provide, as well as sports towels and water supply within the gym.
As part of catering to modern-day travellers, part of their restaurant is converted into a co-working space, dominated by a large table which is very laptop-friendly – complete with power point plugs to charge your electronic devices if needed.
The floor-to-ceiling windows, which look out to the swimming pool, exude a feeling of openness and freshness that makes working in this relaxing atmosphere that much more enjoyable.
Meeting rooms with plush furnishings can also be set up if the need arises, so it’s a perfect venue for private social gathering events, be it for business or leisure.
Private rooms are also available for making calls, so you can get on your impromptu business calls without fear of interrupting others or being overheard.
YOTEL Singapore’s Services
One of YOTEL’s technological feature which they pride themselves on is their serviced robots, Yolanda and Yoshi. These robots can be activated with a phone call from your hotel room to deliver simple commands, such as getting a bottle of water or another set of towels.
These robots are fitted with sensors to go round obstruction (i.e. humans), call for the lift, and deliver the items to your room’s doorstep. Yolanda, the female robot, can even sing!
Dining at YOTEL Singapore’s Grains & Hops Restaurant & Bar
With a menu tastefully inspired by grains, Grains & Hops tries to incorporate grains in each of their meal offerings. One such example is their breakfast muesli which contains multigrain cereal. It is actually quite an ideal breakfast item – sweet and easy for ingesting without being bloated in the stomach.
Along with the rest of the buffet breakfast which serves everything from breads and pastries to salads, waffles and fried noodles, YOTEL’s breakfast is an affair worth waking up early to spend more time indulging.
Grains & Hops is open to the public. If anything, you should pop down and have a go at their very own brewed beer.
YOTEL Singapore’s Location
With YOTEL being located right in the heart of Singapore’s shopping district, Orchard Road, it can be hard to locate the hotel for those unfamiliar with area since they are located behind the main shopping street.
Orchard Road is truly a complicated maze both on the ground and underground, weaving from one underground tunnel linking to one shopping mall to another.
You’ll soon realize how close it is to the shopping malls of Orchard Road and what a prime location it is in, especially it being 5 minutes from Orchard MRT station.
YOTEL Singapore 366 Orchard Road Singapore 238904 [email protected]
Special thanks to YOTEL Singapore for making this stay possible! All opinions remain my own.