Capsule-style hotel opens at GatwickYotel set for Heathrow later this year

21 June 2007

Tired travellers will be able to get their heads down in new Japanese style-capsule hotel rooms at Gatwick Airport.

Forty six cabins have been launched inside the airport’s south terminal and other city and airport locations – including Heathrow -  are set to follow.

The Yotel concept has been dreamt up by YO! Sushi chain founder, Simon Woodroffe, who wanted to combine a British Airways first-class cabin with a Japanese capsule hotel.

The luxury Yotel cabins come fully equipped with free Wifi and wired internet access, 'techno wall' entertainment systems and en-suite bathrooms.

Entertainment systems

The entertainment includes a flat screen TV system with over 60 free TV stations, on demand blockbuster and classic movies, 80 radio channels plus a jukebox with over 5,000 music tracks and a headphone jack.

Guests can use the TV system to order snacks, club meals and refreshments which are then delivered to the cabin.

The cabins can be booked for everything from a few hours to an overnight stay and can be reserved online.

At present there are 'Premium' and 'Standard' cabins – which have enough room for two, en-suite bathrooms, in cabin entertainment and room service.

Online reservations

There are also plans to launch 'Economy' cabins, which come with all the same amenities except en-suite bathrooms.

Simon Woodroffe said: ‘Travelling can be a painful experience so we are looking to making it as pleasurable as possible for Yotel customers. We expect this radical approach to be extremely popular with a range of consumers and are looking to expand Yotel globally.’

Prices for a standard cabin will range from £25 for four hours and from £55 overnight, while a premium cabin will cost from £40 for four hours, and from £80 overnight.

Bookings can be made online at www.yotel.com or by calling 0207-100-1100.