As we are waiting on the arrival of some new hotels to open in Singapore this year, the YOTEL Singapore whose design inspiration stems from first class travel cabins, has already started to take reservations from 01 November 2017. The new YOTEL in Singapore aims to cultivate a sense of community within the hotel through large open spaces for co-working, social gatherings and wellness while providing the essential elements of luxury hotels in rooms and cabins where weary travellers will be able to enjoy in the privacy of their own rooms.
Located on Orchard Road, the newly-built YOTEL Singapore is just 5 minutes away from the Orchard MRT Station and it is just a short stroll from the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Singapore Botanical Gardens. At the time of publication, there are seven main room types here at the YOTEL Singapore and this includes a luxurious looking VIP View Suite which is located at the top floor of the property:
- Premium Queen (13sqm)
- Premium Queen View (13sqm)
- Premium Queen with 1 Bunk (13sqm)
- Premium Queen View with 1 Bunk (13sqm)
- Premium Queen View Deck (13sqm - inclusive of 5sqm balcony)
- First King Deck Cabin (26sqm - inclusive of 9sqm balcony)
- VIP View Suite (52sqm - inclusive of 20sqm balcony)
The lead-in room category here at YOTEL Singapore seems to be on the smaller side with just 13sqm of space but from the way it looks, it does seem to utilise space pretty efficiently - the room rates also start from S$199++ which is an awesome price considering where it is at. In my personal opinion, the strongest contender is the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road since it has a similar price point and is located in a fairly accessible location as well. With that being said, the design philosophy of the YOTEL Singapore looks infinitely better and I am pretty excited to go check it out for myself when it opens (even though I will probably opt for the First King Deck Cabin or the VIP View Suite if the price is relatively reasonable).
There appears to be a loyalty program for travellers who visit the YOTEL New York but it is unclear whether a similar program (or even a global loyalty program) will be established here in Singapore. Considering how the YOTELAIR Singapore Changi Airport is slated to open next year as well, it would be interesting to see how a loyalty program or equivalent stacks up in this Lion City.