If you are embarking on an international journey soon and are having a layover that will last longer than 4 hours at a major aviation hub like Paris – Charles de Gaulle, Istanbul, London Gatwick, Singapore Changi or Amsterdam Schiphol, you might want to consider spending it in the comfort and coziness of a Yotelair cabin. This capsule-style accommodation is part of the Yotel hospitality chain, and specializes in providing a place to get some rest, catch up with work, take a shower, recharge the batteries of all your devices and sleep in either the departures concourse or the arrivals area of the airport.
Likewise, Yotelair transit hotels are indicated not just for passengers in transit, but also for those who will catch the first flight in the morning and don’t want to miss it and for the ones who will land late at night and would rather sleep at the airport than commute to their place with all their bags when it’s dark already. What is more, they can make a reservation just for the hours they’ll need the cabin, the minimum being 4 hours.
The greatest allure of Yotelair lies in its minimalism and the functionality of its technologically advanced features; it would be safe to say that this concept combines the best of what conventional hotels can offer with the philosophy of capsule-hotels, yet staying right in the middle, since Yotelair cabins are in fact more spacious than the average capsule.
How are Yotelair airport cabins different from conventional transit hotels?
The main differences between Yotelair hotels and other hotels in airports are:
- Their convenient location inside the transit area of the airport terminals or in the arrivals public hall, in both cases close to Duty Free stores, dining options and passenger services.
- The opportunity they give you to save money by booking your stay by the hour, although it must be taken into account that the minimum time stretch allowed is 4 hours, which already makes a big difference if compared to having to pay for a whole overnight stay.
Which documentation is required to check into a Yotelair at the airport?
Note that, in order to reach the Yotelair hotels located airside, you will have to clear security and passport control, and therefore you will be asked for your passport and boarding pass (mandatory) along your way to the hotel as well as at the moment of checking in. Only passengers holding a valid boarding pass will be admitted into a transit Yotelair hotel. You must check your bags before clearing security because only hand luggage is accepted.
While you may not need a transit visa if you are just making a connection without leaving the restricted area of the airport, a valid travel visa to enter the country might be required when staying in a Yotelair in the public zone, due to the fact that you will be leaving the transit concourse behind and literally crossing the border to sleep at the hotel. Make sure you confirm that this will be the case with the competent travel authorities, consulates or embassies.
Which airports of the world have Yotelair hotels in their transit or public area?
YOTELAIR hotel inside Singapore Changi airport
You will find the Yotelair Changi and its 130 cabins in the public Jewel Changi terminal (4th floor). This location has friendly robots as part of the staff in addition to its signature amenities, round-the-clock security, 24-hour reception, accessible premises, elevators and digital self-check in kiosks. If you are having a layover in Singapore or your stay have been planned as pre-departure because your trip ends, you might already be aware of the fact that you will need either a transit or a tourist visa.
YOTELAIR hotel inside Paris Charles de Gaulle – Roissy airport in France
The Yotelair Paris airport is found near Aerogare 2E / Terminal 2E in the transit concourse, so it is ideally recommended to passengers flying to an overseas, non-Schengen destination with Air France and other SkyTeam airlines, or else heading to the UK or transferring to another international flight without leaving this airport terminal. Therefore, it is important to remind you that you will need to be in possession of a valid boarding pass to catch a flight departing gates K, L or M in T2E with hand luggage only.
YOTELAIR hotel inside London Gatwick airport
The Yotelair Gatwick is conveniently located on the public arrivals concourse of the South Terminal (ground floor), right next to the international arrivals hall and connected to the North Terminal by regular shuttle services provided at no cost. If you are departing London, allow for some extra time to go through security and passport control between checking out and boarding your flight. Otherwise, if you are arriving, you will be required to claim your baggage, clear UK immigration and show a valid UK visa before checking into the hotel.
YOTELAIR hotel inside the New Istanbul airport
The Yotelair Istanbul is situated on the airside and is the only transit hotel at IST, superbly located within the Duty Free zone after security and passport control. As is the case with other Yotelair hotels inside airport terminals, you will need to drop your checked baggage and check into your cabin with your cabin bag only. Since you will be staying in the transit area of the biggest transit hub in the world, you will have a concierge desk at your disposal, extra amenities and facilities and adjoining rooms available for groups and families travelling together. If staying in the restricted zone of the airport does not suit your travel needs, note that there is another Yotel hotel in the landside of Istanbul airport.
YOTELAIR Amsterdam Schiphol
The Yotelair in Amsterdam airport is found in the Departures Concourse 2 after security and passport control, in the restricted international transit area. Providing all the Yotelair amenities available in other world locations, the Yotelair cabins inside the terminal of Schiphol airport are especially indicated for passengers in transit, those whose journey has been affected by delayed or cancelled flights or travellers departing first thing in the morning who would like to sleep at the airport and be the first ones waiting at the gate. Remember, though, that you must have your boarding pass with you at the time of check-in, and that only hand luggage is allowed.
What amenities will I find in my Yotelair cabin?
Guests who book a Yotelair airport cabin get high-speed WiFi connection to be used on multiple devices, a smart TV enabling connectivity to stream movies and music, electronic laptop safe, power outlets and USB sockets, rain-effect shower, complimentary toiletries, work desk, hairdryer, iron and iron board upon request, signature smart beds and pillows, techno-wall with mood lighting, digital self-check in kiosks and other technological features. Available units can be Standard (accommodates 1 or 2 people), Twin, Premium Queen or Family (accessible).