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Two micro-hotel flags have expanded to new cities: Boston will soon have its
first YOTEL, and the U.S. capital is now home to BD Hotels' Pod DC hotel.
YOTEL will open its second location in the U.S. this month, in Boston's
Seaport District. The 326-key hotel, designed by Cullen West Interiors, will reflect
the London-based brand's value-centric luxury vibe, with oversized open social
spaces and such digital features as an airline-style, self-service check in.
Like the brand's New York property, YOTEL Boston will feature the flag's
signature cabin guest room concept (above), which project participants say
incorporates elements synonymous with luxury hotels into compact spaces.
Accommodations will feature the brand's SmartBeds, adjustable mood lighting
and monsoon rain showers.
Plans for the property-which is owned by Wheelock Street Capital affiliates
and being developed by Boston Global Investors (the master developer behind
the nearby Seaport Square development)-also include a 12th-floor rooftop
terrace equipped with a bar and restaurant and indoor/outdoor seating.
More YOTEL properties coming: in San Francisco (later this year), Miami
(2019) and Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood (2019); as well in Singapore
(later this year), at the Singapore Changi Airport (2019) and in Dubai's Business
Bay district (2019).
BD Hotels' Pod DC, meantime is a 245-key locale in the city's Chinatown/
Penn Quarter neighborhood. Similar to the brand's two existing properties in
Manhattan, Pod DC emphasizes social interaction and connectivity via colorful
communal spaces (below). The locale-owned and operated by local lifestyle
group Modus Hotels-is also home to guest rooms (including some with bunk
beds) designed by Stonehill & Taylor and F&B venues created by architect/
designer Michael Francis of SAINT, Studio for Architecture and Interiors.
The creation of BD Hotels' Richard Born and his business partner, Ira
Drukier, the Pod Hotels brand has two more locales in development, in Times
Square and Brooklyn, respectively.
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