IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFA HR)
is to open a Yotel at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Construction of the 55 cabin
Yotel has already started with plans to welcome guests early 2008.
Talal Jassim Al-Bahar, Chairman and Managing Director of IFA HR
said, “In line with Yotel’s global expansion strategy, we are delighted
to announce the partnership with Schiphol Group and our entry into the Netherlands.
Yotel is the hotel of the future, offering luxury accommodation at an affordable price and the concept of
Yotel is ideal for major transportation hubs and urban destinations that host a
strong mix of leisure and business visitors. Amsterdam, therefore, provides the perfect location for the first
Yotel location outside the UK.”
The Schiphol site,
Yotel’s third property, will be Yotel’s first air-side hotel, located inside the airport terminal after passport control on the
second floor of lounge 2, close to Pier D.
The first of
Yotel’s pioneering, cabin hotels opened in London in July 2007, within London Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal
building. A cross between Japanese pod hotels and business-class air travel,
Yotel is the brainchild of Simon Woodroffe, founder of the YO! brand who hit upon the idea after being upgraded to first-class on a British Airways flight, and decided to translate the language of
luxury airline travel into a small capsule-style hotel.
said, “The radical approach of the Yotel brand with the signature YO! formula of innovation and entertainment fits well
with Schiphol’s visionary picture of the new world. Yotel aims to make the airport experience as pleasurable as possible. At London
Heathrow, a 32-cabin Yotel will open within Terminal 4 in December 2007.
Other international locations, in addition to this first air-side location at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, are already under negotiation and will
be announced in due course.”
cabins come fully equipped for all the needs of the business traveller with desks, free WiFi and wired internet access,
workstations and ‘techno wall’ entertainment systems and all cabins come with the facilities expected from a comfortable hotel room to
enable work, relaxation, sleep, refreshment and entertainment. Available in ‘Premium’ double, and ‘Standard, large single’ all have en-suite
bathrooms, in-cabin entertainment and 24hr room service.
The airport location and the fact that cabins are bookable in four-hour blocks means that delayed and transfer passengers will be able to
relax in privacy while taking in a movie, or enjoy a refreshing shower. Passengers leaving on early morning flights can spend the night
before with Yotel to catch some valuable sleep before travelling, safe in the knowledge that they are just a stroll away from their departure
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