IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFA HR) are opening its second YOTEL hotel in the United Kingdom, with 32 stylish cabins at Heathrow Airport Terminal 4, following the initial opening at Gatwick earlier this year.
Talal Jassim Al-Bahar, Chairman and Managing Director of IFA HR stated, “Heathrow Airport is not only the biggest airport in the UK but also one of the busiest in the world. Last year, Heathrow Airport welcomed over 67.7 million passengers, flying to around 180 destinations on a choice of over 90 airlines. It was therefore a natural choice for our second YOTEL site.‰€?
The cabins come with all the facilities expected from a comfortable hotel room to enable work, relaxation, sleep, refreshment and entertainment. Cabins come as ‘Premium’ double, and ‘Standard, large single’ en suite bath rooms, in cabin entertainment and 24 hour room service.
While businesses are watching their budgets and increasingly encouraging economy or no frills hotels and travel, YO! Founder Simon Woodroffe conceived the innovative YOTEL cabins to provide a flexible and convenient ‘first class’ hotel experience at affordable prices. The next-generation 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.
Instead of sharing a table in a cafe with excited holiday makers, business travellers can finish off a presentation, make important telephone calls, catch-up on emails and the latest business news on TV - whilst enjoying freshly ground coffee and a delicious food menu, all in the privacy of their own cabin. Additionally, passengers leaving on early morning flights can spend the night before at YOTEL to catch some valuable sleep before travelling, safe in the knowledge that they are just a stroll away from their departure point.
YOTEL CEO Gerard Greene said, ‰€?Following the exceptional success of our Gatwick opening with phenomenal occupancy levels, YOTEL Heathrow will offer more passengers the chance to experience a little bit of luxury and relaxation right inside the world‰€?s busiest airport. We are continuing to expand globally with Schiphol opening in early 08 and other exciting destinations around the world to be announced.‰€?
Several international locations have already been identified as prime opportunities for YOTEL including Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, Germany, New York, Russia, India, South Africa and more.
Al-Bahar concluded: “YOTEL is a brand that is going to grow exponentially in the next few years as we identify new locations. Our goal is to see a YOTEL in the majority of international cities and airports around the world.”