Yotel to open at London airports

08 December 2005
Yotel to open at London airports

Budget hotel group Yotel has secured funding to open its first two sites at Heathrow and Gatwick airports in mid-2006.

A 40-cabin hotel is planned for Heathrow's Terminal 4, while a 50-cabin hotel will be built in Gatwick's South Terminal after leases were agreed with airport operator BAA. Each cabin comprises a double rotating bed, techno walls, monsoon shower, pull-down desk, flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi access. The cabins, described as "luxury business class at low prices", cost about £80 a night.

Customers can book cabins in four-hour blocks and can check in online from the cabins.

Yotel was founded by Yo! Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe and chief executive Gerard Greene. The hotels are funded by a major investment from Kuwaiti-based IFA Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of International Financial Advisors (IFA) and facilitated by Univest Group. Greene said: "The recent investment by IFA Hotels & Resorts will facilitate our global expansion plans with BAA."

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