Local Escapes

Get Those Tokyo Vibes With Melbourne’s New Towering 244-Room Pod-Style Hotel

By Rick Stephens
25th May 2020

The entrance to an overseas Yotel.

Come the first quarter 2022, Melbourne will be home to a massive pod-style hotel from international hotel brand Yotel positioned by Melbourne’s arts precinct in Southbank.

The European company is known as a disruptor of the accommodation industry with its progressive pods, or “cabins”. The hotels follow an almost-identical model across their global locations, with the accommodation focusing on technology, comfort and community without the price tag or details that come along with luxury hotels.

The Southbank location is set to have 244 pods, each coming standard with a smartbed, a smart TV, rain-showers and current ports for charging the various devices of the modern world. Currently, most Yotels have a series of accessible cabins for those with impairments, and it’s expected its first Australian location will follow suit.

Yotel looks to attract guests travelling for business and leisure with their signature spaces, called ‘KOMYUNITI’; the spaces provide guests with areas for co-working, informal meetings and leisure alike. There will also be a 24-hour gym, a bar and a viewing deck within the complex.

Australia’s first Yotel will be located on City Road in Southbank and will see the well-known Photography Studies College building demolished. It’s suggested that the new building will pay homage to the locale’s original industry in some form—exactly what looks like hasn’t been announced as yet. 

In the meantime, start planning your next local escape at our Travel section.

Image credit: Yotel | Instagram

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