Located in accessible, upcoming urban centers, YOTEL hotels deliver luxury accommodation at affordable prices, creating a sense of community with spaces for work, exercise and social gatherings. Guests can enjoy designed spaces featuring the signature ‘technowall’ with smart TVs and connectivity for all their devices — The rooms themselves also include other innovations including rejuvenating monsoon-rain showers, relaxing mood lighting, and the piece de resistance: the comfort of wrapping yourself in a warm bath towel.
YOTEL located in New York (Manhattan) is equipped with “Radiant” heated towel racks by Amba Products — the quality and design of these low-wattage units emphasize YOTEL’s commitment to ‘design around you’: giving guests the luxurious embrace of a cozy warm towel when stepping out of the shower. [With the success of the initial rollout, YOTEL plans to add Radiant Heated Towel Racks to their upcoming locations in Boston and San Francisco.]
When asked why YOTEL included heated towel racks into bathroom design, Stuart Pannell, YOTEL Senior Manager – Global Design, explained, “Two reasons; firstly it is normally something found in an upper tier property and adds to the affordable luxury brand proposition we endeavor to achieve. Also, as we have concrete floors in our City bathrooms, it warms that space up nicely considering our bathrooms are adjacent to the windows. Especially in NYC and Boston winters!!”
Heated towel racks not only provide the satisfaction of warm towels, but also dry towels faster after use — guests not only appreciate the luxury, but are incentivized to reuse their towels more often. Reusing towels is not only great for the environment, but helps hotels save on laundry costs including detergent, water, energy and labor: some of a hotel’s largest expenses! The heat generated from heated towel racks also keeps humidity out of bathrooms, stopping the growth of mold and mildew.
Why specifically the Radiant? YOTEL selected the Radiant heated towel rack because “It is a good quality product with very good credentials. Amba Products is a solid supplier which we have grown a good amount of loyalty with,” stated Pannell. “These are extremely low maintenance. Occasionally a switch needs to be replaced. But that’s about it. Minimal issues with them. Our Guests love them. It seems to be a more European thing to have them in bathrooms, and they regularly comment on how unusual it is.”
The Radiant Collection is comprised of affordable wall-mounted heated towel racks offered in both round or square bar designs, with choice of straight or curved horizontal bars and two finishes: brushed or polished stainless steel. The collection also features a ‘shelf unit’ which provides space to both stack and hang towels. Each Radiant is made from high-quality 304 stainless steel which is essential for the bathroom setting — giving these heated towel racks superior corrosion and rust resistance. This collection also includes an integrated on/off switch with pilot light and uses a dry-element technology to heat up in as little as 15 minutes. With a power rating of 110–150 watts each heated towel rack consumes power equivalent to about two light bulbs.
The U.S Green building council awarded LEED Gold Certification to YOTEL New York for demonstrating remarkable green building leadership while constructing and operating their environmentally-friendly hotel in New York. YOTEL’s Pannell states, “We want to make our company and the way we do business as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. We want to give a little something back to our community and the people with whom we share this glorious planet.” Amba heated towel racks support this vision.