Overnight layovers in London – Sleep easy at YOTELAIR

This was our third time with an overnight layover in London; making it our third sleep at YOTELAIR. We usually avoid lengthy layovers like a plague but we don’t mind them in London thanks to this innovative airport hotel! With two locations, one inside Terminal 4 at Heathrow and another inside the South terminal at Gatwick, YOTELAIR has become our new best friend in London.

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Overnight layover in London at YOTELAIR

Just imagine rolling out of bed, pressing the UP button on the elevator, and scanning your boarding pass for security clearance for an early morning flight within minutes. Or getting off the plane after an exhausting flight, and being able to hop into a comfy bed right away.

Similar to the capsule hotels in Japan, YOTELAIR is where innovation meets comfort. The space is smartly designed so that you’ll find everything you need in a cabin that’s no larger than 110sqft. Every inch of space is used for something, like luggage storage underneath beds.

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Kollecting Koordinates - overnight layover in London 1
Kollecting Koordinates - overnight layover in London 1
Kollecting Koordinates - overnight layover in London 1

Our Premium Cabin came with complimentary WiFi, a foldout desk, flat screen TV, and en-suite bathroom with monsoon shower. With a touch of a button, the convertible SmartBed glides to any position to work, lounge, or sleep.

Note: Standard cabins are also available for solo travelers.

YOTELAIR is not only convenient for those with an overnight layover in London, but also travelers with connection times of awkward lengths. Booking is available by the hour, with a minimum stay of 4 hours.

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Having stayed at both locations, we prefer Gatwick just a tad more simply because of the gentlemen at the Mission Control (YOTEL talk for reception desk). This is where you can order complimentary hot drinks and bottled water 24/7. What’s impressive is that we found their service to be on par with hotels that are 4-star or higher- perhaps even better than some!

Other Tips and Info

  • Rates start at £49.00+ for a minimum stay of 4 hours, and £95.00+ for stays longer than 12 hours.
  • Bottled water, espresso coffee, tea and hot chocolate are free all day!
  • Food can be ordered at Mission Control- staff will bring your meal to your cabin when it’s ready.
  • For more information and current promos, check out their official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Disclaimer: We were invited guests at YOTELAIR Gatwick. However, all opinions and experiences are honest and our own. We wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves! 

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  1. July 1, 2017 / 12:05 am

    This is so great! I always say that if more airports had hotels, I would use them – would be so great to lay down in an actual bed or take a shower during a long layover. This one looks cute, clean, and sounds sooo easy to access. Noted for future travel through London….

  2. July 1, 2017 / 1:07 am

    This sounds like the greatest invention ever!!! I cannot count how many times I’ve wished I could just stay at the airport because I had a late-night connection or early morning red-eye. This would be fantastic! Maybe I need to start routing my European flights through London…

  3. July 1, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Wow, this is such a great idea. I HATE the airport hotels at Heathrow. I usually have to travel from terminal 4 to terminal 2, leave the terminal and then take a bus. It is actually easier to reach London than the airport hotels and then shuttles stop running about 5:00. Yotel Air lets you visit the city and then just return to the main airport. That is a lot better use of a layover than messing with the hotels outside of the airport.

  4. July 2, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Having an overnight layover can be hard when it comes to finding affordable accommodation. Yotel Air sounds like a great idea to make use of your time and to have a good night sleep! They really make use of the space quite well. It seems bigger than one of the hotels we stayed in Paris!

  5. July 2, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    This is a great idea I always land at Heathrow Terminal 4 might check this place out if i need to do a layover or transit to another airlines next time.

  6. July 2, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    OMG this look so incredible! I’ve stayed at a Yotel before and I really like this concept! I could definitely take a snooze in there, just hope I don’t miss my flight!

  7. July 7, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    This is really cool! And good to know cause I fly out of Gatwick all the time!

  8. October 25, 2017 / 7:07 am

    I weirdly love airport hotels. Bloc is also good at Gatwick though it’s past/before immigration so better if you have an early departure than transit. Hotel Leonardo is my sleep spot of choice at Heathrow.

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