psfkUNFILTERED: Staff Writer Simone Spilka tries her sleep at a not-so traditional overnight stay

In the midst of New York City’s chaos and noise, does the promise of a smartbed really mean a next level of R&R? I try out YOTEL‘s recent ‘SmartBed’ initiative to better understand how hotel rooms exclusively cater to the modern traveler.

Upon check-in, YOTEL offers automated services so guests can bypass the front desk experience at their convenience. Walking into the hotel, guests locate a kiosk and process their reservation via last name or email. As with an airport ticket kiosk, the machine issues a room number and hotel key for your stay. The entire process takes under one minute.

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