Japan’s cheapskate hotel chain Toyoko Inn is all set to invade the US with a pod-like budget hotel in New York City. The Toyoko Inn tower in New York will open in 2012, followed by more Toyoko Inn hotels in Chicago and Atlanta.
Toyoko’s 35-story, 640-room New York hotel is located in Long Island City, in western Queens.
The Toyoko Inn will be a bare-bones budget hotel, offering a small 200 feet room at a rate of just over $100 per night. There will be no swimming pool or any of the other amenities that are usually found even in budget hotels.
The only things guests can expect are a bed, bathroom, desk and a TV. They do, however, offer free internet inside rooms and wireless internet in the lobby, and a complimentary breakfast.
Inspite of being in Queens, the location is convinient since the hotel is a few steps from a subway station, so visitors can make it from the hotel to midtown Manhattan very quickly.
The New York Toyoko Inn will be followed by the Chicago Toyoko Inn – a 500-room hotel on Clinton Street. The one in Atlanta, on Forsyth Street, will be a 700-room hotel.
Note: Toyoko Inn almost exclusively hires only women. As of earlier this year, they had nearly 7000 employees, and 95% of their workforce is female. Their management is almost entirely composed of married women. Apparently, this is an attempt to cater to women on the road, who are traveling alone.
Toyoko Inn Co. is based in Tokyo, Japan and has over 235 budget hotels all over Japan. Outside of Japan, they have a couple of hotels in South Korea, and one in China. In addition to their first US hotel in New York, and then Chicago and Atlanta, Toyoko likely has plans to expand further.
The design for every Toyoko Inn is nearly the same, housed in tall brown matchbox-type towers located near mass-transit hubs, with as many tiny rooms as possible packed into the building. The Toyoko Inn in Queens is being designed by New York-based architect Gene Kaufman.
Photo – Kure