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The tech lovers dream hotel

If you think Times Square only offered fond memories of TRL and a half-naked cowboy wailing on the guitar, you clearly haven't heard of Yotel, an uber-contemporary lodging offering free WiFi throughout, eats from global restauranteur Richard Sandoval, and small-but-intelligently-designed rooms that maximize comfort.

The first thing you'll notice is the large robotic arm that stows your luggage, charmingly called the Yobot (note: it was originally built to star in I, Yobot, a film about robots that misplaced luggage and made Will Smith's hotel stays super annoying).

Their restaurant (Dohyo) features hydraulic tables that rise out of the floor, and large murals of sumo wrestlers fighting during a windstorm and hanging out with giraffes, which definitely enhance Sandoval's small plates of Wagyu brisket arepas, and steamed Alaskan crab dumplings

Rooms come equipped with convertible beds for extra space, and the bathrooms all feature monsoon showers, which sound really uncomfortable until you've actually had a monsoon shower

If you're lucky, beautiful women will be strewn about the lobby, hanging on your every word as you wax poetic about I, Yobot and monsoon showers.

And their wraparound deck is one of the largest in NYC, which isn't a bad way to round things out.

photos: Yotel