New York City is best city for catching Pokémon at ‘Pokétels’

Pokémon at 'Pokétels'New York City dominates the list of hotels with access to the most Pokéstops and Pokégyms within or near the property, taking nine of the 10 spots.

The top-rated ‘Pokétel’ in the US is The Towers at Lotte New York Palace, which features 11 Pokéstops and Pokégyms within 500 feet (152 m) and another 231 within a 1.25 mile (2 km) radius.

The travel industry has been quick to recognize the opportunities presented by the geo-location-based mobile game that gets players off their couches and out exploring in the real world. Users must capture Pokémon characters which are hidden amongst city landmarks, monuments, and public spaces.

Of the 500 millennials polled in a survey, 79 percent said they plan to play Pokémon Go on their next vacation.

Nearly half of respondents (48 percent) also said they would consider visiting a new destination because of the game.

The majority of respondents agreed they’d take free Wifi over free breakfast if they had to choose, and expressed a booking preference for hotels that are Pokéstops.

About one in four respondents said they could easily see themselves devoting up to three hours playing the game on their next vacation, and covering 2.5 miles (4 km).

On an international scale, Paris is home to the most Pokétels, taking six of the top 10 spots.

Hotels with Pokéstops and Pokégyms closer to the property held more weight in the overall score. Here are the top Pokétels in the US, as defined by the number of Pokéstops and Pokégyms within 500 feet:

1. The Towers at Lotte New York Palace, New York
2. Apartment 804, New York
3. The St. Regis New York
4. The Broome NYC, New York
5. The Peninsula New York
6. Baccarat Hotel and Residences, New York
7. Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel
8. The Library Hotel, New York City
9. Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
10. The NoMad Hotel, New York