First Yotel in Scotland to open in Edinburgh

First Yotel in Scotland to open in Edinburgh

The first Yotel in Scotland is to open in Edinburgh.

The project marks the first use of a $250 million strategic partnership between Yotel and an affiliate of global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group announced in September.

The hotel will feature a two-storey screening room and bar fronting Queen Street in addition to a club lounge offering meeting and co-working spaces.

Each ‘cabin’ will incorporate adjustable mood lighting and smart TVs for connectivity to guests’ devices.

Rooms and communal areas will have free super-fast wi-fi connectivity.

Yotel, created by Yo! Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe, operates airport hotels at Gatwick, Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris, Charles de Gaulle; and city hotels in New York, Boston and Singapore.

New hotels are under development at Singapore Changi airport, San Francisco, London Clerkenwell, Dubai, Miami and Amsterdam.

Chief executive, Hubert Viriot, said: “Edinburgh is both a popular tourist and business hub and our new hotel will be a great addition to the city, appealing to both markets.

“Our contemporary and playful design together with technology-driven experiences, will offer an exciting alternative to the current mostly traditional offering.

“Yotel is on a rapid expansion path and the announcement of our Edinburgh city hotel plays an integral part in our future plans in Scotland and the rest of the globe.”

Starwood Capital Group managing director, head of European hotels, Cody Bradshaw, added: “We’ve leveraged our in-house expertise in site acquisition, planning and redevelopment to find the perfect building in Edinburgh for our first Yotel project, and are delighted to help this distinctive brand make their debut in Scotland.

“We’ve brought in a local architect to incorporate elements of the surrounding area, while in keeping with the innovative spirit of the Yotel brand, with the aim of creating something truly unique in this local market.”

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