Yotel has announced its plans to open its first hotel in Scotland’s capital Edinburgh in Q1 of 2019. The city centre hotel will be located on the famous Queen Street in Edinburgh, at Erskine House.
Situated in a remarkably central location and surrounded by a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the new hotel will boast easy access to top city attractions and have excellent transport links with both Waverley and Haymarket railway stations within walking distance.
The project is currently in development stages and marks the first use of the $250 million strategic partnership announcement between and an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, a global private investment firm, on the 26 September. The project will be designed by Edinburgh-based Fletcher Joseph Architects and global interior designer, Aedas with construction by ISG.
Integrating the elements of luxury hotels into cleverly designed spaces, the hotel will offer approximately 280 rooms known as cabins. From a Premium Cabin to a VIP Suite, Yotel Edinburgh will offer something to suit every budget and every need without compromising on comfort and convenience.
“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,” says Yotel CEO Hubert Viriot. “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.”
Each cabin will incorporate Yotel’s seamless technology-driven offerings and clever space saving design. All cabins will feature Yotel’s Technowall with adjustable mood lighting and smart TVs for easy connectivity to guests’ own devices as well as the brand’s signature adjustable SmartBed with super comfortable Serta Gel mattresses. All cabins and communal areas of the hotel will have fast, free WiFi connectivity.
The new hotel will feature a dramatic two-storey screening room and destination bar fronting Queen Street in addition to Yotel’s Club Lounge concept, which offers flexible meeting and co-working spaces along with areas to relax and socialise. Guests will also have 24/7 access to a fully equipped gym and enjoy the luxury of quality amenities by the Urban Skincare Co., specially selected by Yotel to help guests counteract the impact of urban living on skin and hair.
Cody Bradshaw, Managing Director, Head of European Hotels at Starwood Capital Group said, “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.”