An international hotel brand has announced plans to open its first hotel in Scotland, which it says will provide an alternative to “traditional” offerings.
Yotel’s city centre hotel will be at Erskine House in Queen Street, Edinburgh and leisure chiefs said its “cabins” would offer technology-driven experiences
The hotel group, owned by the Starwood Capital Group, already operates four airport hotels in London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris, Charles de Gaulle airports, plus three city hotels in New York, Boston and Singapore.
The Edinburgh hotel promises the elements of luxury hotels in its 280 cabins.
Hubert Viriot, chief executive of Yotel 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.”
Each cabin, the firm said, will provide “technology-driven offerings” and space-saving design.
They will feature a “technowall” with adjustable mood lighting and smart TVs for easy connectivity to electronic devices and the hotel brand’s adjustable “smartbed”.
A two-storey screening room and destination bar fronting Queen Street and club lounge concept are also promised, offering flexible meeting and co-working spaces.
The project is currently in the development stages and marks the first use of the £185 million tie-up between Yotel and an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group in September.
The project will be designed by Edinburgh-based Fletcher Joseph Architects and global interior designer, Aedas with construction by ISG.
Cody Bradshaw, managing director and 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.”