Recently opened in the centre of Edinburgh, the YOTEL concept, which has been established in New York, San Francisco and Singapore, is driven by sleek minimalistic design and clever use of technology for those who appreciate quality but don’t need the fuss of a traditional luxury hotel or the hefty price tag of many boutique hotels.
Each cabin is fitted with a techno wall that includes adjustable mood lighting and SMART TVs for easy connectivity to guests’ own devices. Premium Cabins also feature YOTEL’s signature adjustable SmartBed™ along with rejuvenating rain showers.
Andrzej Mech an Associate at Fletcher Joseph Architects, said:
“YOTEL hotels have a specific design for their cabins and they have different types, from Premium, First Class to VIP. There are a lot of technological elements in the hotel. All of the rooms feature a SmartBed™ which is a reclining bed that can turn from a sofa into a bed at the push of a button. The rooms are compact but feel spacious at the same time, and the bed utilises the space and gives great comfort to users.”
Complete with Scotland’s first 360-degree screening room and the stylish KOMYUNITI bar that looks out onto the Georgian architecture of Queen Street, the new hotel is making its mark with self-service check-in kiosks to save guests time. For a great stay in Edinburgh, guests will also have 24/7 access to a fully equipped gym and enjoy the luxury of quality amenities by Urban Skincare Co., specially selected by YOTEL to help guests counteract the impact of urban living on skin and hair.
“This is our first venture with YOTEL. We received quite an extensive brief from them as they have a very clear vision of their own brand. We had to tailor it to the UK market obviously, but it was very clear and the guidance was useful for us. There were obvious challenges because it used to be an existing office building and we were restricted by other buildings but also inside. For example, floor heights were a challenge, but we managed to meet most of the criteria in the brief, which was basically utilising service space to the maximum. The refurbishment itself was a two year period which started in 2017, but there were works prior to that which started in 2015 and that was to strip out the former office.”
KOMYUNITI is the central hub and the beating heart of YOTEL Edinburgh. It’s the place to network, socialise, relax, work, co-work, eat and drink and feel at home. YOTEL Edinburgh has two interconnecting meeting rooms that can be booked for groups of between 6 and 50 delegates, depending on set up. Separately, Imaginex, the only one of its kind in Scotland, with its full 360-degrees projection of the room, allows for an array of events: a unique opportunity for product launches, corporate entertaining and events and social gatherings.
The hotel also has KOHI, a bright and airy space to grab a caffeine fix. The coffee is seasonally selected exclusively for YOTEL through their partnership with Workshop Coffee.
YOTEL Edinburgh marks the brand’s first city centre opening in Europe and the first of five YOTEL’s slated to open in the next nine months across the continent. YOTEL Amsterdam lands next, opening its doors in autumn 2019.