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A TECH-INSPIRED hotel group is celebrating opening its first city centre property in Europe by offering free rooms to some Edinburgh Festival Fringe performers.

YOTEL officially opens its Edinburgh hotel next week and to celebrate it is launching One Night Stand-Up. The property will offer 10 rooms, or cabins as they are known, per night throughout the month of August.

The initiative invites accredited Fringe performers to take part in a series of open-mic sessions, from

12 noon to 1pm each day from August 2–26, for a chance to win a free night’s accommodation. Those who receive the best reception from hotel guests will be rewarded with a complimentary stay that night in the hotel, becoming some of the first guests to experience YOTEL Edinburgh.

Auditionees will perform in front of existing YOTEL crew and guests and must bring along proof of their listing in the Fringe programme.

Stuart Douglas, general manager of YOTEL Edinburgh, said: “There’s nowhere quite like Edinburgh during August, so to be opening a new hotel this time of year is incredibly exciting. It’s no secret that rising accommodation costs for both performers and guests is an ongoing issue, and so to thank the city for welcoming us with open arms, we wanted to give something back.”

“Affordable hotel rooms in the city centre are like gold dust and we have a unique opportunity to use our hotel to support the performers who bring so much to our city at this time of year.

He continued: “Even if they have already secured and booked accommodation elsewhere, they can still escape and enjoy a one-night-stand with us in the heart of the city. We’re really excited to see who might come through our doors this month.”

The 276 cabins in YOTEL Edinburgh, situated on Queen Street, use space-saving design inspired by airline travel. Features include the SmartBed™ and smart TVs, multi-power and USB points and easy connectivity.

Communally, the hotel’s multifunctional public areas spaces for co-working and socialising, including a 360-degree cinema room.

The opening of the capital property follows the success of the chain in New York, Boston, San Francisco and Singapore.

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