Planners get the green light for £35m boutique in Edinburgh


A proposal for a new boutique hotel in Edinburgh has been given the go ahead, which will see a £35m Urban Villa resort constructed by the Union Canal Basin in the city.

Union Hanover Securities has awarded planning permission to Minded to Grant to build the 180-bedroom hotel on Freer Street at a cost of £35m, with work scheduled to start in October.

Urban Villa is a boutique all-suites hotel concept with rooms consisting of a kitchen and living room alongside a bedroom and bathroom.

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The new property in Edinburgh will feature 179 executive villas, 11 master villas and 4 RockStar villas, as well as a 24-hour reception, lounge and restaurant and a gym.

The boutique hotel will mark the second in the Urban Villa portfolio, joining Urban Villa in West London that was launched in January this year.

The hotel will be designed by award-winning New York-based architect Grzywinski + Pons with Edinburgh-based Michael Laird Architects.

Union Hanover managing director Eric Jafari said: “This hotel is a benchmark asset for us. Edinburgh is second only to London in potential for our Urban Villa brand with its mix of corporate and leisure travel.

“Work is expected to commence by October. We look forward to its positive impact on the area in helping to create a new destination for Edinburgh by serving as a vibrant social and cultural hub for the local corporate and residential community.”