Marriott Opens Second Moxy Hotel in Edinburgh

Main Photo: The new Moxy Hotel, Edinburgh

Date: February 2021

Location: Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Name: The Moxy Edinburgh Fountainbridge

No. Keys: 262

Seller: The site is the former Fountainbridge Brewery

Buyer: Marriott has opened it’s second property in the Scottish capital under its Moxy Hotels brand, located in the city’s new urban quarter.

Moxy Edinburgh Fountainbridge has 262 rooms, with contemporary interiors paying homage to the site’s former Fountainbridge Brewery. The lobby features oversized beer tanks, while beer lines are located throughout the remaining public spaces.

The hotel’s rooftop bar and terrace, which boasts views of Edinburgh Castle, will serve Scottish and international craft beers, tapas and cocktails once restrictions lift.

The property incorporates the brand’s “playful touches” into its design. Guests will be greeted with a complimentary cocktail at the ground-floor bar upon arrival, and the hotel offers in-room “hook-ups” where rooms will be transformed into themed experiences for celebrations such as birthdays and anniversaries.

Check-in with a difference

Further facilities include a built-in cinema which will screen films for locals and guests, two high-tech meeting rooms, a communal ‘chillout zone’ with a fireplace, and a 24-hour fitness centre.

The hotel is currently open to key workers and business travellers due to the nationwide lockdown, but will welcome all guests when restrictions are lifted. It joins the capital’s Moxy Edinburgh Airport which opened in 2019.

General Manager Simon Garrow commented on the opening: “It’s really exciting to bring something new to one of the trendiest up and coming areas of the city. There is nothing quite like it in the vicinity and we’re looking forward to guests and locals experiencing the origins of the site, with the quirky brewery theme running throughout the hotel.”

Donovan Sumner, Regional Director of Operations UK and Italy for Hotel Co. 51, the operating company for Moxy Edinburgh Fountainbridge, added: “We’re proud to be opening our newest boutique hotel in the heart of Scotland’s capital just two years since opening Moxy Edinburgh Airport. Moxy Edinburgh Fountainbridge will stand out from the crowd as a place where guests can enjoy the latest high-tech features blended with fun and lively social spaces.

“The original brewery shut back in 2004 and building this hotel on such an iconic site is a real talking point. We look forward to working with Simon Garrow and seeing the hotel thrive using the experience and knowledge he brings.”

Hotel Co 51 was established by Vastint in July 2020, as a new division…Hotel Co 51 is Vastint’s tenth division, following Vastint Netherlands, Vastint Belgium, Vastint Poland, Vastint Lithuania, Vastint Latvia, Vastint Romania, Vastint UK, Vastint Hospitality and Vastint France. Vastint is HQ’d in Amsterdam.

Hotel Co 51 is the lessee and operator of more than 20 hotels across Europe.

Marriott launched the Moxy brand in 2013, with the first hotel opening in Milan the following year. The brand currently has around 70 properties across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, with recent openings including a UK property in Chester, and the first Moxy hotel in Taiwan. The brand is also set to debut in the Middle East in 2025, with a 320-room property in Dubai.

THPT Comment: This Moxy, like the others, has playful features, making the most of it’s heritage as a former brewery. Vastint strengthening it’s ties with Marriott, both under the Moxy brand as well as other Marriott brands.

First Seen: Business Traveller

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