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Edinburgh Festival: Scottish debut for 'portable' hotel

Snoozebox interior
Image caption Snoozebox hotels take less than 72 hours to assemble

A "portable" hotel is to be set up in Edinburgh city centre next month to help meet a surge in demand for accommodation during the festival.

The Snoozebox temporary hotel will appear on the Caltongate project development site in the Old Town.

Providing 120 fully-furnished rooms, it will arrive on the back of a lorry and take less than 72 hours to assemble.

The hotel is being hosted by Artisan Real Estate Investors, who purchased the Caltongate site in December.

It will be temporary hotel provider Snoozebox's first appearance in Scotland, having seen its accommodation used at events south of the border, including the recent the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant in Windsor.

The accommodation includes a 24-hour reception, en-suite shower rooms and flat-screen TVs.

Artisan managing director Lukas Nakos said the hotel concept would "provide the city with much-needed room space during its busiest month of the year".

Meanwhile, Artisan said it was working with Edinburgh Council to develop detailed designs for its 640,000 sq ft Caltongate project.

Plans include hotels as well as cafes, shops and open public spaces.

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