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We continue our focus on hospitality design, as London will be hosting the Sleep Event this week. This time round, we’ll present some of most luxurious and fabulous hospitality projects in Edinburgh. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe and one of the main tourist destinations of the United Kingdom, it is a must-visit for its rich history, architectonic style and an amazing city centre. So if you’re visiting Edinburgh, take a close look to this list. Enjoy!
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian
A modern take on the grand hotel: doormen in top hats and women in furs alongside first-class connectivity and impeccable, modern rooms. Facilities include a swimming pool and Guerlain spa, complete with all the comforts of a 5 star hotel and a magnificent view on the “Castle View” rooms.
This neo-Renaissance building with its massive clock tower has been an Edinburgh landmark for more than a century. It was built as a railway hotel, and has accommodated film stars, royalty and prime minsters. With elegant bedrooms and over-the-top marble bathrooms, a spa, gym and swimming pool and recently refurbished Palm Court for champagne afternoon teas, this is a 21st-century version of a grand hotel.
If a hotel can be the soul of discretion, this quietly confident hotel tucked away in a peaceful corner of the New Town is exactly it. This place is for those who want luxury that whispers, rather than shouts, with rooms that feature plenty of toned-down tweed, some attractive and unusual furnishings and an occasional, eye-popping splash of colour.
Prestonfield House is the swankiest, most swoon-some country house hotel imaginable, hidden in lush grounds a short drive from the city centre. This Baroque-Georgian mansion is shamelessly seductive. With swags and columns, brocades and velvets, rich colours and intimate corners, it is wildly opulent and its rooms are irrepressibly romantic.
Principal Edinburgh George Street
Edinburgh’s oldest hotel, mixing classy and contemporary on a grand scale throughout. Expect a softly tailored look in Farrow & Ball-esque shades of oak, smoke, moss and mist with stylish leather accents. The rooms in the original townhouses offer classic Georgian architecture, the bathrooms in the suites have rolltop baths and the Printing Press Bar and Restaurant has dark velvet banquettes. A top choice for class in the Scottish capital!
Don’t let the high-Gothic entrance fool you, The Glasshouse features lots of groovy furnishings and a stunning rooftop garden. Bedrooms are big and airy with show-stopping floor-to-ceiling windows. Blissfully comfortable beds are huge while the suites are bigger in every way and come with mini-decanters of malt whisky. Comfort and relaxation are absolutely guarenteed, complete with a fantastic view from the huge windows that name the hotel.
The Scotsman Hotel
Last but not least, my absolute favourite. This used to be the Scotsman newspaper offices and has been carefully converted to retain its Edwardian grandeur – oak panelling, marble staircase, baronial turrets – while given a sheen of low-key, modern luxury. You can swim in the stainless steel pool, have a spa treatment, or just gaze out over the city from your bedroom with turret or rooftop views. If The Scostman doesn’t make you want to visit Edinburgh, nothing will!
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