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Old September 14th, 2013, 02:04 AM   #1
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Location: SoCo, Cowgate / South Bridge
Operator: Ibis
Architect: ICA Architects
Number of Rooms: 259
Status: U/C





Current construction




11/02998/FUL*|*Mixed use development including alterations to 1-3 Chambers Street comprising hotel, bar, restaurant , cafe, retail, commercial and nightclub uses and reconstruction of existing single storey annex to 207 Cowgate.*|*Land At Cowgate Edinburgh

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Location: Lochside View, Edinburgh Park
Operator: Ibis
Architect: ICA Architects
Number of Rooms: 161
Status: U/C



Proposed and existing




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12/00241/FUL*|*Erection of a hotel, associated car parking, access and landscaping.*|*Land Adjacent To 7 Lochside View Edinburgh

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Location: Fountainbridge
Operator: Hyatt Place
Architect: Archial
Number of Rooms: 181
Status: Approved







13/01405/FUL*|*Erection of building for 181 bedroom 4 star Hotel with associated facilities, food and drink (class 3) unit, car parking hard and soft landscaping and other associated works.*|*Land Adjacent To 194 Fountainbridge Edinburgh

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Location: Fountainbridge
Operator: Unknown
Architect: Michael Laird Architects
Number of Rooms: 150-170
Status: Proposed



13/02182/PAN*|*Aparthotel with associated commercial and retail uses. New build development on brownfield site.*|*Site At Former 159 Fountainbridge Edinburgh

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Location: Gardner's Crescent, Fountainbridge
Operator: Croydon Hotels, Ltd
Architect: Comprehensive Design Architects
Number of Rooms: 102
Status: Approved





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13/00503/FUL*|*Proposed demolition of vacant office building and erection of hotel development.*|*38 Gardner's Crescent Edinburgh EH3 8DQ

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Location: Princes Street
Operator: Motel One
Architect: Comprehensive Design Architects
Number of Rooms: 140
Status: U/C



Existing and proposed


10/02160/FUL*|*Change of use of 2nd and 3rd floors from class 4 (office)/class 1 (retail) to class 7 (hotel) and alterations to building comprising formation of hotel entrance on east elevation, reconfigured fenestration on north elevation, construction of two additional floors to provide hotel accommodation, replacement shop fronts to south and east elevations, escape doors and ventilation grills to north elevation, and installation of replacement windows on south and east elevations (as amended)*|10, 11, 12, 13 - 14 Princes Street 16 West Register Street Edinburgh EH2 2AN

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Location: Crewe Toll
Operator: De Vere Group
Architect: 3DReid
Number of Rooms: 120
Status: Approved







12/04235/FUL*|*Demolition of existing office building and construction of five storey hotel (Class 7) with associated facilities, car parking, hard and soft landscaping.*|*140 Crewe Road South Edinburgh EH4 2NY

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Location: Haymarket
Operator: Staycity Serviced Apartments
Architect: Sutherland Hussey Architects
Number of Rooms: 239
Status: Approved

Haymarket 2 is the hotel within the wider masterplan






10/02373/FUL*|*Demolition of existing buildings and structures, re-grading of existing car park and comprehensive redevelopment comprising hotel, offices, retail, commercial, leisure, public houses, restaurants, car parking and associated landscaping/public realm and utilities infrastructure*|*189 Morrison Street Edinburgh EH3 8DN

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Location: Baxter's Place
Operator: Chris Stewart Group
Architect: 3DReid
Number of Rooms: 239
Status: Approved







13/03075/LBC*|*Demolition of existing modern extensions to the front and rear of 1-5 Baxter's Place, alterations to building and construction of pedestrian link to new hotel block to rear (revision to approval 12/04076/LBC).*|*1 - 5 Baxter's Place Edinburgh EH1 3BD

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Location: Ingliston Road, Edinburgh Airport
Operator: Holiday Inn Express
Architect: ICA Architects
Number of Rooms: 75
Status: U/C (?)





10/03458/FUL*|*75 bedroom hotel with associated public house facilities, new car parking to accommodate both existing hotel and new hotel, access and landscaping*|*Land 55 Metres Northeast Of 101 Ingliston Road Edinburgh

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Location: Eastfield Road, Edinburgh Airport
Operator: Unknown
Architect: Archial / Keppie Design
Number of Rooms: 168
Status: Planning





10/01910/FUL*|*Erection of hotel complex with ancillary conference and bar facilities, restaurants, and meeting rooms (as amended).*|*Land 105 Metres Southwest Of 8 Eastfield Road Edinburgh

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Location: Edinburgh Airport
Operator: Unknown
Architect: 3DReid
Number of Rooms: 350
Status: Approved







10/01392/FUL*|*Proposed 350 bed hotel, on site car parking and landscaping, together with associated infrastructure works*|Site At Almond Avenue Edinburgh

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Location: Caltongate
Operator: Unknown
Architect: Allan Murray Architects
Number of Rooms: 146
Status: Planning



13/03407/FUL*|*Redevelopment/demolition/erection of buildings for mixed use development comprising class 7 hotels, class 1, 2, 3 commercial, class 4 business, community uses (class 8 & 10), leisure (class 11), other associated uses, landscaping/public realm and other associated works.*|*Land Adjacent To New Street 2, 4, 5 New Street 221, 223, 227, 231 Canongate, Land At East Market Street, 5A-24A Cranston Street, 1-15 East Market Street, Edinburgh

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Location: East Market Street
Operator: Unknown
Architect: Allan Murray Architects
Number of Rooms: 130
Status: Planning



13/03407/FUL*|*Redevelopment/demolition/erection of buildings for mixed use development comprising class 7 hotels, class 1, 2, 3 commercial, class 4 business, community uses (class 8 & 10), leisure (class 11), other associated uses, landscaping/public realm and other associated works.*|*Land Adjacent To New Street 2, 4, 5 New Street 221, 223, 227, 231 Canongate, Land At East Market Street, 5A-24A Cranston Street, 1-15 East Market Street, Edinburgh

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Location: East Market Street
Operator: Unknown
Architect: Allan Murray Architects
Number of Rooms: 127
Status: Planning



13/03407/FUL*|*Redevelopment/demolition/erection of buildings for mixed use development comprising class 7 hotels, class 1, 2, 3 commercial, class 4 business, community uses (class 8 & 10), leisure (class 11), other associated uses, landscaping/public realm and other associated works.*|*Land Adjacent To New Street 2, 4, 5 New Street 221, 223, 227, 231 Canongate, Land At East Market Street, 5A-24A Cranston Street, 1-15 East Market Street, Edinburgh
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Old September 17th, 2013, 08:15 PM   #2
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Two hotels are proposed within the St James Quarter development.




Location: St James Square
Operator: Unknown
Architect: Initial design by Allan Murray Architects
Number of Rooms: 150
Status: Proposed


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Location: Picardy Place
Operator: Thistle Hotel Group
Architect: Initial design by Allan Murray Architects
Number of Rooms: Unknown but will directly replace the current King James Hotel (143 rooms)
Status: Proposed



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Old September 18th, 2013, 05:44 PM   #3
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Edinburgh to get stripped-back pod hotel

Edinburgh Evening News - 18th September, 2013



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A pod hotel similar to those developed for Japanese businessmen is opening in Edinburgh to cater for stag and hen parties.

The Capital will become the first city in Scotland to have one of Premier Inn’s pared-back pod hi-tech Hub boutique
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Pitched at “party and sleep” fun lovers as well as the Murrayfield rugby market, and timed to coincide with the opening of the tram, the new urban retreat will bring a slice of downtown Tokyo to the city.

Non-essentials such as drawers, a trouser press and wardrobes have been stripped from the concept chain’s rooms.

In their place, tellies that stream content from peoples’ iPads, mood lighting and integrated rain shower rooms – that can be seen from
the bed – will be installed.
A spokesman for the chain – promoted on ads by comic Lenny Henry – said the Edinburgh hotel would enable it “to broaden their customer appeal and strengthen their competitive edge”.

It is understood the tiny rooms are to be offered within the next year.

Bosses have remained tight-lipped about the exact location of the multi-million pound development but are soon to open negotiations on securing a city centre site.

The build is likely to create jobs with other permanent roles required when the development opens.

The boon also underlines Edinburgh’s current honey-pot buzz with developers, and follows a spate of similar announcements from rival hotel operators.

Currently the budget hotel chain is based at three locations in the Capital – Lauriston Place, Haymarket and Willowbrae Road.

Though the pods are compact, hotel bosses believe that thanks to their innovative design every centimetre is optimised, with a desk that folds into a pocket-sprung bed, luggage storage under the bed, an ensuite bathroom with power shower, free wifi and a 40-inch smart screen television. As well as booking and checking in online, a mobile phone app will allow guests to select their room temperature and light settings.

Patrick Dempsey, managing director of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said: “Premier Inn has played a leading role in shaping the budget hotel market and we believe Hub will do the same for a new generation of compact city centre hotels.”

Budget hotel chains are increasingly moving towards the design-led pod concept, with firms like Yotel, easyHotel and Tune all vying for a slice of the market action.

The concept was devised in Tokyo, where sky-high land prices prompted space-saving ingenuity.
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It's been a while since there was any news about the seemingly stalled proposal to convert the former Royal High School on Calton Hill into a £35m boutique hotel designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects.

I decided to do a little digging and stumbled across an online prospectus for the current development, dated earlier this year.

Still designed by GHA, but now budgeted at £55m, the developers state their goal is "to create the most exclusive hotel in Scotland". The rooms and suites (including a 150 sqm "Presidential Suite") are largely contained in two contemporary (glass?) wings built alongside the existing 1829 former school building, which houses public areas and guest facilities (retail galleries, bars and dining).

As far as I'm aware none of the above details or any of the following images have been made public.

Last year it was stated in the press that the project had stalled, but the prospectus seems to postdate that so I have no idea as it to its current status.

Location: Calton Hill
Operator: Unknown
Architect: Gareth Hoskins Architects
Number of Rooms: 146
Status: Proposed









Current building
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Good grief, is that the kind of image one should let the heritage bodies see?
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Good grief, is that the kind of image one should let the heritage bodies see?
I imagine the Cockburn Association will have conniptions when/if they see this.
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New hotel ‘proof of boost from trams’

Edinburgh Evening News - 2nd October, 2013



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Developers are to build a 130-bed boutique hotel opposite the York Place tram stop – as business chiefs increasingly battle to cash in on the eight-mile transport link.

Charlotte Square-based Consensus Capital Property are drawing up plans for the major hotel development, which would replace the former HM Revenue and Customs building.

The existing office block on the site – which is situated immediately next to St Saint Paul’s and St George’s Episcopal Church – would be either converted or demolished.

The developers estimate the hotel will take 14 months to build once they get planning permission, meaning a 2015 opening date is likely.

A pre-application notice has already been submitted to Edinburgh Council.

Consensus Capital chief executive Andrew Montague said the city centre location – less than 100 metres from the York Place tram stop – had been a major attraction. He said: “We’ve got two operators who we’re in discussions with at the moment. One is a four-star operator and the other is an apartment hotel operator. It’s a matter of picking between the two and we’ll hopefully know in the next four or five weeks who we’ll be running with.

“We specialise in *converting existing buildings into new uses.

“If this hotel goes ahead, it’ll be fantastic for Edinburgh because of increased tourism. It’ll create jobs – not just *long-term jobs – but also much-needed construction jobs in the city.”

Ruth McKay, Edinburgh chairwoman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said the application was an indication that businesses and developers were thinking about leveraging off the £776 million tram line.

She said: “These are all very, very good signs actually. When you’re bringing in hotels like this, that just creates more *footfall, bringing more people into that part of the town.”

Conservative transport spokeswoman Councillor Joanna Mowat said the plans were a vindication that trams were “driving development”.

She said: “This is an indication of the ‘tram effect’. That was what was planned – we would see development along the length of the tram route.”

The plan is the latest in a string of recent hotel applications surrounding York Place and the top of Leith Walk.

Developers have revived plans to build a hotel on the Picardy Place roundabout as part of overall ambitions for a £850m St James Centre 
overhaul.

A luxury 239-bed, four-star hotel is also being built next to the Playhouse Theatre on Baxter’s Place.

Consensus Capital is a fledgling developer, having only been running for about 13 months.

The former HM Revenue and Customs building the firm intends to overhaul is being used as an assessment centre for occupational health service provider Atos Healthcare.

We revealed last month how the trams are expected to be operational by May.

13/04000/PAN | Proposed demolition of existing office building and redevelopment of site as hotel. | 44 York Place Edinburgh EH1 3JW

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Edinburgh Gives Hotel Investors the ‘Five Star’ Treatment

Marketing Edinburgh - 4th October, 2013

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A delegation from Edinburgh is launching new development opportunities and meeting with investors and developers from around Europe at the 16th EXPO REAL International Trade Fair for Property and investment, taking place 7-9 October in Munich.

Next year, Munich and Edinburgh will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the twinning of the two cities, each rich in cultural heritage, thriving commerce, and a key player in attracting tourism to their nations.

Edinburgh invites hotel industry investors and developers to help it create a projected 2,900 to 3,400 more bedrooms by 2021 to meet growing demand from visitors to the Scottish capital, of which as much as 40% could be 4-Star category or above.

With the second highest hotel occupancy rates of any city in Europe and some of the highest average daily rates in the UK, Edinburgh makes great business sense to hotel investors and developers in search of opportunities delivering growing customer demand, strong communications and cultural infrastructure and professional investment support.

One of the most attractive cities in the world, Edinburgh is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to a number of large global financial institutions, and internationally recognized as the world’s ‘Festival City,’ with occupancy rates often exceeding 90% during August. It boasts a diverse range of attractions including the iconic Edinburgh Castle, drawing over 2.5 million visitors each year.

In September 2013, the city also won the prestigious National Performance Center for Sport which will drive further demand for hotel accommodation around the city, on its completion in 2016.

Major investment in Edinburgh’s infrastructure enhance the city’s international reputation as major tourism draw, as well as enabling sustainable development of disused sites to meet the modern needs of the city and the people who live and work there. A new tramline – directly connecting Edinburgh International Business Gateway and the airport to the city centre – is now nearing completion.

In May 2013, the €106 million extension of the Edinburgh International Conference Center (EICC) opened, offering state-of-the-art conference facilities plus 18,000 m2 office space.

Investment firms such as the Deka Immobilien GmbH and LaSalle Investment Management GmbH have recognized the business potential of the city and in 2012 invested in office and hotel properties. The Deutsche Bank Real Estate is currently involved in projects, for example, in a new quarter which is taking shape at Fountainbridge in the financial district of the city.

German operator Motel One is set to open a second stylish hotel with outstanding views in the city on Edinburgh’s main shopping thoroughfare, Princes Street, and this is complemented by new retail including an Apple store.

Fountainbridge, and the nearby Kings Stables Road, will see mixed-use development including office, residential, retail and cultural uses in prime city-centre locations.

Greg Ward, Head of Economic Development, “Edinburgh plays a vital role in the Scottish tourism economy and has experienced growth for many years.

An extensive range of accommodation already exists in the city – with more still required – to support its rich, diverse, year-round appeal to business and leisure visitors. We see a lot of potential for Edinburgh in the 4-Star and above category, as this meets current and expected demand from tourists and business travellers.

Edinburgh is also in high demand for conferences and exhibitions, and the city has invested heavily in infrastructure projects in recent years including the newly expanded Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Further developing the 4-Star plus category is a logical step to make sure we meet this demand on all levels."

Robert Seabrooke, Head of Hotel Agency, Savills “There aren’t many cities that can support a five-star operation; Edinburgh is undoubtedly one and there are many investors keen to look at the opportunities.”

Nick Smart Vice President, Development, UK & Ireland, Hilton Worldwide “Edinburgh is of significant importance to Hilton Worldwide as part of our ambitious growth plans across Europe. We recently launched The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel – located on Princes Street – following a £24 million investment. For the first time, the world-renowned Waldorf Astoria luxury service is now on offer to visitors to Scotland’s capital city. We also feature the upscale Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor, located in the city centre, and Hilton Edinburgh Airport – part of a total of 15 hotels in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio across Scotland.”
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I came across a hotel prospectus on the Edinburgh: Inspiring Capital site. It's from 2012, so a little out of date, but interesting nonetheless, especially the proposed sites earmarked for potential hotel development (orange in the map below).





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Edinburgh Evening News - 2nd October, 2013






13/04000/PAN | Proposed demolition of existing office building and redevelopment of site as hotel. | 44 York Place Edinburgh EH1 3JW

I love the line in that article "Consensus Capital chief executive Andrew Montague said the city centre location – less than 100 metres from the York Place tram stop – had been a major attraction."

Do you reckon there was a conversation between the journalist and the editor along the lines of 'you've said it's opposite the tramstop but you've not put a figure on how close it is', 'But it's right by the tramstop'. 'Well, we'll say it's less than 100 metres then'.

About 80 metres less than 100 metres I would say...


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It would be good to see this building demolished.
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It would be good to see this building demolished.
Definitely, though unfortunately the company behind this specialise in conversions. That said, the planning application clearly specifies demolition so let's hope that's the route they go down.
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Looks like the prominent gap site on Market Street, beside the City Art Centre, that was once intended as the home for the Edinburgh Science Centre and, more recently, was under consideration by the French government for a consulate and cultural centre, is being marketed as a hotel development site.



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This landmark development opportunity will create a flagship hotel set in the world famous Edinburgh Skyline.

The gap site at 6-8 Market Street is located just off the Royal Mile, within sight of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street, and is situated in a UNESCO World Heritage site, overlooking Edinburgh Waverley Station, Scotland’s second busiest rail station handling approximately 20 million passengers per annum. Market Street forms the boundary between the Old Town and New Town of Edinburgh. The location is within easy walking distance of Edinburgh’s world famous tourist attractions as well as the Scottish Parliament, the National Museum of Scotland and the Scott Monument. There are extensive public car parking spaces located within Waverley Station (627 spaces) and nearby St James Centre (567 spaces).

The site is currently occupied by a vacant former garage building, however, this will be cleared to enable the hotel development to take place. The proposed property will be formed within seven floor levels from ground level upwards. Following discussions with City of Edinburgh Council Planners, it is anticipated that a hotel with approximately 103 guest rooms, bar and restaurant facilities will be supported subject to all the appropriate consents and compliance with the relevant policies.

Proposals are sought for either forward commitment to buy the completed hotel or leasehold offers for the completed hotel, which can then be presented to investors.

6-8 Market Street, Edinburgh Overview

• Site Area: 860 sq. m / 0.213 acres approx.

• Total Proposed Gross Internal Area: 4,050 sq. m (43,595 sq. ft) approx.

• Proposed Gross Internal Area of typical floor: 580 / 380 sq. m (6,245 / 4,090 sq. ft).

• Guest Rooms: Approximately 103.

• Typical Proposed Guest Room Size: Approximately 18 sq. m to 27 sq. m.

• Proposed Gross Internal Area of Restaurant: 180 sq. m (1,938 sq. ft.) and Bar / Additional Class 3 Unit: 200 sq. m (2,153 sq. ft.), subject to Operator requirements.


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Cheers for the info. So then, what's the scaffolding up for at the moment?
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Cheers for the info. So then, what's the scaffolding up for at the moment?
No idea. Pretty sure there's no construction going on there though.
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Serviced apartments in the Old Town get 5 stars

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Edinburgh’s Old Town Chambers, a collection of serviced apartments that forms part of a £46m redevelopment of three medieval closes off the Royal Mile, has been awarded a prestigious 5-star Self Catering AA rating, within three months of opening.

The 37 apartments which aim to set new standards in holiday and business serviced accommodation have been designed to exacting standards of quality and style. They boast beautiful quality handmade furniture and furnishings, double smoked French oak wooden flooring, Italian tiling and exposed stone walls, alongside the latest home entertainment systems and a 24 hour concierge service.

Emerging from the 15th century Advocate’s, Roxburgh’s and Warriston’s Closes, the new apartmentscapitalise on the historical character of the site as well as some of the most captivating views across the city’s Princes Street Gardens, to give tourist and business visitors a unique city centre experience.

While not officially launched until the New Year, Edinburgh’s Old Town Chambers has been welcoming guests since July as its management team learn about the quirks and special traits of these unique properties. It has a staff of 19 and has seen more than 8,000 guests through its doors over the three months to September, representing average occupancy levels of over 90%. The 5-star Self Catering assessment of the standards of hospitality at the Chambers follows numerous excellent customer reviews.

Julie Grieve, CEO of Edinburgh’s Old Town Chambers, said:-“Our aim is to do things differently and to achieve the 5 star AA rating so soon after opening is a real endorsement of our efforts.

“The very fabric of our building – part historic, part modern – is different, giving a special blend of living on a heritage site, but with every modern comfort. The apartments themselves offer the luxury of a top hotel alongside the independence of having your own ‘home’ in the centre of the city – with, of course, a concierge on hand to find restaurants, taxis, travel guides or just recommend the best place to shop.

“We are very proud of what we are creating at the Chambers and delighted with the 5 star Self Catering AA rating.”

The 37 apartments comprise of studio, one, two and three bedrooms, as well a 15th century townhouse and stunning penthouse. Unique features include original period wall paintings, exposed brick, through to bluetooth Bose sound systems, Smart TVs and a multi-zone heating system in every room. Entry is via a keypad for which every guest has a specific code. Prices range from £130 to £1200 per night.
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Any news on the Hyatt at Fountainbridge? I'm very eager for this one to progress!
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Any news on the Hyatt at Fountainbridge? I'm very eager for this one to progress!
I don't think the council has made a decision yet, at least not according to the planning portal, but like you, I'm excited to see this happen.
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The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa voted Scotland’s Leading Hotel in World Travel Awards

Edinburgh Convention Bureau - 3rd September, 2013

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The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa has been voted Scotland's Leading Hotel in the World Travel Awards. These awards are nominated by travel and tourism professionals worldwide and this accolade recognises the Sheraton Grand's commitment to excellence in the past 12 months.

Tristan Nesbitt, the hotel's General Manager said: "This award is recognition of an outstanding year for the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa following our multi-million pound renovation and our commitment to the high levels of service that we strive to achieve. The hotel is now the UK's flagship Sheraton and a showcase property for the brand's recent $6 billion revitalisation programme. We look forward to building on this success and continuing to welcome global travellers and Edinburgh locals who remain loyal to the Sheraton Grand."

The Sheraton Grand's award was announced at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2013, whose audience included leaders from the tourism industry and international media.
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The 259-room Ibis Hotel, part of the long-awaited SoCo development, is confirmed to open in January.
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