Edinburgh boasts a picturesque combination of historic and modern buildings across the UNESCO World Heritage site of the New Town and Old Town. It attracts more than four million visitors every year keen to explore its history, rich cultural offering and stunning views. Investment into the development of the city is blossoming, with new hotels and venues popping up around Edinburgh. Take a look at some of the newest and most hotly anticipated projects in the pipeline below.
Having launched in January 2019, the floating hotel, aptly known as Scotland’s first ‘Boatique’ hotel, is a £5million development and a unique addition to Scotland’s hotel sector. The 1963 Northern Lighthouse Board has been transformed to include an awe-inspiring ballroom and 23 beautifully styled cabins; both of which are guaranteed to impress guests. The spectacular double height room ballroom seats 80 guests and features a large moveable skylight big enough to lower a car through!
Why not give your delegates the ultimate luxury experience? Follow in the footsteps of royalty and host an exclusive dinner for up to 196 guests or a drinks reception for up to 500 guests on The Royal Yacht Britannia, with VIP guests staying overnight in one of Fingal’s 23 luxury cabins just a short walk away.
Located in a grand row of collonaded Georgian buildings in the New Town, the prestigious organisation also doubles up as an exhibition centre, housing some of the College’s rare historic collections.
Officially re-opened by HRH The Princess Royal at the beginning of February, after a £3.5m refurbishment, the venue has a vibrant feel to it after being turned into a fully accessible modern venue with stylish reception and exhibition rooms.
The centrepiece 300-seat auditorium is an impressive facility boasting a suite of technology, state-of-the-art audio-visual, excellent acoustics and after careful design, even the back row feels close to the action.
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Opening in 2021 in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, this state-of-the-art, modern looking hotel is set to reinvigorate the city’s traditional hospitality scene. Designed by award-winning architecture and interior design practice Jestico & Whiles, in conjunction with Allan Murray Architects, the 12-story building will become a centerpiece to the Edinburgh St James scheme, featuring a unique façade crafted from a winding steel ‘ribbon’.
The hotel will boast 214 stylish bedrooms, including 20 suites and one Extreme Wow Suite, including a buzzing rooftop bar and outdoor terrace, complimented with 360-degree panoramic views of Edinburgh’s historic skyline.
An ideal venue for events, W Edinburgh will provide 2,450 square feet of ultra-modern event space to cater for all your business event needs. Other areas will include a signature restaurant, an ultimate workout facility, and spa offering signature health and lifestyle experiences.
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Set to be the world renowned, retail-led, mixed-use destination of the future, housing world-class retail, leisure, hotel and residential offers, the scheme is estimated to inject over £1 billion of investment into the city to become an inspiring, attractive and vibrant destination for people to live, work and experience.
The ultramodern shopping centre recently signed four brands from the global retail group, Inditex, to form part of the world-class 1.7m sq ft development. Zara will take on a flagship 37,000 sq ft store over three floors at Edinburgh St James, while Bershka, Stradivarius and Pull&Bear will all have stores located within the main multilevel shopping galleria.
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The UK's first Virgin Hotel is set to open in 2020 and will take over the 19th-century India Buildings, on Victoria Street in the Old Town. The hotel will be home to multiple bars and restaurants, including one of the brand's flagship Commons Clubs.
With 225-rooms, which are being described as "Chambers", will include a sleeping area and dressing room separated by sliding doors, all fitted with tech-savvy features, including an app that enables guests to live chat with the concierge and other guests.