Virgin Hotels has announced that its first European hotel, Virgin Hotels Edinburgh, will open on 1st June 2022.
Ideally situated in the landmark India Buildings in Edinburgh’s Old Town, the hotel offers 222 Chambers and Grand Chamber Suites, as well as multiple F&B outlets, all with their own unique space and distinct design.
These include Commons Club, Virgin Hotels’ flagship restaurant and bar that acts as a modern day social club and Eve, a vibrant, all-day dining space, offering a progressive approach to late night entertainment in Edinburgh. The hotel site is also home to a 19th century church, now known as Greyfriars Hall, that has been beautifully restored and repurposed as a special event venue. In addition, the hotel offers a rooftop sanctuary with unobstructed Edinburgh Castle views.
Bright and airy with warm textiles and locally sourced furnishings, the Chambers are a welcoming space to relax after a day exploring the city, featuring Virgin Hotels’ signature layout with two distinct spaces. The Dressing Room includes a full vanity, closet space big enough for two, makeup desk with a well-lit mirror, an extra-large shower with a built-in bench and toiletries by Arran of Scotland. A sliding door or drapery separates it from The Lounge, which features Virgin Hotels’ patented ergonomically designed bed with a tufted headboard, a red SMEG mini-fridge generously stocked with a curated selection of local products, television and ample outlets for smartphones, laptops, or other devices.
With views of Edinburgh Castle and across to the Royal Mile, the hotel’s Chambers have been infused with local city influences and modern touches. Original Victorian era details and a soft neutral palette come together to create a comfortable residential feel.
Thoughtfully curated artwork evokes Virgin’s playful spirit as seen through the lenses of Edinburgh and greater Scotland. The Chambers and Suites’ rugs have been made in partnership with LÄlla London who specialise in ethically produced Moroccan rugs, supporting women’s weaving cooperatives throughout the Atlas Mountains. The project supports over 180 female weavers in hard-to-reach villages, providing a necessary lifeline for the women and their families.
Spanning 10 floors, guests have plenty of choice when selecting a Chamber or Suite, with 15 unique categories including the signature suite, Richard’s Flat with beautifully restored architectural details and furnished with contemporary pieces in order to strike the perfect balance for Sir Richard’s home away from home and the Eve Branson suite, found under the bell tower of the restored mediaeval church where the dramatic architecture is tempered with a muted pallet in rich textures.
A collaboration between Virgin Hotels and Scottish design and architecture studios ICA Studio, Four-by-Two, and Joelle Reid Interiors, the hotel’s design preserves the original building’s notable elements while adding a sense of style and sophistication.
“Edinburgh is such an iconic city and we’re thrilled it will be the home of the first Virgin Hotels in the UK and across Europe,” says James Bermingham, Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Hotels. “Through dynamic contextual design and neighbourhood-centric influences the new hotel will be a cultural city hub, with a design that sustains the building’s heritage while adding a vibrant, new style to the area.”