New Edinburgh luxury hotel approved for construction

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UK: Edinburgh’s city centre has seen approval for a conversion of a former members club into a five-star hotel.

Formerly the Royal Over-Seas League building, the new property will now be known as 100 Princes Street. 

The property will be the first Scottish project by luxury operator Red Carnation Hotels, who have been planning an expansion into the country for years. Its design will be modelled after the company’s London property, Hotel 41, which overlooks the Royal mews at Buckingham Palace.  

The building itself dates back to 1879, when it opened as the Windsor hotel as a part of a major Victorian building programme along Princes Street. It became the Royal Over-Seas League Club in 1930, becoming the first mixed club in Scotland and a popular spot for commonwealth visitors.

Jonathan Ragget, Red Carnation Hotels managing director said: “It has been a dream of ours to open a hotel in Edinburgh for some time, and with the best address in the city, it was well worth the wait. We intend to pay full respect to this remarkable location and city, its history, tradition and people and are excited to be blending our internationally renowned breed of personal service and generous hospitality with the warm humour, expertise and knowledge of the best talent in Edinburgh.”

The property will have at least 30 rooms and views overlooking Edinburgh castle.  

Many properties in Scotland are undergoing changes at the moment, with some letting go significant amounts of staff, and others taking time to introduce new programmes. In Edinburgh, the nearby Debenham’s on Princes Street was set to finish renovation but construction has been postponed due to the global pandemic.

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