Gleneagles Townhouse: Edinburgh’s hottest hotel opening
Immediately after checking into the brand new Gleneagles Townhouse in Edinburgh, a welcome WhatsApp message rang out on my mobile: “Welcome to Townhouse, let us know if we can help you during your stay”. Helpful, I can book a dinner reservation, change a spa treatment, or request a private tour of the nearby Jupiter Artland sculpture garden. A short walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station, this highly anticipated 33-bedroom 5-star hotel and members club opened in June.
Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, St Andrew’s Square, it is described as the ‘little brother’ to the iconic Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire. A hotel already known and loved by locals, this is the first brand extension in 97 years, and it stands out. This former site of the British Linen Bank and then the Bank of Scotland is a listed building, with vast Corinthian columns by architect David Bryce and classical statues on the roof of its elegant facade. As I am taken to my room on the 2nd floor, it is spacious yet elegant, traditional with a contemporary twist. The bedrooms are an ode to comfort: velvet armchairs and a wall hanging above the bed complement the Toile de Jouy bathroom wallpaper with hunting dogs, a large freestanding bathtub and dark green tiles, the a nod to the city versus countryside spirit. here.