Virgin Hotels is set to open its first UK property on June 1, located in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.
The 222-room hotel is located in the city’s landmark India Buildings on Victoria Street and has been designed by Virgin Hotels in collaboration with Scottish design and architecture studios ICA Studio, Four-by-Two and Joelle Reid Interiors.
It will feature Chambers and Grand Chamber Suites in 15 categories across ten floors, each with original Victorian era details, locally sourced furnishings and a soft neutral colour palette. Facilities will include the brand’s signature Commons Club restaurant and bar on the ground floor (which is set to open in May), a Funny Library coffee shop, and all-day dining space Eve, named after Richard Branson’s late mother.
There will also be a rooftop space with unobstructed views of the nearby Edinburgh Castle, and a 19th century church which has been restored and repurposed as events space Greyfriars Hall.
The ‘Chambers’ will include the hotel’s signature layout with two spaces separated by a sliding door or drapery. The Dressing Room will have a full vanity, wardrobe, makeup desk with a well-lit mirror, and an “extra-large” shower with a built-in bench and toiletries by Arran of Scotland.
‘The Lounge’, meanwhile, will offer the hotel’s patented ergonomically designed bed with a tufted headboard, a red SMEG mini-fridge stocked with local products, a TV and several outlets for electronic devices.
Rooms will also feature rugs by Laila London, a company which specialises in ethically produced Moroccan rugs to support women’s weaving cooperatives in the Atlas Mountains.
The property’s artworks have been curated by Visto Artwork, and many pay homage to the location, including ‘Mary in Space’ by studio Giftig which depicts Mary, Queen of Scots wearing modern clothing.
James Bermingham, CEO of Virgin Hotels commented:
“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. 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.”
Reservations have opened today, and can be made directly on the hotel’s website.
This summer will also see the opening of a Virgin Hotels property in Glasgow. The Scottish openings will join the group’s existing hotels in New Orleans, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas and Nashville. The group is also set to open further properties in New York and Miami.