Virgin Hotels Edinburgh
What it is
A new hotel tucked within the circa 1864 India Buildings, with art-stocked rooms and a stone-walled bar and restaurant that’s beloved by the locals.
What it isn't
Low-tech. Virgin Hotels’ app will help you do everything from check into your room to lower the lights and switch on the TV.
What we think
There is not a whiff of stuffiness in this new Edinburg hotel, which combines the best of old (eye candy architecture from the 19th century) with new (sculptural modern furniture and art at every turn). Guest rooms feel nearly as sprawling as Edinburgh Castle, thanks to sliding doors that close-off your sleeping space from your dressing room, the latter equipped with yoga mats, a vanity, and plenty of soft LED lighting to help you prep for your daily adventures in style. Book a Chamber King Terrace to have your own private al fresco seating area and a spa-like bathroom with a rainfall shower, or Edward’s Suite, which feels a little like an age-old castle garret room thanks to its lofted sleeping space with wood-paneled walls. While you’re here, be sure to indulge in afternoon tea at Commons Club for only-in-Scotland treats like vegetarian haggis fritters and Belhaven smoked salmon and sweetcorn muffins with dill creme fraiche.
You're here because
You’re a fan of Virgin Hotels’ sustainable ethos, which includes green roofs, carbon offset programs and even soap donation.
The bounty of Scottish land and sea is on prime display at Commons Club, where chef Steven Wilson transforms the fruits of the earth into haute art—including roasted Scottish lobster thermidor and aged Scottish beef with charred leek and kohlrabi puree. Utopia, achieved.
Restaurants & Bars
Commons Club Restaurant - Offers a contemporary menu that delivers impeccable Scottish produce with an imaginative flair.
The Bar at Commons Club - Thoughtfully crafted drinks, wine and beer are enjoyed alongside tempting bar bites.
Eve - A vibrant all-day dining space, offering a progressive approach to late-night entertainment in Edinburgh.
A prime corner of Edinburgh's Old Town, just three blocks from the Scottish National Gallery—where Rembrandts, Vermeers, and Titians await.