The Scotsman Hotel: Restoring History, Maintaining Quality
There are already a number of hotels that are housed in buildings that served a different purpose in previous years. This characteristic is often paraded by the hotel, as this gives the property some historical sense—especially if the building has been around for a number of years. This type of hotel is common in Europe, where many are accustomed to preserving and restoring old buildings as part of their quest to preserve their history. This is the case of The Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh, a five star boutique hotel that enchants guests with its impeccable design and its sense of history.
The Scotsman Hotel is an establishment currently houses in a building that was previously a newspaper office, The Scotsman. Anyone who has been in a newspaper building would say that this type of structure has a certain distinctive design. This is also evident in The Scotsman Hotel. It has taken great pains to preserve the building’s trademark locations or rooms that still a prevalent style that could pass muster when using today’s tastes. For instance, the basement that was previously the printing press is now the hotel’s renowned gym. Meanwhile, the building’s reception area—decked with exquisitely and glamorously design wood panels—is not the Scotsman Hotel’s popular dining area. It is no wonder why The Scotsman Hotel has received all the distinctions it has achieved in the past years.
The Scotsman Hotel is located near several notable landmarks of Edinburgh. Located on the historic North Bridge, the Scotsman Hotel is just minutes away from shops at George Street and Princes Street, as well as other attractions such as the Edinburgh Caste, the National Gallery, and the Royal Mile. Also, beyond the attractions that are walking distance, the hotel is just a short walk from the Waverly train station. Any traveler would know that this is a great feature as there are a lot of attractions in Edinburgh, as in most European countries. After all, Edinburgh is among the largest cities of the United Kingdom, is Scotland’s capital, and has a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites to its name.
But even if the guests do not get of the hotel for even just a day, they will find out that they are not necessarily handicapped. They can try out The Scotsman Hotel’s popular wellness center, an establishment that even non-guests and locals frequent because of the several distinctions it has received. Aptly named the Escape Health Spa, it has received numerous recognitions from esteemed publications such as The Daily Telegraph (which named the spa among the top 20 spas in Britain), The Independent Newspaper (which named it among the top 50 spas in Ireland and Britain), and the Conde Nast Traveler (which named it among the top 10 Day Spas in the United Kingdom).
The hotel’s North Bridge Restaurant is equally famed. Its specialized menu centers on Scottish cuisines or international dishes that use produces and ingredients from the country. This way, regardless of what the guests eat, the dishes will have a certain Scottish flavor. The rooms of The Scotsman Hotel are high tech but cozy and luxurious—worthy of its five-star distinction. It proves that elegance cannot be simple and practical, as it makes sure the features of the original property is still evident and even highlighted.
The Scotsman Hotel is not as big as the other chain hotels in the area, but it can certainly match their beauty and their service. The hotel has character and style—which many hotels lack—but it does not rest on its laurels just because of these. The Scotsman Hotel truly is one of the best hotels in city, the country, and even the region.
Average Price: £170 or $240
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