Make The Glasshouse Hotel Edinburgh your base when exploring the Scottish capital
Historic Edinburgh attracts visitors from around the world all year round. The Glasshouse Hotel Edinburgh, located at the centre of this storied city, is the ideal base from which to explore its many attractions.
With a population reaching over half a million, Edinburgh, a friendly city with a hilly landscape, is both quaint and easy to get around by foot or public transport. Divided into two distinct quarters, the ancient Old Town and the more recent Georgian Old Town, the capital of Scotland is a pleasure to explore all year round. At the heart of the city, landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace are veritable treasure mines of history, while Arthur’s Seat, a hilly volcanic outcrop with active shale deposits, make for an adventure-filled day out.
Another of Edinburgh’s popular attractions — Calton Hill, the perfect vantage point from which to view the city and its surrounding area, is a mere two-minute walk from The Glasshouse Hotel Edinburgh, an Autograph Collection Hotel. The 77-room five-star property is both historic and modern. Its entrance is composed of the former 160-year-old Lady Glenorchy church’s facade. Designed by neo-gothic architect John Henderson, the church was part of a series of chapels built by Lady Glenorchy (1741 — 1786) all over Scotland and Wales. This particular structure with its Tudor windows now melds seamlessly with the rest of the sleekly created interiors. This gives The Glasshouse Hotel its one-of-a-kind aesthetic.
All rooms and suites are air-conditioned, and equipped with Nespresso machines, complimentary super-fast fibre optic Wi-fi; a range of Aromatherapy Associates bathroom products; dining tables for two; writing desks, en suite bathrooms; in-room mini bars, as well as personal safes. Room highlights include
CALTON HILL, THE PERFECT VANTAGE POINT FROM WHICH TO VIEW THE CITY AND ITS SURROUNDING AREA, IS A MERE TWO-MINUTE WALK FROM THE GLASSHOUSE EDINBURGH.
the hotel’s signature Garden View category with accommodations that have access to a 0.8-hectare rooftop garden as well as private seating areas to enjoy morning coffees or evening cocktails. The hotel’s 16 Studio Suites are a spacious 50sqm each, and feature either balcony city or garden views; swivel televisions, heated bathroom floors; and lounge areas.
The Glasshouse Hotel’s two restaurants — The Brassiere and The Snug —are all about making the most of local produce. The former capitalises on its culinary team’s farming and foraging experience deliciously resulting in dishes that give respectful nods to Scottish cooking techniques, all of which are presented in delightfully innovative fashion.
Try dishes such as Crowdie, an inventive dish featuring whipped crowdie and leek rolls, sprinkled with pomegranate and radicchio; and the rustic ox tail barley and dark ale pie, served with beef, thyme potato mash, shallots and turnip baked in salt. For those with larger appetites, the hearty Scottish steak mince and venison burgers in a brioche bun, accompanied with Lochnagar cheese, woodland mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and watercress might do the trick.
The Snug, on the other hand, is a cosy space to meet for meetings over coffee or snacks, and transforms in the evenings into a bar replete with communal open fire — perfect for the colder months. One of the hotel’s central highlights is its well-manicured rooftop garden, a flexible space that makes for a romantic wedding setting and impactful product launches. In the summer months, a Perrier-jouet champagne bar opens in the garden — the perfect accompaniment to the picnics held when the sun is out.
The hotel’s central location makes it convenient to reach both the airport and the train station. To get to the airport, hop on a tram on a 40-minute trip that begins at York Place, next to the hotel. Waverly Station, the city’s main train interchange is also steps away.
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TRY DISHES SUCH AS CROWDIE, AN INVENTIVE DISH FEATURING WHIPPED CROWDIE AND LEEK ROLLS, SPRINKLED WITH POMEGRANATE AND RADICCHIO.
Enjoy a delicious picnic at the roof garden of The Glasshouse Hotel Edinburgh; the hotel’s facade is part of the former Lady Glenorchy Church.
Clockwise from centre: Calton Hill, a scenic vantage point, is a two-minute walk from The Glasshouse Hotel Edinburgh; The Henderson Gallery at the hotel incorporates a 160-year-old church facade into its space; The Brasserie; the 16 luxury Studio Suites are accented with silver-coloured textured walls, purples and plums.