Make The Glasshouse Ho­tel Ed­in­burgh your base when ex­plor­ing the Scot­tish cap­i­tal

YTL Life - - Contents - Words MARK LEAN

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.the­glasshouse­ho­tel.co.uk

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.

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