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There are few hotels out there that offer a true experience of town... and country. One such hotel, newly opened in Edinburgh, known as Gleneagles Townhouse, represents the very best of boutique accommodations that the bustling Scottish city has to offer, all with its sibling property in the Scottish Highlands, Gleneagles, just a quick jaunt away. Pop in to the property and enjoy the marvel that is Edinburgh, and then pop out to the country where rest, relaxation, and adventuring awaits. Better still: with a spa and wellness accommodations that set the Townhouse apart from its peers, as well as a private members club, visitors at the Townhouse will find they can have the best of work, self-care, and of course, play, all within the converted bank building.
Here, we chat with Conor O'Leary, Managing Director at Gleneagles and Gleneagles Townhouse, about why the property is a must-visit in Edinburgh.
What do you consider to be the best room at the Gleneagles Townhouse and why?
The Master Bedroom at Gleneagles Townhouse is our top room category; featuring elegant windows overlooking St Andrew Square with ample space for those who want to spread out and indulge in the hotel’s sublime city center location. The design combines Georgian elegance with contemporary comfort, guests can expect high ceilings, canopied king-sized beds, rolltop baths, antique rugs atop hardwood floors, and painted-panel walls.
How much does it cost per night?
£585 (currently approx. $712)
How would you describe the guests that stay at the hotel and the general atmosphere/vibe?
Our guests are stylish city-dwellers and visitors to Edinburgh who have an affinity towards classic luxury, perfectly encapsulating the concept of Gleneagles Townhouse. We pride ourselves on creating a convivial atmosphere while maintaining timeless charm and seamless service, offering all of the conveniences a guest would expect of a modern hotel combined with carefully preserved elements from Gleneagles.
What is one thing about the hotel that you think first time visitors to Edinburgh will find surprising?
Visitors will be surprised by the creative use of space, transforming significant rooms from the building’s history into modern concepts. A prime example is down in The Strong Rooms, housed in the former bank vault. The space has been redesigned into a state-of-the-art wellness facility inclusive of a Technogym, cryotherapy chambers, and an infrared sauna while maintaining the original footprint and impressive vault door.
What do you think gives the Townhouse such a unique identity?
As the only outpost of the Gleneagles brand, there was a lot of careful consideration put into place when creating the Townhouse. The team painstakingly restored the historic building for 5 years, ensuring every detail was up to par with the luxury standards for which Gleneagles is celebrated. Outfitted for guests with an elevated city experience in mind, there are several standout elements including our private members club; a rooftop terrace bar, Lamplighters, available for members and guests of the property with city views; and wellness studio that make it the perfect metropolitan counterpart to the original property in the Scottish Highlands.
What is a local attraction that you always recommend to guests?
We always recommend a stop to Edinburgh Castle, a must-see for any first-time visitors to the city, followed by a walk down the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, taking visitors to the Palace of Holyroodhouse—The King’s official Scottish Residence. Other notable attractions include the Scottish National Gallery, The Royal Yacht Britannia, and for those coming over festive season, the Christmas Market in Edinburgh is one of the best in the world!
What sets the Townhouse apart from its peers in the area?
Gleneagles Townhouse is the only hotel in Edinburgh to also house its own private members club. The Townhouse serves as a full-service business locale, with gorgeously appointed co-working spaces, priority seating at The Spence, as well as an exclusive members and guest only rooftop bar, Lamplighters. Members get special access to a cultural calendar of events, clubs, and societies, as well as admission to the state-of-the-art wellness and spa facilities and a discount on bedroom reservations.
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