Virgin Hotels opens first Edinburgh property

Virgin Hotels has opened its first Edinburgh property in the landmark India Buildings in Edinburgh’s Old Town, just moments from Edinburgh Castle, joining several noteworthy local restaurants, music venues and boutique hotels.

Currently in its soft launch phase, Virgin Hotels Edinburgh will open to the general public from 14 June.

This first phase of the launch sees the opening of 54 guest rooms, known as ‘Chambers’, in addition to multiple dining and drinking outlets, all with their own unique space and distinct design. This includes Commons Club, Virgin Hotels’ flagship restaurant and bar that acts as a modern-day social club, and the Funny Library Coffee Shop, offering a selection of teas, coffees, house-made pastries and sandwiches.

The hotel is a collaboration between Virgin Hotels and Scottish architect studio Four-by-Two, who have worked to preserve notable elements of the original building while adding some sophisticated Virgin touches. The property promises a thoughtful mix of old and new to fully capture the character of the cultural city of Edinburgh.

The second phase will launch in early autumn 2022.  All 222 Chambers and Grand Chamber Suites will open, as well as the remaining dining and drinking outlets. This will include Eve, an all-day dining space, and Greyfriar’s Hall, a 19th century church that has been beautifully restored and repurposed as a special event venue and rooftop sanctuary with unobstructed views of Edinburgh Castle.

The hotel features a range of artworks which includes numerous pieces created by local artists alongside works inspired by the unique character of Scotland and the Scots. Fashion photography with Scottish tartan, portrait galleries celebrating women from Scotland’s past and present, and a focus on female Scottish artists showcase women both in-front of and behind the lens.

The hotel is also working with sister company Virgin Start Up to feature products from local Scottish companies that have been supported by the Start Up initiative. A selection of food, drink, clothing and skincare will be available for purchase from a centrally located honesty bar.

For more information, visit the Virgin Hotels Edinburgh website.