EDINBURGH’S Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa has been relaunched following a root and branch, multi-million pound refurbishment.
The revamp of the Festival Square hotel, which first opened in 1985, was carried out in phases over a two-year period to mark the hotel’s 25th birthday.
The project is said to have given the hotel a “stylish and contemporary” look, which is designed to appeal to business and leisure travellers.
All 269 guest rooms have been designed in a “contemporary Scottish style” with frosted glass-walled bathrooms and state–of-the-art technology. All rooms feature the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed and are decorated with natural furnishings and Scottish art.
The Grand Suite, which overlooks Edinburgh castle, has a master bedroom with dressing room, a separate twin-bedroom, lounge area, private lobby and cloakroom. And the hotel’s One Spa offers a range of treatments and therapies.
New facilities installed as part of the revamp include the Sheraton Club Floor, where ‘club’ guests can enjoy breakfast drinks and snacks in an exclusive lounge; there’s also a new meetings and events complex, which has 14 function rooms.
The new bar and restaurant, One Square, is headed up by executive chef Malcolm Webster and focuses on modern British cuisine.
The revamp has also seen a host of new services introduced at the hotel, including Link@Sheraton with Microsoft – a communications hub in the lobby providing complimentary wi-fi and PC workstations for guests – and Sheraton Fitness by Core Performance – a tailored exercise programme for hotel guests which is available in the newly-refurbished gym and fitness studios.
Hoyt Harper, global brand leader for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, said the revamp of the Edinburgh property is part of a “global revitalisation effort” which has seen the firm invest in new hotel openings and refurbishments around the world.
“We have spent the last few years renovating and rebuilding one of the hotel industry’s most iconic brands and Sheraton Hotel’s all-time high guest satisfaction scores are a direct result of this investment,” he said.
“As one of our flagship hotels, the newly-renovated Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh showcases our commitment to making the brand an unparalleled leader in the hospitality sector.”
Roeland Vos, president of parent company Starwood Hotels & Resorts for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, said: “Sheraton now stands taller than ever before with the strongest portfolio in its history and we are proud to offer guests new flagship hotels, renovated properties and signature brand offerings.”
Starwood currently operates ten hotels and resorts in the UK and Ireland, including Turnberry in Ayrshire.