Curtain up on Edinburgh hotel

 The Observatory breakfast room was revamped with “bright and cheerful” colours as part of the refurbishment.

EDINBURGH hotel The Glasshouse has been relaunched following a three-month revamp to mark its tenth anniversary.

The hotel – the first Scottish property to join Marriott’s Autograph Collection – has been given a “subtle arts and theatrical theme”, inspired by its location next to the Edinburgh Playhouse theatre and opposite the birthplace of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The refurbishment took in all 65 bedrooms and public spaces, including The Snug lounge and bar, The Observatory breakfast room and the roof top garden.
Created by the same team behind the hotel’s original design, who are now based at Mosaic Architecture and Design in Glasgow, the new look includes a large bespoke canvas of the capital’s skyline by Edinburgh-based artist Claire Heminsley in the lobby and a mezzanine area, which will open as a gallery.
Elsewhere, subtle nods to the artistic and theatrical theme continue with “subdued” lighting in the corridors and references to stage lighting in The Snug.
In the bedrooms, soft tones have been used on the walls to enhance the rich colours used on the scatter cushions and throws, while the artwork in the rooms is described as “moody with hints of red”.
The Observatory breakfast room, meanwhile, has been decorated in “bright, cheerful, fresh morning colours” and features new sofas to help break up the space and create a more relaxed atmosphere.
Alison Mathewson, general manager of The Glasshouse, said the hotel’s new look ties in to its location in the “cultural heart” of the city centre.
“The creative inspiration behind the redesign focuses on the artistic world – incorporating art, dance, theatre, and literature – and is reflected in the colours, ambience and style we have chosen for our guests,” she said.
“It has been an exciting time for us with the refurbishment, joining Autograph Collection hotels and a nationwide wedding venue award win, all within the last few months, so this launch will be the icing on the cake.”
Christopher Rawstro of Westmont Hospitality Group, an owner of The Glasshouse, said: “The arts theme and carefully chosen designs have enabled the hotel to retain its exclusivity and charm, but bring it a refreshed look to welcome our new and existing guests. We look forward to seeing The Glasshouse maintain its high levels of service within its wonderful new surroundings.”

Image – The Observatory breakfast room was revamped with “bright and cheerful” colours as part of the refurbishment.