Heart of Midlothian unveils plan to own and operate stadium hotel

Scottish Premiership football club Heart of Midlothian has unveiled plans to launch a new 25-bedroom hotel and events space integrated within the main stand at its Tynecastle Park stadium in the west of Edinburgh.

Conceived as the UK’s first club-owned and operated hotel inside a football stadium, the Tynecastle Park Hotel will offer a choice of individually styled guest rooms, including family, executive and accessible rooms.

The 25 rooms are reportedly being designed to a high specification, including en-suite shower rooms with marble finish, monsoon showers and emperor-size beds. Selected guest rooms will provide guests with the option of a live view of the pitch or city skyline on HD plasma screens.

Within the hotel there will also be a club lounge and a choice of six new meeting, conference and event spaces.

Tynecastle’s well-established Skyline Restaurant, which sits on the top floor of the main stand, will be open seven days a week offering Scottish seasonal menus to overnight guests and non-residents.

Ann Budge

Ann Budge from Tynecastle Park Hotel and Heart of Midlothian Football Club, said that the plan was driven by Hearts’ vision of ‘self-sustainability, community and growth’, with the Tynecastle Park Hotel owned and managed completely by the football club.

“Tynecastle Park is set to offer a truly unique hotel experience in our iconic Tynecastle Park Stadium – the home of Heart of Midlothian Football Club. Owned and operated entirely by the club, the hotel is Hearts’ newest and boldest venture. It’s also the only hotel of its kind found anywhere in the UK,” said Ms Budge.

“As part of our ambitious growth plans both on and off the pitch, our in-house hospitality team will take full responsibility for running the hotel and providing one-of-a-kind matchday experience and guest stays.

“The hotel rooms and additional conference and events space will offer the club an ideal opportunity to host even more events at Tynecastle while appealing to the millions of visitors that Edinburgh attracts each year as the UK’s second most visited city.”

Ms Budge added: “As well as our vast supporter base both in the local area and from further afield, we hope to attract international visitors and guests from around the UK looking for high quality, contemporary accommodation as part of an Edinburgh city break.

“It’s not just a hotel for football fans,” she stressed. “Tynecastle Park Hotel is ideally positioned within a few minutes of the city centre, Murrayfield Stadium and the Edinburgh tram line. Also located on the right side of the city for Edinburgh Airport, this will be a perfect location for all types of visitors, including business travellers.”