We do love a weekend in Edinburgh, with its grandiose medieval and Georgian architecture, its heritage pubs and its unshakeable sense of gravitas. But if we’re being honest, we wouldn’t mind if it had a few more destination worthy boutique hotels.
And so we’re excited for the city’s stylish new Market Street Hotel (a member of Design Hotels, and a Carlton Hotel Collection property), opening sometime in the coming weeks. Straddling the border between the Old Town and New, it means a stroll along buzzy George Street and a climb up to the panorama of Arthur’s Seat are both quick trips from the front door. And the hotel’s highly anticipated rooftop champagne bar Nor’ Loft (with open kitchen and fireplace) will take in views of the Sir Walter Scott monument, Princes Street Gardens and, most dramatically, the imposing, awe-inspiring Edinburgh Castle. So…bubbles with a quintessential view.
Interiors are by Dutch design firm FG Stijl – who have worked with Park Hyatt and Nobu – and the result crosses Corbusian industrial austerity with a cool update of Scottish tradition (tartan meets concrete, if you will). And the 98 rooms and suites exhibit a warm, contemporary elegance – with moody lighting and cosmopolitan color schemes.
Timing couldn’t be better, as the 2019 edition of the exalted annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe is set for August 2 – 26. But the National Gallery of Modern Art will also be exhibiting Beyond Realism: Dada and Surrealism, through September 25, showing off its extensive collection of dada art and artifacts.