Reflecting on the past while boldly and imaginatively embracing the future – this is Glasshouse
A modern perspective and a great first impression from the reception lobby
Great room layouts, plenty of light, and creative details – the standard in every room
Seriously well-appointed bathrooms worth spending more time in...
Bringing the outdoors into your meeting saves energy and keeps everyone smiling
Contemporary garden architecture graces the hotel's remarkable roof garden
Edinburgh lightens up with this most unique luxury boutique, where a 19th century stone facade is the appetizer for a totally modern hotel experience.
One of the best ways to honor an historic building, while expanding it for 21st century use, is with modern expressions in glass. It is the natural evolution of architecture and design, and we delight in seeing new interpretations of integrating the old with the new. We have even more veneration when that transformation is to a distinctive, luxury boutique hotel. And that hotel is the Glasshouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, of the admirable Eton Collection.
The original stone building was the Lady Glenorchy Church, dating to the mid-19th century. The façade of the church was restored and integrated into a new structure of metal and glass. The visual contrast from the hotel’s exterior is striking and exciting. You are immediately drawn inside, where a thoroughly modern experience awaits.
The site of the hotel is quite large for a European city, and the sense of privacy and spaciousness created by the hotel’s design is a standout feature. Beyond the historic Gothic stone and reflective glass façade, the lobby comes alive with colorful, contemporary furnishings and stylish accent lighting, enhanced by metal and glass railings and unusually high ceilings. The hotel’s accommodations are a complex of low-rise modern building wings, oriented around a 2-acre landscaped roof garden.
Glasshouse offers 65 guest rooms and suites, all spacious and of timeless contemporary design. Guest room features include floor-to-ceiling windows and low profile furnishings, maximizing views to the garden. The atmosphere is further enhanced via rich natural materials, deep colored fabrics, and decorative wooden space dividers. The hotel has integrated elements of sustainable design, including horizontal sunshades, natural wood finishes, and the roof garden, which helps to keep the building cool in the summer.
Dining at Glasshouse is informal and geared towards flexibility for guests. Breakfast is served in the glass-enclosed Observatory, offering views to historic Carlton Hill, a Scottish National Heritage site. Light meals and classic Scottish fare are offered throughout the day in the Snug, the hotel’s atmospheric lounge. Private dining, and business and social gatherings, are accommodated with a choice of meeting and event rooms, ranging from the 12-seat boardroom to standing receptions for up to 120. Dining menus and catering for events are created by Head Chef James Moyle.
Glasshouse Hotel is within walking distance of the popular Princes Street, with its famous shopping and Edinburgh’s many cultural attractions, including Edinburgh Castle and the National Gallery of Scotland.
Image source: the Eton Collection
2 Greenside Place
Edinburgh EH1 3AA