Although well over 250 years old, Edinburgh’s New Town – a UNESCO Heritage Site – is a beautiful, if austere, collection of sturdy and uniform ranks of Georgian buildings. Rows of terraces and mansions clad in local grey sandstone are a physical embodiment of the Scottish Reformation.
Refurbished by NYC-based architecture firm Grzywinski+Pons, Eden Locke is a new 72-room hotel with a café and bar that’s received a complete renovation and comprehensive fit-out. Celebrating its heritage details, the 18th-century Georgian mansion and its 20th-century extension was whittled down to its respective bones – and the chic new hotel created from there.
The hotel features lofty ceilings, tropical sorbet colours in plush fabrics and large windows that allow natural light to stream in through the reworked fenestration. The architects also designed much of the furniture, using bent wood, cane, wicker and terracotta complemented by brass, stone, cement cladding and steel, all of which sit amongst indoor plants and natural vegetation. Comfort, tranquillity and an ode to its history and heritage make the story of this stately Edinburgh hotel one of noteworthy appreciation.
Comfort, tranquillity and an ode to its history and heritage make the story of this stately Edinburgh hotel one of noteworthy appreciation. It’s on the bucket list, up among my top must-see places – I just love it!
Photography Nicholas Worley