In what quite possibly has been the longest build-up to a hotel opening in Scottish history, Gleneagles Townhouse has finally opened its doors. Following a painstaking five-year restoration project, Ennismore Design Studio were tasked to expand the legacy of Gleneagles to create a 33-key boutique hotel in the heart of Edinburgh inside a converted bank.
At the centre of the notable building lies The Spence – an airy, social space offering modern style brasserie-dining, from Bloody Mary breakfasts all the way through to dynamic dinners. Led by Head Chef Jonny Wright, who returns to his native Scotland with over 16 years’ experience, his own enthusiasm for Scotland’s natural larder – the old Scots word from which The Spence takes its name – is what will make the offering really stand out. Within The Spence, a central bar sits underneath an extraordinary glass-domed ceiling serving up a seasonally rotating, locally inspired list of cocktails, local whiskies, beers, spirits, and wine curated by bar manager, Stefanie Anderson.
Down in the bank’s former vault, Townhouse resident guests and members have access to The Strong Rooms, a dedicated training, treatments and therapies space. With curated experiences for holistic wellness and innovative technologies including a cryotherapy chamber and infrared sauna, alongside the gym and wellness studios, the offering aims to enhance individual wellness journeys through movement, restoration, and recovery.
The Members’ Club features two exclusive spaces, the Note Burning Room which is designed for breakfast meetings, brunches and long, leisurely lunches, and co-working space The Telling Rooms, perfect for relaxed remote working. Evenings at Townhouse promise to be lively, social and a place for friends and colleagues to gather at the end of the working day. The roof terrace bar Lamplighters, open exclusively to members and hotel guests, offers impressive views of the city’s medieval Old Town to the left and New Town to the right – the perfect spot to watch the sun set and see the city lights sparkle.
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