Sitting in the beautiful surrounds of the Glasshouse Hotel it’s easy to switch off from whatever stresses you may have in life and forget you’re near the heart of the beautiful city of Edinburgh. The Glasshouse is in a perfect position with the buzzing trendy Leith Shore on one side and easy access to all other areas this fabulous city has to offer on the other side.
The front façade of the building is an old Scottish church and it doesn’t look like it could house 77 guest bedrooms which includes 22 suites, until you enter this boutique hotel which is like a tardis with its walkways, corridors, snugs and exquisite gardens.
We were invited to stay in a suite which was more than ample for the two of us and decorated to a very high spec. We had a veranda, which was a calm and peaceful area to take in the hustle and bustle of the gateway to Leith below and was complemented with greenery and outdoor seating. The designer had cleverly taken into account the changeable weather conditions in Edinburgh so there was lots of glass so as not to compromise our views, and foliage to give us privacy from our neighbouring travellers. The marriage of the old church and the new design works perfectly, a match made in heaven. The artworks within the hotel are very interesting and most of it to my liking especially the Penelope’s who stood proudly in the gardens and corridors and were the creation of an Italian Design House called MyYour.
We were booked in for dinner at 8pm so went down earlier for drinks. Looking for the restaurant we found this tranquil area with various types of seating, lighting, and a magnificent modern fireplace which was where we had our pre-dinner drinks on a comfortable couch arrangement before moving on to a dining table for our meal. The food was of a high standard, good quality, melt-in-your-mouth meat – mainly supplied by Campbell Bros. and sourced locally as were most ingredients.
As well as being a lovely holiday or weekend destination, The Glasshouse is also the ideal wedding venue. They boast the only Edinburgh city centre hotel to house a 2-acre roof garden taking in views as stunning as the Firth of Forth and Calton Hill. The Calton Suite is housed within the gardens and is a perfect venue for private events with a breathtaking backdrop for any guests’ photo. The gardens are so tranquil and relaxing for a drink or afternoon tea which would be perfect after a major exploration round the beautiful city.
I would love to visit The Glasshouse again when I’m in Edinburgh and suspect it would be a perfect venue to view the fantastic fireworks the festival, fringe, tattoo and Hogmanay have to offer. It really is a case of haste ye back.
By Lorraine Woolley