Gleneagles Townhouse Scotland
39 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD
Date of Creation
6th June 2022
Hotel General Manager:
Born in Gran Canaria, Alberto brings 20 years of experience in the hotel industry spanning across Gleneagles, The Sloane Club and The Dorchester in London, and luxury hotel and golf resort, Finca Cortesin in sunny Marbella. A natural people person, Alberto is passionate about building strong relationships with our members so make sure to say hello next time you see him. When not steering the ship at Townhouse, Alberto can be found enjoying a game of golf, on the padel courts or relaxing with a nice glass of red. Spanish, of course.
5-star luxury within the City of Edinburgh
History & Story
From 16th Century streets and an iconic castle where history comes to life, to luxury high-end shopping and world-class restaurants. Check into Gleneagles Townhouse, Gleneagles’ first luxury city hotel in the heart of the city is within easy distance of all the major attractions. The Townhouse boasts 33 guestrooms embracing the noble building’s heritage, blending timeless charm with all today’s needs. Deeply comfortable, they’re sanctuaries of downtime as the city sleeps. Their all-day restaurant and bar The Spence, is a place for great get-togethers and happy huddles, while our rooftop bar Lamplighters serves classic cocktails and vast views over the city. The Strong Room is the place for state-of-the-art tech and curated experiences for holistic wellness. With innovative technologies including a cryotherapy chamber and infrared sauna Gleneagles Townhouse has all the facilities to make your stay memorable.
The Townhouse has been under renovation since 2017 for her grand opening in June 2022. Over the last five years, Ennismore Design Studio and their talented team of architects and designers have worked tirelessly to sensitively restore the Townhouse building. Embracing the building’s heritage and listed building status, interiors marry timeless charm with all of today’s necessities in each of the hotel’s 33 rooms and suites. Each guestroom will be totally unique in its own way, individual in size, orientation and ceiling height – with star suites overlooking St. Andrew Square. The grandeur of the building’s beginnings has been reflected through the use of decorative mouldings and sweeping features such as canopy crown headboards. Throughout the Townhouse, original fireplaces and panelling have been reimagined with fresh colours whilst maintaining their authentic features. Modern artwork curated by local Scottish artists complements antique lighting, ornate cornicing, stone columns, ornamental gold details, original vaults and floor tiles. Noble nods have been made throughout to the building’s outstanding architectural features designed by notable architects and sculptors such as David Bryce, best known for perfecting Scottish baronial style.
Retail – Harvey Nichols, St James Centre, George Street and Queen Street for more shopping
High end restaurants and bars in the local area.
Sightseeing – some of Edinburgh’s top tourist attractions nearby such as Scott Monument, Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh Castle, Scottish National Art Galleries, Mary Kings Close
Edinburgh Fringe Festival – in August the city explodes into a carnival of culture for Edinburgh’s famous Festivals.
Gleneagles’ Townhouse first luxury city hotel, all-day restaurant, roof terrace and members’ club in St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh.
• Number of Luxury rooms – 2
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all – 33
33 luxury rooms each offering a contemporary take on Georgian elegance and add an indulgent measure of homely comfort, and you have a sense of our beautiful Townhouse bedrooms. Think characterful wooden floors, luxurious fabrics, antique rugs and comfy king-sized beds. Townhouse’s 33 guestrooms embrace our noble building’s heritage, blending timeless charm with all today’s needs in our hotel bedrooms. Deeply comfortable, they’re sanctuaries of downtime as the city sleeps.
In the heart of the city – The Townhouse places you within a stone’s throw from Waverly Station and in prime position for exploring the best of Edinburgh.
Our wellness suite, Strong Rooms, is situated within the banks former vault. The infrastructure of the vault is still maintained today.
Our members only area named the ‘Note Burning Room’ was named after the service that banks used to carry out for old/ redundant bank notes that could no longer be used.
Restaurants & Bars
• The Spence – Expect an all-day buzz where Head Chef, Jonny Wright celebrates world-class produce from across Scotland. He’s worked with local producers, including old friends and new neighbours, to create seasonally inspired modern classic cuisine, while our comprehensive wine list honours new and heritage makers.
• Lamplighters – A sophisticated spot for cocktail connoisseurs and social butterflies alike, Lamplighters rooftop bar in Edinburgh sits high above street level, where Georgian statues watch over the city. Open from 12 noon Saturday & Sunday and 2pm Monday to Friday until the early hours, exclusive to members and hotel guests, find out why it’s one of Edinburgh’s most eclectic and vibrant after-dark destinations.
The Strong Rooms – Down in the bank’s former vault, house guests and members have access to our dedicated treatments and therapy space. Expect curated experiences for holistic wellness and innovative technologies including a cryotherapy chamber and infrared sauna. Our holistic wellness offering is enriched and enhanced by the latest technology. Cryotherapy and infrared saunas promise myriad health advantages, and our Virtual Platform brings an immersive audio-visual dimension to our class studios. With over 40 complimentary classes to Townhouse members and guests. An addition two studios are available for yoga and spin classes.
Spa – Feel the rejuvenating effect of next-generation spa therapies. Expect innovative Gleneagles signatures as well as Dr. Barbara Sturm face treatments and Tata Harper body and face therapies, all of which offer relief, recovery and renewal from the stresses of everyday life.
Corporate & Celebrations events
In the heart of Edinburgh city centre, Gleneagles Townhouse unites rich Scottish history with the buzz of metropolis to create a space that’s as suitable for celebrating as it is for innovating. Whatever your cause to gather in the capital. Townhouse offers an array of unique rooms for glorious gatherings.
For our elegant selection of private dining spaces that provide the perfect backdrop for intimate dinners, drinks receptions, and personal celebrations, to our elevated boardroom setting that inspire vibrant collaboration, Gleneagles Townhouse sets a sophisticated scene for any occasion.
With 5 unique event spaces we can cater for a wide range of celebrations and corporate meetings. Our spaces include The Counting Room, The Spence private dining room. The Courtyard, The Telling Room and our rooftop bar, Lamplighters. All our spaces can host various sizes from sit down dinners to cocktail receptions.
Extra Notables Features
Rooftop bar overseeing St Andrew Square with stunning views out over the city, and a selection of irresistible cocktails, Lamplighters exemplifies Townhouse’s blend of historic Scottish heritage and the city centre buzz.
Home to six towering Corinthian columns located in historic Edinburgh, the former British Linen Bank makes quite an impression in a city known for its architectural flavour. With a style that harkens back to Roman-times, the property is flanked by six columns that elevate into six statues designed by A. Handyside Ritchie; representing Navigation, Commerce, Manufacture, Science, Art and Agriculture.
Hotel and Restaurant Awards
Gleneagles Townhouse opened its doors to the public on 6th June 2022.
Gleneagles Townhouse is not associated with any awards pre-2022 however in 2022 we have won
Conde Naste Traveller Hot List award 2023 (May)
GQ Food & Drink Awards 2023 (April) – ‘Best Hotel’
Travel + Leisure ‘It List’ 2023 (April) – No. 6 on ‘The 100 Best New Hotels in the World’
Travel + Leisure ‘It List’ 2023 (April) – No. 15 on ‘The 24 Best New Luxury City Hotels Around the World’
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