Edinburgh is a city that has always been on my wish list to visit. I love Georgian architecture so it just seems like the perfect place to be. In the summer I decided to finally book a much-needed break and patiently waited for September to come around so I can head up north.
The team at The Glasshouse very kindly invited me to stay the night and experience their stunning hotel. Obviously, I couldn’t turn this invitation down!
As I was in Edinburgh for a few days, I visited all the attractions and of course, discovered the stunning Georgian architecture. Edinburgh is a vibrant city with plenty of places to see and experience during your adventure. It’s steeped in history and full of beautiful scenery.
On my last day, I headed over to The Glasshouse. A short walk from the hustle and bustle of all the shopping on Princes Street, you’re greeted by a gothic facade, dating from 1846. The hotel is in an ideal location and just across the road is the final tram stop.
Upon arrival in the recently refurbished reception, I was greeted by friendly staff that were more than happy to put my luggage in storage whilst I spend the day in the city prior to checking in later that afternoon. The concierge provided me with a few booklets on what to do in Edinburgh and his personal recommendations of where to go.
After visiting a few attractions, I returned to the hotel later that afternoon to head up to my room. The hotel is part of the Omni development, with bedrooms and event space located on the rooftop. Heading up the lift from reception, I walked down the corridor to one of the deluxe suites, located on the corner of the building.
As soon as you walk into the room, you’re greeted by floor to ceiling windows with views of Calton Hill. Walking around, the whole space is flooded with light and of course, a stunning view.
The rooms feature a unique design with the sofa and king bed opposite each other separated by a wooden screen. The TV is fixed to this but can be turned either side. There’s also a balcony, a dining table and a dressing table. The bathroom is stylish and the perfect place to relax after a long day. It features a large bath, shower and dual sinks.
On a warm sunny day, the two-acre rooftop garden is definitely the place you want to be spending your time. Stepping outside, you walk along a path surrounded by shrubbery before it opens up into the lawn. This is a unique space to enjoy the sunshine, away from the hustle and bustle of the city below.
During your stay, you can book a rooftop picnic where a tartan rug will be laid on the grass for you with a hamper filled with an array of Scottish produce. What better way to enjoy your afternoon with a picnic and cocktail in hand!
In the evening, I headed to the Snug for dinner. Just the name makes you want to spend all your time here! It’s positioned in the heart of the hotel and is definitely the one place I’d want to be on a cold winter evening. Recently renovated, it’s the perfect setting to relax with a drink and some delicious food.
The Snug features a large fireplace where many guests were sitting and enjoying a whisky. Talk about whisky, you’ll find a selection of nearly 100 Scotch whiskies to choose from. Whisky lover? You’re in for a treat!
Between midday and 10:30 pm a wide choice of food is served which is ideal for both lunch and dinner. For starter, I had an incredible vegetable platter. It’s not something I would go for however, I’m so glad I did! It was fresh, tasty and definitely something I’d have again. This was followed by a vegetarian burger with chips. Once again, this was so delicious!
Overall, my stay at The Glasshouse was perfect. The rooms are modern and comfortable and the hotel is in such an ideal location to explore everything Edinburgh has to offer. I’d definitely recommend this as the perfect place to stay for a break in Edinburgh!
If you’re looking for an extremely unique place to say “I do”, The Glasshouse is excellent for a wedding. You can choose for a ceremony on the rooftop garden with the backdrop of Calton Hill, inside one of the stunning indoor spaces or even in the Brasserie with its floor-to-ceiling windows. The Glasshouse really is a great venue for weddings any time of the year.
Perched on the rooftop is the stunning Calton Suite. This venue space has direct access to the roof garden and terrace which is the ideal place to mingle with guests in the sunshine. This venue space can host up to 80 for the ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to 110 for the evening reception.
For further information on staying or hosting your wedding at The Glasshouse, please visit theglasshousehotel.co.uk