Thursday, 3 September 2015
Neoclassical building to become Edinburgh hotel
Edinburgh's listed former Royal High School is to become a luxury hotel. Its location, history and architecture look certain to attract plenty of demand. To be managed by the Rosewood group, the property will be on Calton Hill, bang in the centre of the Scottish capital. The building, designed by Thomas Hamilton, was completed in 1829. Modelled on the Athens Hephaisteion, it is regarded as Scotland's finest example of the Greek revival style. Former pupils of the school included Alexander Graham Bell and Sir Walter Scott. After the school vacated it in 1968 it was earmarked twice as the seat of a Scottish parliament, which would up eventually in purpose built home. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2018 with 147 rooms - many offering views of the city - a spa, fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool.