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The Glasshouse reveals its artistic side with refurbishment

The Glasshouse exterior
Edinburgh’s most luxurious boutique hotel will relaunch under Autograph Collection hotels by Marriott following a refurbishment.
Marking its ten year anniversary since opening, The Glasshouse will reveal its fresh artistic interiors in July, which includes transformation of all its bedrooms and public spaces, including The Snug lounge and bar, The Observatory and roof top garden, all linked with a subtle arts and theatrical theme.

In addition, the lobby will feature a large bespoke canvas of the famous Capital’s skyline by Edinburgh-based artist Claire Heminsley, and the mezzanine area will open as an exclusive art gallery showcasing some of Scotland’s finest contemporary artists. 

The three-month refurbishment began in March and will be revealed at a launch party, which will also mark its new status as the first Scottish member of the Autograph Collection.

Alison Mathewson, General Manager of The Glasshouse, said: “We’re delighted to showcase the new look hotel.  Located next to the famous Edinburgh Playhouse theatre and opposite the birthplace of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Glasshouse is in the cultural heart of the city centre.

“The creative inspiration behind the redesign focuses on the artistic world – incorporating art, dance, theatre, and literature – and is reflected in the colours, ambience and style we have chosen for our guests.

“It has been an exciting time for us with the refurbishment, joining Autograph Collection hotels and a nation-wide wedding venue award win, all within the last few months, so this launch will be the icing on the cake.”

Ten years on since creating the hotel’s original design, the design team, now at Glasgow-based Mosaic Architecture and Design, has lent its expertise once again to refresh the interiors, with independent consultancy firm ChandlerKBS providing project management and engineering consultancy practice Quattro Consult also supplying its services. 

A theatrical atmosphere welcomes guests entering the hotel, with the corridors and public spaces featuring dark and putty moody water marked wall-coverings from Zoffany, based with warm grey tones within the carpet from Calderdale. Corridor lighting is subtle and subdued with further theatrical references to stage lighting within The Snug area.

In the bedrooms, soft wall tones are used to help enhance the rich warm colours used on the bed scatter cushions and throws, and red silk shades are introduced to further frame the presentation of the large comfortable beds. Artwork within the rooms is moody with hints of red to help balance the tones used to present the bed.

The Observatory breakfast room has been refreshed to offer bright, cheerful, fresh morning colours, and sofas have been introduced to help break up the space and to introduce a more relaxed atmosphere. The lime and warm grey wall colour tones were introduced into the upholstery fabrics and carpet totalling in a fresh palette for the breakfast room.

The Glasshouse owners include Westmont Hospitality Group. Christopher Rawstron Vice President Operations – Asset Management for Westmont Management LTD said: “This significant investment will build on the hotel’s already extremely impressive status as Edinburgh’s leading boutique hotel.

“The arts theme and carefully chosen designs have enabled the hotel to retain its exclusivity and charm, but bring it a refreshed look to welcome our new and existing guests. We look forward to seeing The Glasshouse maintain its high levels of service within its wonderful new surroundings.”

In addition, the hotel is the first venue in Scotland that has products supplied by Italian designer MyYour, including one of its most famous creations, Penelope. The Padova-based furnishing company offers a wide range of lighting and decorative accessories, with the striking two-metre high Penelope, illuminating a number of areas in the newly refurbished hotel including the lobby and on level three. The Italian design company has also designed the new outdoor furniture featured on The Glasshouse’s two-acre rooftop garden and bedroom balconies.

Rob Fairhurst, director of MyYour, said: “The Glasshouse is the first Scottish hotel to use MyYour furniture and lighting extensively. We have been working with the design team and hotel management over the last six months to ensure they had the right designs and colours of product for each area. We feel the Glasshouse is the perfect venue to showcase the versatility of MyYours designs and are thrilled with the results.”

The hotel has won a number of awards since opening in 2004, including 'Most Stylish Hotel' by the Scottish Style Awards and most recently being named as Wedding Venue of the Year within the South East Region at the prestigious Scottish Wedding Awards 2013.

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