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Edinburgh’s Old Town Chambers named as top place to stay in Scotland

The Old Town Chambers, off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, has come out as the second best place to stay in the UK, or the top in Scotland, by Chinese visitors, according to online booking site
The 36 five-star serviced apartments opened last year after a £46 million renovation by the Chris Stewart Group, which saw three of the city’s closes being opened up to create a thriving business and leisure destination.

The apartments comprise of 16th century studios, one, two and three bedrooms, as well as a three stunning penthouses and a 15th century townhouse, which is the oldest townhouse in Edinburgh.

Julie Grieve, CEO of the Old Town Chambers, said: “We’re delighted to have been recognised as the second best place to stay in the UK, or if you look at it, the best place to stay in Scotland.

“We welcome guests from all over the world and for our Chinese guests to think so highly of us in an honour.

“We have only been open for a year and the testament to our success is down to the staff. “The essence of everything we do is about providing a truly amazing experience and we go out of our way to give guests whatever they need.”

Many of the guests have proposed at the apartments, which contain breath-taking views of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks including Princes Street and the Scott Monument.

Unique features include original period wall paintings, exposed brick, through to bluetooth Bose sound systems, Smart TVs and a multi-zone heating system in every room. Entry is via a keypad for which every guest has a specific code and prices range from £99 to £1200 per night.

Visitors to the UK from China have doubled in the last five years, according to VisitBritain, and it is hoped that these numbers will treble in the next six years. The fact the government recently decided to streamline UK visa applications from Chinese nationals should help these numbers continue to grow, which is a big positive for the hospitality industry.

Jason Grist, UK area manager for, said: “In line with industry trends we have experienced a 50 per cent increase in UK bookings by Chinese tourists in Q1 2014 compared to the same timeframe in 2013.

“In addition, we have seen the range of accommodations stayed in increase by almost a third. We believe this growth is just the beginning, and by enhancing our service for Chinese visitors it will help drive interest not only for us, but also for UK tourism.”

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