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The Glasshouse

Address: 2 Greenside Place

Neighborhood: New Town

City: Edinburgh

Phone: 011-44-131-525-8200

Website: www.theetoncollection.com/glasshouse

Expert Review

Set behind the façade of a 150-year-old church, this striking 65-room hotel is a master of disguise, rendering it a wee bit difficult to find. Once inside, however, it is more than evident that this posh New Town property (and sister to The Scotsman) is one of Edinburgh’s most unique contemporary hotels. As its name suggests, towering floor-to-ceiling windows create a bright, modern ambience. Guestrooms are filled with sunlight and offer a wide array of amenities, such as Egyptian-cotton bedding, complimentary shoeshine and newspaper, CD players with music library (on request), Internet access, private bar, flat-screen satellite TV, and 24-hour room service. Request a garden-view room and you won’t be sorry – they overlook a 2-acre, lavender-scented roof garden. Or choose a splurge-worthy studio or deluxe suite, each named for a single malt Scotch (with a decanter included, gratis), plus a roomy terrace with skyline views. There’s no restaurant, so enjoy a hearty breakfast or relaxing cocktails wherever you like: in your room, in the roof garden, or on a shady veranda.

Tags: luxury | boutique hotel | design

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