The Glasshouse Edinburgh

2 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 3BN

Price from: £74

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By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#3 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Location:
3.8
3.8
Bedrooms:
5
5.0
Eating/drinking:
0
N/A
Public areas:
1.2
1.2
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.9
4.9
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Singles, Nightlife, Romance, Shopping

Best for Trendiness - Expert review of The Glasshouse Edinburgh

A hotel with a glass roof - a real wow with a two acre roof terrace.

The 150-year-old facade of a church is the incongruous entrance to this remarkable spot. Once you enter you go up, up and away to the top of the building and feel as if you are emerging in another world: this is the roof of the city. The Glasshouse is aptly named as they used as much glass as physically possible to construct this breathtaking space. There are floor to ceiling windows and luxurious rooms.The remarkable thing is unbeknown to those shuffling past outside as up here, above the city, sits a two acre roof terrace with outrageously good views. Some rooms also offer a private terrace. This is James Bond stuff. And so discreet you wouldn't know it was there.

Location: 

Perfect for exploring Edinburgh though hard to find as it really is hidden away. The entrance does not do justice to what is waiting for you when you get out of the lift into the hotel.

Bedrooms: 

There are 65 guest rooms, including the two deluxe suites (one of which has its own private Jacuzzi, sauna and a lounge area with floor to ceiling windows and views over the roof terrace I keep talking about). Ask for a room overlooking the terrace as this is the quiet side of the hotel.

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Public areas: 

The hotel is not open to non-residents so there are no public areas to speak of. There isn't a restaurant, just the snug where there's an honesty bar.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast is continental-style so if you want something cooked you will pay well for it. There is 24 hour food and drink service available to your room but no restaurant.

The snug has an honesty bar where you help yourself and note down what you have consumed, which is a nice touch in these cynical days.

Service: 

You get personalised business cards on arrival with the hotel's private direct phone number. As I say, very James Bond.

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Who stays there: 

The well-heeled, shoppers, couples, singles, design fans, oh and theatre goers as The Edinburgh Playhouse is right next door.

Price advice: 

WiFi is complimentary for one hour a day, after that £15 for 24 hours.

Pros: 
That roof terrace
Quiet hotel - there will be no raucous carry-ons here
Cons: 
Non residents not allowed so no local banter
One hour's free WiFi then charged £15 per day

More information on The Glasshouse Edinburgh:

Price from:
£74
Type:
Hotel
Address:
2 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 3BN
Free tags / Keywords:
Exclusive
Amenities:
Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant
Neighbourhood:
Central Edinburgh

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