The Glasshouse Edinburgh

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Address: 2 Greenside Place, , Edinburgh, EH1 3BN, Scotland

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.9

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
3.8
90%
Eating/drinking
n/a
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.9
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
5
90%
Public areas
1.2
90%

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.

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.

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.

 

 

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • Romance
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

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