Media Release: 600 year-old Edinburgh townhouse re-opens its doors as luxury serviced apartment


IT was once home to wealthy city merchants – during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries – before falling into a state of disrepair in the 1800’s.

But 200 years later, one of Edinburgh’s oldest townhouses has been given a new lease of life and re-opened its doors today on the 24th of February 2014 offering luxury accommodation at £850 per night.

The two-bedroom property in Advocate’s Close, off the Royal Mile, pre-dates 1490 and is the latest contemporary offering from the Old Town Chambers serviced apartments, which was recently awarded a five-star rating from VisitScotland.

Blending state-of the-art facilities with centuries old architectural features, such as solid stone walls, original fireplaces and painted wall panels and beams, contrasting against double smoked French oak wooden flooring and Italian tiling, alongside the latest home entertainment system and a 24-hour concierge service, makes it one of the most exclusive and historic places to stay in Scotland.

The 12-month restoration project has been part of the £45 million redevelopment by the Chris Stewart Group to open up some of the Old Town’s hidden closes into a thriving leisure and business destination.

Julie Grieve, CEO of the Old Town Chambers, said:

“When we started the project, our plan was to transform the townhouse into an evocative living space for people looking for a unique city centre experience.

“Creating the highest quality interiors, incorporating state of the art facilities, which are sympathetically blended with the architectural and historic character of the house, was critical to the success of the venture.

“The property simply drips with history and style.

“Because the townhouse has such a unique character, we believe it will be a vibrant part Edinburgh’s landscape and unmatched anywhere in Scotland.”

She added:

“Serviced apartments are growing in popularity as tourists and business visitors seek out a more independent stay.

“The Old Town Chambers is, above all, about style and amazing spaces – from 15th century vaulted rooms to suites with stunning views across Princes Street. We are delighted to have been recognised for this and awarded five stars from VisitScotland.”

Manuela Calchini, regional director for VisitScotland, said:

“We are proud to award five stars to the Old Town Chambers, recognising this world class accommodation in the very heart of Scotland’s capital city.

“These fantastic serviced apartments are what visitors are looking for and we are pleased to see a commitment to quality and service and offering the best experience to their guests.

“The growth ambition for Scottish tourism will only be realised if we all ensure that our tourism businesses deliver the best experiences possible, as the Old Town Chambers are doing.

“The Old Town Chambers are a great addition to Edinburgh’s offering and will make a wonderful contribution to Homecoming Scotland 2014 and all the other fantastic events of this wonderful year.”

The Old Town Chambers contains 31 apartments comprising of studio, one, two and three bedrooms, as well as a stunning penthouse and the 15th-century townhouse.

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. Prices range from £130 to £1,200 per night.

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Contact: Julie Grieve
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