It teased us with its highly conceptual marketing on social media and whispers of its arrival spread across Edinburgh like wildfire. Market Street Hotel, Scotland’s first design hotel from Carlton Hotel Collection opened its doors in August during the Edinburgh festival. I was invited to experience this new and exciting addition to Edinburgh’s hotel scene and could not wait to see what it had to offer.
Situated on the fringes of Edinburgh’s iconic old town, Market Street Hotel takes pride and place in its new home. Surprisingly its contemporary exterior blends perfectly into the historic surroundings. Stone sourced from within 90 miles of its location was used in order to create this seamless integration of old and new. As it towers above nearby Waverley station you cannot help but notice this crowning glory.
Market Street Hotel has turned the typical hotel concept on its head by cleverly locating the reception on its seventh floor instead of the ground. The mirrored and amazing lit elevator whisks you up, where you are greeted by lovely welcoming staff in the open and airy foyer with views of the Edinburgh skyline.
There is an abundance of room types to choose from, including; Cozy, Roomy, Roomy Bath, Vista and the indulgent Alba Suite. I stayed in the Vista room and as its name suggests this room was located on the upper floors having stunning views of the city. In order to take full advantage of these views the room contains a handy pair of binoculars, so you can take in the striking architecture of Edinburgh.
The rooms in Market Street Hotel are beautifully designed to get the best out of the space. A large king-size bed provides a sumptuous place to lay your head at the end of the night. Providing you with a pillow menu, they make all attempts to ensure you get a good nights sleep.
The heavy wooden shutters allow you to close yourself off from the city and be cocooned in your very own luxurious room. I must say it was one of the most comfortable beds I have slept in and the room was surprisingly quiet being so close to the city centre.
The ante-bathrooms are a fantastic design aspect, providing guests with separate toilet, shower and sink areas. A relaxing rainfall shower, fluffy bathrobes, comfy slippers and Votary bathroom amenities are the perfect way to start or finish your day. In all honesty, I didn’t want to leave my room.
Everything, even down to the rooms amenities all exude contemporary design elements, an aspect that runs through the hotels DNA. From Dyson hairdryers, GHD straighteners, smart tv and even the option of a clothes steamer.
What I especially loved about the room was its complimentary indulgence cabinet, with Nespresso machine and Aeroccino milk frother, locally roasted coffee and even a mini-bar which is so often not included within the price of a hotel stay.
Its iconic glass-fronted champagne bar on the top follow is called Nor’ Loft; named after the Nor’ Loch that used to lie beneath Edinburgh Castle. This exquisite champagne bar allows light to flood the space and provides uninterrupted views across the Edinburgh skyline.
The design is chic, laid back and contemporary. There is no shortage of seating and designated spaces have been cleverly segregated using a selection of sofas and chairs in an array of colours and textures. Its modern angular design provides perfect nooks and crannies where you can sit back and enjoy your sparkling glass of champagne.
If the weather is lovely you can head out to their spectacular terrace and enjoy a drink al fresco whilst taking in the views of some of Edinburgh’s iconic monuments and buildings. What I especially adored was its wall adorned with flaming bowls each placed at a height to represent the first notes of the Scotland national anthem… Cue “Of Flower of Scotland!”
Although there is no formal restaurant, the Nor’ Loft provide numerous small plates which are the perfect accompaniment to their selection of drinks. I especially loved their soy-marinated quail eggs and smoked chicken rillettes.
The talented and enthusiastic Ollie who is Nor Loft’s head barman is always on hand to recommend the perfect drink or cocktail. The bar of course has an exceptional selection of champagne and while staying in the hotel each guest is treated with a complimentary glass during their stay.
It’s in Nor Loft where you also get to experience breakfast. It was such a treat to head up in the morning and be greeted by the gorgeous views of the city of Edinburgh. The staff go out there a way to make you feel very special and their enthusiastic and friendly nature is a breath of fresh air. Breakfast begins with a lovely section of pastries, cereals, fruits, hams, cheeses and bread for you to choose from.
My favourites was their vegan croissant filled with blueberry jam. Also included is a selection of hot food from the chef’s menu. I opted for the full Scottish breakfast of course which contained a selection of the best Scottish produce and was absolutely delicious.
Other options included crushed avocado and poached eggs, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon and even grilled grapefruit.
Overall I had a fantastic stay at Market Street Hotel. I loved its interior design, the staff whom were extremely friendly yet non-intrusive and the beautiful views from the rooms and Nor’ Loft made my stay truly exceptional.
Market Street Hotel is perfectly placed to enjoy the best parts of the city by directly straddling both the old town and the city centre. Being only across the road from Edinburgh Waverley train station and airport bus stop makes this hotel extremely accessible. All in all it is a fantastic design led addition to Edinburgh’s expanding hotel scene and one that I would highly recommend to everyone!
Blu Blazer Guy Rating :
Location – 5/5 – Centrally located
Customer Service – 5/5 – Friendly, welcoming and informative.
Rooms – 4/5 – Contemporary and spacious.
Cleanliness – 5/5 – All areas spotlessly clean.
Food/Drink – 4/5 – Great choice of drinks and food with stunning views over the city.