A NEW £20m luxury hotel in Edinburgh has been unveiled after being hidden behind scaffolding for more than two years.
The 98-room Market Street Hotel, situated in the historic city centre, has been under wraps throughout its construction.
But now, as the hotel prepares to open its doors to its first visitors next year, local residents and visitors can get a glimpse of the latest addition to the capital’s skyline.
The eight-storey hotel, developed by The EDI Group for Carlton Hotel Collection at 6 Market Street on derelict land between Craig’s Close and City Arts Centre has been designed by jmarchitects.
Once open, guests to the hotel will be able to enjoy a top floor lounge with panoramic views across to the New Town from a specially-designed champagne bar roof terrace.
Lezley Marion Cameron, EDI Board Chair, said: “Since work commenced in 2016 there has been a lot of local interest in our progress.
“Now that the big crane is gone and the scaffolding has been removed, people can judge the results for themselves and really see, for the first time, a stunning design that complements the unique architecture of Edinburgh’s Old Town.”
The site had lain derelict for nearly five decades, and Rod Duncan, Director at jmarchitects, said the design is “truly respectful to its context” within the UNESCO World Heritage and Old Town Conservation Area.
He added: “We are delighted that the public can finally see what we have achieved in remarkable surroundings.”
Final finishing work on the interior is continuing with the hotel set to open early next year.