The Vibe: Style and substance.
The Area: Across the street from Waverley station, at the point where Edinburgh’s historic Old Town meets the New Town.
The DNA: Set behind a striking façade of Scottish stone, Market Street Hotel emerges as a cultural gateway to both the city’s storied past and its pulse-quickening present. Outside, the modern hotel honors the age-old architectural diversity of the city without slipping into imitation with locally-sourced white stone cladding mirroring the tone of Edinburgh’s Craigleith sandstone, and striking whinstone recesses nod to both the city’s weathered slate roofs and the dark, shadowy slots of the medieval “closes”. Inside, Cracked, earthen walls are juxtaposed against the clean, minimalist lines of contemporary furnishings, and unexpected bursts of traditional tartans and heritage fabrics provide an experiential element to the hotel’s aesthetic.
Suite-Me-Up: A modern take on Baronial materiality and composition provides the inspiration behind the rooms and suites. Organic, natural materials such as oak and locally-sourced stone provide a tactile canvas for modern design classics from the likes of Fritz Hansen and Saint Luc, alongside custom-made furniture and handcrafted local pieces. Charming wooden shutters are inspired by the traditional window fixtures of the Old Town and create a warm, homely atmosphere, which is further encouraged by the use of fabric wallpaper and soft woolen accents. Bathrooms have been designed as stylish anterooms, outfitted in luxurious marble and featuring solid stone basins with rainfall showers by Via Bizzuno. The bathroom in the hotel’s signature Alba Suite adjoins a spacious dressing room, whereby a pair of double doors lead guests through to the master bedroom and stunning city views beyond.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 98 rooms & suites (19-45m2) (205-484 sq ft) • hotel opened: August 2019 • architecture: jmarchitects • interior design: FG Stijl • bathroom amenities: Votary • parking possible nearby (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible