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Hotel Glasshouse Hotel 5 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Glasshouse is not short of praise and awards. Only a hint of the hotel's contemporary sleek lines and high windows are visible from behind the façade of the 150 year old Lady Glenorchy Church. One of a handful of 5 star residencies in Edinburgh, The Glasshouse feels particularly clean, modern and safe. A lovely uncluttered space away from home, practical but not particularly charming. Greeted by William, the hotel's friendly doorman who will readily give advice for anything you need to know about the city.

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      Glasshouse   -   © Alexis Bidegain/ Easypresse

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    Location 8.12 /10

    First impressions of the hotel's location are not excellent. Located on a busy roundabout next to a large cinema complex and opposite a huge department store, you can't help but wonder if you've landed on the wrong side of central. However, a quick walk around the corner and you'll find yourself at the heart of Edinburgh's shopping area, and just a short walk from most of the city's main attractions. What's more, the hotel literally backs on to the majestic Carlton Hill, and most guestrooms have direct access to the enormous roof garden, a calm oasis away from the busy street out front. The Glasshouse is a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh's main railway station (Waverly Station), from where direct airport buses also depart regularly throughout the day. There is a taxi rank directly outside the hotel, and guests are offered reduced rates at the local NPC car park (£18 for 24h).

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    Rooms are sleek and glossy, with plenty of natural light and the choice of a vast balcony at the front of the hotel, or direct access onto the green inner courtyard at the back. Laminate wooden flooring and the large slotted screens separating the bed from the seating areas in some of the rooms are nice touches. We especially liked the revolving TVs, meaning you can watch from bed or from the armchairs on the other side of the room. All rooms are decorated similarly but differ in floor space. The hotel's 18 suites have a whiskey theme in common, and guests are greeted with a bottle of the room's own special whiskey and a little card explaining its history! Guests staying in suites will also have a king size bed and a selection of complementary magazines at their disposal. Bathrooms are also slick and contemporary, with turquoise panels and large, walk-in showers. Whether or not your rooms backs on to the garden (only five rooms in the entire hotel have neither balcony nor direct garden access), you still have access to this space, and you can make the most of the comfy chairs that are dotted around.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The Glasshouse is a medium-sized hotel, somewhat corporate in style. The hotel's spacious rooms and contemporary design fill a gap in the Edinburgh market. Expect large beds, state-of-the-art gadgets and immense sliding glass doors, but ditch your ideas of romantic Scottish turrets and wide-open fires. The hotel has a large garden on the top floor, which is directly accessible from most of the rooms, and provides a lovely green space in the city centre and picture perfect views of Carlton Hill. Guests can make use of the lounge and honesty bar at any time, and complementary newspapers are provided here in the mornings. We particularly liked the business centre, located on the lofty and bright mezzanine above the reception. Although there is no gym inside the hotel, guests are invited to use the nearby Virgin gym at the reduced rate of £10/day.

    Food and drink

    The hotel does not have a restaurant but it does provide 24h room service, for which menus are available in the bedrooms. Look out for the hotel's fresh catch of the day, which is displayed in the lift! Breakfast is served 7.00am-10.30am Monday ? Friday, and 7.30am-11am at weekends.

    To know

    Opened in 2003, The Glasshouse is one of Edinburgh's newest hotels.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, sauna, spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

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