Gleneagles Townhouse – The famous The Gleneagles hotel, located in the Scottish countryside for more than 100 years and bought by the Ennismore group in 2015, opened its urban branch in Edinburgh in June 2022. Gleneagles / Photo press

In the New Town district, the hotel, which also houses a private club with a range of services reserved for its members, has become in a few months one of the very prominent places in the Scottish capital. We tested.

Gleneagles Townhouse

Category :

5 stars

Place :

United Kingdom

39 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD, United Kingdom

Price :
from 458 € / night – double room basis

The opinion of Le Figaro


Gleneagles is above all a reputable name, that of a hotel dating from 1924, a mansion that took place in a huge estate in Perthshire. Since June 2022, the new Gleneagles Townhouse has been thrilling the luxury hotel industry of the Scottish capital: both hotel and private club. In these places everything is done to reserve for its members a hospitality marked by confidentiality with exclusive access. This is the case for the Note Burning Room, a huge lounge with a view of St Andrew Square, reserved for members only. As for The Strong Rooms wellness center and the Lamplighters bar with rooftop, they are fortunately accessible to hotel guests. As for The Spence restaurant, open to all, it quickly becamethe place to befrom Edinburgh.

The situation


The hotel is located in the New Town area on St Andrew Square. This location in the heart of the city makes it the perfect resort for exploring the capital on foot. Strolling through the medieval old town and the new Georgian town, both listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites, will allow you to discover all the facets of the city, parks, art galleries, museums, shops…
Gleneagles Townhouse, 39 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD, UK. Such. : +44 131 322 3780. Member of The Leading Hotels of The World.

The decor


The neoclassical architecture of the two buildings is remarkable, revealing their prestigious past. They were the headquarters of the British Linen Bank from the 18th centurye century, then the Royal Bank of Scotland. Six Corinthian columns dress the facade of the most imposing building, topped with six huge statues, works in the 19th century.e century by Scottish sculptor Alexander Handyside Ritchie, depicting shipping, commerce, manufacturing, science, art and agriculture. Five years of work were needed to rehabilitate the historic buildings. It was the Ennismore Design Studio that imagined the new interior decoration which, without distorting the magnificence of the place, reinterprets Victorian codes in glamorous mode.
Lovers of velvet, upholstery and Art Deco touches, you won’t be disappointed: patterned wallpaper, Murano glass chandeliers, color palette declining to green, headboards dressed in floral fabrics, hangings in silky fabrics with ornate tiebacks fringed pompoms… And everywhere in the common areas, a hanging of contemporary works of art, signed by Scottish artists such as Lise McGurn, Jack McConville, Csilla Kozma and Donnie Maclean…

It was the Ennismore Design Studio that imagined the new interior decoration which, without distorting the magnificence of the place, reinterprets Victorian codes in glamorous mode. Gleneagles / Photo press

The rooms


The hotel has 33 rooms, from 26 m2 at 40m2. The “Nook Rooms”, located in the loft and therefore with sloping ceilings, have skylights with no real view but are as cozy as can be. For the view of St Andrew Square, choose the “Town Room” category. All rooms have hardwood floors adorned with soft rugs, ultra-comfortable Sleepeezee bedding. Homemade treats as a sign of welcome, books on the pedestal table and, placed on the bedside table, a Marshall brand speaker that plays jazz when you enter the room for the first time. A wooden bar cabinet includes a sharp selection (for a fee) of spirits (gin, whisky, vodka, etc.) but also a non-alcoholic offer such as Seedlip Grove 42. And of course, free coffee and tea. Special mention to the decoration of the bathrooms. We love the fir green tiling, the wallpaper signed by the publisher Brunschwig & Fils, available in the same tones with setters stopping in front of the waterfowl, the quality basins with traditional golden Perrin & Rowe fittings. Those who like the details will not remain indifferent to the night slippers… in green velvet!

Guided tour of Gleneagles Townhouse

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Service and equipment


All the staff are very attentive, warm and you can even talk in French. Do not miss going to the basement to visit the wellness area reserved for hotel guests and club members. Its imposing safe doors, authentic vestiges of the past, are worth the visit in themselves. And maybe you will be tempted by a Pilates class?

  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Handicap access
  • Restaurant

At the table and at the bar


The Spence (pantry in Scottish) is the heart of the hotel, open to all from breakfast until late in the evening. Its decor is remarkable: glass dome overlooking a huge room, monumental columns, frieze of sculptures of famous people. Here it has been revamped into a trendy place with upholstered velvet sofas, central bar and high chairs in orange leather, original floors in cement tile mosaic. And an open kitchen where the brigade of Scottish chef Jonny Wright is busy. Originally from Dunblane, he reinterprets his native land with a welcome breath of modernity: the dough for the squash tartlet is filo pastry (€21), the oysters come from Argyle Rock and are offered ceviche style with lemon and jalapeño pepper (€24), the perfectly steamed halibut comes from the island of Gigha (€34). Nice selection of biodynamic and natural wines offered by head sommelier Elizabeth Mellish.
We will not fail to visit the Lamplighters bar, located on the top floor of the hotel, reserved for club members and hotel guests only. It has a terrace at the level of the six statues of the building and offers a panoramic view of the city and beyond. Sofas upholstered in pink or duck blue velvet, leaf-patterned carpeting, and all around the bar counter where head bartender Stef Anderson officiates, leather armchairs with tulip-shaped seats. For a total harmony with the place, choose to sip the cocktail The Leerie (16 euros) in reference to the character of the poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Lamplighter.

The interior architecture of the Gleneagles Townhouse is worth a visit: glass dome overhanging a huge room with monumental columns and a frieze of sculptures of illustrious figures. Gleneagles / Photo press

Value for money


If the price remains high, from €406 per night (in low season until March), €458 from April, the breakfast included in this price is a delight of freshness, the decor arty and glamorous, and the location ideal for exploring the city on foot. If we can, we don’t hesitate, it’s really the hotel of the moment.