Edinburgh City Travel Inn is a budget hotel or travel lodge located to the south of Haymarket, west of Edinburgh's business zone.
Edinburgh Travel Inn - Description
The City Travel Inn is built on the edge of a former railway goods yard that has been developed mostly as The Exchange by Farrell & Partners; the north-west section has been partly developed as housing with the remaining section subject to proposals such as the Scottish Architecture Centre (AR Competition won by Narud Stokke Wiig, Norway) and latterly EDI's Haymarket project led by Reiach and Hall Architects.
Edinburgh City Travel Inn was developed in two phases: the latest - and most interesting - is to the south and features contrasting black granite base and beige sandstone cladding. The Edinburgh Travel Inn Phase 2 is much slicker than the rather pedestrian northern phase and has a finely-detailed glass roof 'box'.
Scottish Travel Lodge - photo : Steffen Schefer
Andrew Doolan was famously photographed standing next to this 'box' against a blue sky. Inside the Edinburgh City Travel Inn the balustrading is simply detailed and the 'atrium' is colourfully lit, each floor having a different colour.
This picks up on the Flavin-inspired lighting of Andrew Doolan's earlier Point Hotel project, carried through to the Point Conference Centre facade's vivid patchwork of colours.
The £12m Edinburgh Travel Inn location tends to make it not so popular as The Point Hotel for architects' events but once the adjacent Haymarket site is developed we may start to read it as integral to Edinburgh city centre.