£18m four-star Novotel Edinburgh Centre, Lauriston Place has opened. Designed by architects Crerar & Partners it is French group Accor's first new-build UK four-star hotel. It contains 180 rooms, two penthouse suites, 120 seat restaurant & bar, pool, gym, sauna & steam room.
Previous Novotel Edinburgh image released earlier in 2003: image supplied by Crerar & Partners
Novotel Edinburgh is located near Tollcross on the east edge of Edinburgh's financial district and in walking distance to the south of the Old Town. Just to the east of the hotel is Edinburgh College of Art and The Grassmarket with its cafes and bars is less than five minutes walk into town. Novotel has only one other hotel in Scotland but the Edinburgh Novotel Centre is part of a new generation of 25 Novotels across the UK.
Edinburgh Hotel image by Crerar & Partners
The Cockburn Association claimed the Novotel Edinburgh hotel's design was "dull" and the city had missed an opportunity to get a "top-quality" development on the site.
Novotel Edinburgh Centre: image by Crerar & Partners
Novotel Edinburgh - Description
The hotel has a health club, swimming pool, leisure suite, sauna, meeting rooms, 100-seater restaurant and a bar on the corner of Lady Lawson Street and Lauriston Place. Novotel Edinburgh was built on the site of the former Tap O’Lauriston, a punk rockers’ pub which was forced to close to make way for the development and a former Inland Revenue office.
Novotel Edinburgh are looking to attract business & leisure customers at a upper mid-market price range. Scottish and Newcastle is opening a Premier Lodge with at least 100 bedrooms close by Novotel Edinburgh. Buildings close by include Renaissance House, a £14m office development on Lady Lawson Street by the Cuckfield Group and the Quartermile development, the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary; to the west of the Novotel hotel is Princes Exchange and The Exchange financial district.
Lady Lawson Street Novotel Edinburgh Centre: image from Crerar & Partners
£15 m luxury 180-bedroom Novotel Edinburgh on corner of Lady Lawson Street and Lauriston Place, opposite Edinburgh School of Art, by Crerar & Partners: Heritage watchdogs branded the Novotel Edinburgh hotel design dull and claim Edinburgh missed an opportunity to get a quality development on the site. Martin Hulse, director of the Cockburn Association heritage watchdog, said: 'The nearby new office should be a benchmark for what can be achieved in the area, but I'm afraid Novotel Edinburgh looks a bit dull. There were no constraints over what could have been achieved, but an opportunity for a top quality hotel design has been lost here'.
Adjacent to Novotel and is another recently-constructed hotel, Premier Travel Lodge. Just to north of Novotel Edinburgh is the Lady Lawson St project: Unite Student Housing
The gap site behind and beyond the Lady Lawson St tenement is in a state of flux: Planning Consent for an office development of 42,000 sqft, Renaissance House, was previously granted; more recently however, Planning Permission was granted for Unite’s Student accommodation proposals and this development - designed by Douglas Forrest Acanthus Architects - is incorporated into the submitted drawings.