Virgin announces first UK hotel

Virgin Hotels has announced plans to open its first property outside North America, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Expected to open in 2020, the development will be located in the India Buildings at 1-6 Victoria Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town. The space will feature 225 Chambers and Grand Chamber Suites; multiple dining and drinking outlets – including the brand’s flagship Commons Club – as well as numerous meeting spaces.

“Edinburgh is such an iconic city and we’re thrilled to be able to say it will be the home of the first Virgin Hotel in the UK and across Europe,” said Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group. “My grandparents were from Edinburgh and my wife Joan is also Scottish, so the country has always held a special place in my heart. The people of Edinburgh have been so great in welcoming us to their great city; we can’t wait to open our doors to people across the country and, indeed, the world.”

In re-envisioning the building, the design team will work to preserve its notable elements while adding a sense of style and sophistication, offering a combination of old and new. Virgin Hotels Edinburgh will be completed in partnership with owner Flemyn and developer Jansons Property, managed by Virgin Hotels, and asset managed by Siggis Capital.

“Edinburgh has so much to offer, as a top travel destination in the UK and internationally, it’s an ideal location for our next hotel,” said Virgin Hotels CEO Raul Leal. “This project, from an award-winning hotel brand such as Virgin Hotels, will further highlight the city’s eclectic style while remaining true to its historic heritage, all while offering guests and locals alike an experience like no other.”