The Old & The New
Known as ‘the gateway between the old and new town’, The Scotsman cuts an imposing figure as it rests at the top of North Bridge. One of the highest resident points in the city, it offers truly unrivalled views of the Castle, Princes Street Gardens, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Calton Hill and the bustling Waverley Station.
In the 1900s the North Bridge running between the New and Old Towns of Edinburgh was widened and as part of this expansion a 190 foot high tower was built, into which the Scotsman Newspaper moved their offices.
The direct access from Market Street to the building was an ideal distribution outlet for the papers to be packed directly onto the trains at Waverley Station straight from the printing house that took up the entire basement. Across the middle floors of the building which is now home to some of the Scotsman’s boutique rooms and suites were originally used for the editorial offices. The Penthouse Suite – split over two floors – complete with its own Sauna used to be the Pigeon lofts where the news was circulated across Scotland.
In 2001 the Newspaper moved to their own purpose built offices in Holyrood and the iconic building on North Street was renovated into The Scotsman Hotel.
Looking around the hotel, many of the original features remain, ensuring the building remains one of the iconic landmarks within the capital city. Wood paneled rooms and original turrets maintain their romance. The Marble staircase, now the centre of the hotel, retains its imposing stained glass window and glows magnificently by candle light each evening.
Now with 58 rooms and 14 suites the hotel retained its originality and quirky features and this, along with the high quality star service we endeavor to deliver offers visitors a unique experience.
The following attractions & services are all within immediate walking distance from the hotel, making it an ideal base from which to begin your adventure.