There is lots of new building going on in Edinburgh, and it has been lovely to see how much care is taken in some of the new builds to retain the historic aspects whilst also modernising and making the spaces more fit for purpose and also more sustainable for the 21st century.
I was invited to last night's opening of The Lantern Room and the Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh which demonstrated an homage to the historic in lovely new spaces. In particular, 3 Baxter Place was the residence of Robert Stevenson (Robert Lewis Stevenson's grandfather) and the new businesses embrace his legacy of designing historic lighthouses. 3 Baxter Place is the entrance to the lovely Lantern Room bar and restaurant spaces and the 1 Baxter Place entrance has the hotel feel for guests there. Outside there is also an all-year terrace that apparently catches the afternoon sun.
The bar is well stocked and the bar and restaurant spaces are tastefully decorated, bringing in the nautical and lighthouse themes. The canapés and champagne were delicious, and I particularly enjoyed that Harviouston Brewery led a beer sampling and cheese pairing. The Broken Dial beer worked very well with Parmesan, and I was particularly impressed by the perfect pairing of Old Engine Oil black ale with the sharp Isle of Mull vintage-aged cheddar. Lovely!
I enjoyed a tour of the hotel, especially seeing the front rooms with beautiful tall ceilings. The rooms in the back of the hotel had nice views looking up at Carlton Hill, and some of the king rooms had great private balconies. It was a fun evening and great to learn about Robert Stevenson and how these new businesses had incorporated the history into the beautiful new spaces.