First ‘boatique’ hotel to launch in Edinburgh

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The Royal Yacht Britannia has acquired the iconic heritage vessel, MV Windsor Castle, with plans in place to convert the ship into a luxury hotel.

With a near £1m investment, the classic ship will be transformed into a 25-bedroom ‘boatique’ hotel and berthed permanently in the Edinburgh port of Leith.

The ship is scheduled to arrive in Leith during the week of 25 August, and will undergo an 18-month conversion before opening in spring 2016. It will be located adjacent to The Royal Yacht Britannia, which has officially been Scotland’s best visitor attraction for the last nine years and the UK’s No.1 attraction on TripAdvisor.

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Britannia’s chief executive Bob Downie said: “After many years of searching for the right ship, we are delighted that we have been able to acquire this iconic vessel and look forward to opening Scotland’s first boatique hotel. As a youngster growing up in Oban I have very fond memories of seeing the Fingal and I am delighted that the long-term future of another much loved classic vessel has been secured.”

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