A £30m renovation project has seen the former home of Scotland’s most celebrated engineer transformed into a themed hotel paying homage to the icon.
The townhouse of Robert Stevenson in Baxter’s Place in Edinburgh has been converted into a Courtyard Marriott Hotel with a theme inspired by the engineer and lighthouse designer.
A new bust of Stevenson has been unveiled at the hotel, which has been visited by Stevenson’s descendants.
The property also pays homage to the building’s heritage and former owner through images, technical drawings and maps in every room.
The Courtyard Marriott brand has been created to ‘enable ambitious travelers to succeed through an environment that inspires creativity and fosters connections’ and currently spans over 1,000 locations worldwide.
Douglas Winfield, the general manager of Courtyard Edinburgh, said: “The redevelopment of the three Georgian townhouses that form the front of the hotel has been enormously respectful of the building’s past and we’ve worked very closely with the Northern Lighthouse Board and local historians to ensure we capture the pioneering spirit that Robert Stevenson represents.
“The centrepiece is the new bust of Robert Stevenson and we were delighted that his direct descendants were here as it went on show for the first time.
“It has been made locally by sculptor Clare Flatley and is a copy of one that belongs to the family today, so a real talking point for guests as they arrive at the hotel.”