Rosewood submits plan to open new £75m Edinburgh boutique


Rosewood is to open a new boutique hotel inside one of Edinburgh’s most historic buildings, the former Royal High School on the city’s Calton Hill.

Plans for a new £75m five-star luxury hotel under the Rosewood name have now been unveiled, which show the original A-listed building would remain as it is, while glass galleries would lead guests to their rooms on the terraces.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, whose growing collection of luxury properties including Rosewood London and Rosewood Beijing, expect the project to be complete sometime in 2018.

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When finished, Rosewood Edinburgh would consist of 147 bedrooms, three restaurants, a Senses Spa, fitness centre and indoor swimming pool.

The former Royal High School was first built in 1829 by architect Thomas Hamliton and initially served as a private boys’ school. The neoclassical building however, has been vacant since 1968 when the school moved to Barnton.

Now Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins has been tasked with the transforming the iconic building into a new luxury hotel.

The plans are now with Edinburgh City Council and if given the go ahead, work will begin on the site in January 2016.