Developers who are hoping to transform a former court and jail in Edinburgh into a capsule hotel have been met with strong opposition from the local council.
Edinburgh-based Code, which already runs a hotel in the Scottish capital, want to turn the A-listed former district court and cells on the Royal Mile into its ‘highly popular’ pod hotel concept.
But councillors have described the idea as ‘abhorrent’, promising to object to any official plans put forward.
It is proposed that the majority of the existing Georgian building pattern will be kept with the original features and the character of the courthouse and cells exposed to create the hotel.
Code says that the accommodation will appeal to ‘responsible green travellers’ with young Chinese tourists high on the list of target markets.
Bill Cowan, of the Old Town Community Council, said that the plan was not suitable for such a ‘fine and prominent archetypal’ building.
Speaking to the Herald Scotland, he says: “It seems that far from a prestige hotel on the Royal Mile, what is envisioned here is another rabbit warren of a hostel.
“We admit that there are some disused buildings that it is hard to find a use for, and we dont totally disagree with sensitive development of small boutique hotels in some cases.
“This proposal we find abhorrent, and will strongly object.”
Andrew Landsburgh, of Code, which also has the Code Capsule Hotel off Rose Street, told Herald Scotland: “Our pod hotel concept is taking off and highly popular.
“We are expanding the successful brand with our second location in Edinburgh.
“This unique venue, in such an iconic Old Town location, will be a great boost to this expanding market particularly with overseas visitors.”