Plans have been unveiled for a new luxury floating boutique hotel in Edinburgh by the Royal Yacht Britannia.
If given the go ahead, the proposal would see MV Fingal, which is permanently berthed at the Prince of Wales Dock in Leith, converted into a 23-bedroom hotel with an investment of £3.5m by Royal Yacht Britannia’s trading company, Royal Yacht Enterprises.
The ‘boatique’ hotel would be transformed to provide a number of bedroom suites, cabins with private balconies, duplex apartments and a presidential suite. It would be expected to open in Easter 2018.
The hotel concept has been created by the Pedley Group, a new company formed by Alan Pedley and Stephen Flanagan and if approved by councillors, the project will help generate an income stream for the Royal Yacht and secure its long-term future.
The Royal Yacht Britannia, berthed at Ocean Terminal in Leith, attracted a record 350,000 visitors last year and has been named as Scotland’s Best Attraction for the last 11 years running by VisitScotland.
Britannia’s chief executive Bob Downie said: “Having excelled in the visitor attraction market for nearly 20 years, we are very much looking forward to the challenges of operating in the luxury hotel market and the benefits it will generate for Britannia over the years to come.”
Peter Lederer, former Chairman of the Gleneagles Hotel said: “This new ‘boatique’ hotel has the potential to be the best hotel experience in Edinburgh and given the quality of the Britannia experience, I am really looking forward to seeing a new benchmark in Scotland.”