Jumeirah rumored to build six-star hotel in Edinburgh

Scotsman.com is reporting that Scotland might get its first six-star hotel in Edinburgh after a series of setbacks to the development in Glasgow’s international financial services district.

Guy Crawford, head of Jumeirah, the luxury operator due to run the super-deluxe property, reportedly said that the Dubai-based group remains interested in setting up in either in Edinburgh or Glasgow following the collapse this summer of project developer BLN Property Developments.

Jumeirah would have operated the Glasgow hotel, rather than owning it outright, which the site notes would have left the group with little upfront investment in the "struggling venture" on the corner of Argyle and Robertson Street. Scots-born Crawford said it was “always a great pity” when plans such as the $194 million waterfront project fail to come to fruition. The glass-fronted tower would have had 160 rooms, 85 serviced apartments and the country’s largest ballroom, plus various other leisure and dining facilities.

The project required a compulsory purchase order that was being opposed by some local business owners. The appeal was still in progress when developer BLN went into administration in June of this year.

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