Crowne Plaza Edinburgh refurbishment takes cues from traditional Scottish elements

The redesign maximizes the use of indoor and outdoor space with new layouts and special features that respect the heritage of the property. Photo credit: LXA (Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace to undergo £3M refurbishment by LXA)

The Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace in Edinburgh, Scotland, started a £3 million refurbishment. The work will be staged to allow the hotel to remain open throughout, with the refurbishment to be unveiled in August. 

LXA's scope of work covers the design and operational upgrade of the entire hotel, including restaurants, lobbies, lounges, guestrooms and a landscaped terrace. The property first opened 80 years ago.

The redesign concept includes traditional Scottish elements with a modern twist. The design firm is maximizing the use of indoor and outdoor space with new layouts and special features that respect the heritage of the property.

The investment is part of a five-month modernization project that will revamp the five-story hotel located at Royal Terrace. The property was previously known as Whisky Row and was home to a number of high-profile Edinburgh residents, including John Crabbie (1806 – 1891), founder of Crabbie's beverage company.

The reception area and lounge will embody a Scottish woodland theme.  

A major feature of the refurbishment will be the new Whisky and Cigar lounge, which will have a custom-built outdoor space with topiary, backing onto the terrace in its hidden gardens.

The restaurant will be transformed with a new layout, garden design, beehive styling and a new menu. The design of the restaurant will be inspired by the gardens located at the back of the hotel. The glass doors will pull back to allow access to the patio areas.

Conference and events facilities also will be refurbished.