New and Upcoming Developments

Published: 23 August 2019

Edinburgh is a city where investment in development is thriving with many hotly anticipated hotels, venues and services in the pipeline.

Edinburgh boasts a picturesque combination of historic and modern buildings across the UNESCO World Heritage site of the New Town and Old Town. It attracts more than four million visitors every year keen to explore its history, rich cultural offering and stunning views. Investment into the development of the city is blossoming, with new hotels and venues popping up around Edinburgh. Take a look at some of the newest and most hotly anticipated projects in the pipeline below.

New Developments

The Scottish Café and Restaurant

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The award winning Scottish Cafe & Restaurant re-opened in August having undergone a full refurbishment and continues to celebrate seasonal, local food in a modern space beneath the Scottish National Gallery at The Mound in Edinburgh. This venue offers a truly unique setting and is the only restaurant in Edinburgh to be situated right in the heart of Princes Street Gardens.

Find out more about The Scottish Café and Restaurant here.

Market Street Hotel


The 4 star hotel is built on the edge of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town next to the City Art Centre, opposite Waverley Train Station. It features 98 urban boutique style rooms & suites and boasts a rooftop Champagne 'residence' with panoramic views, designed to leave a lasting impression.

Find out more about Market Street Hotel here.

YOTEL Edinburgh

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YOTEL opened late July on Queen Street in Edinburgh's New Town. Boasting 280 ‘cabins’ that feature YOTEL's signature luxury bedding, rejuvenating rain showers, relaxing mood lights and smart TVs, including Imaginex - a state-of-the-art, 360-degree projection space providing a unique opportunity for film screenings, social events, product launches and meetings. The hotel is ideally located for delegates attending conferences at city centre venues and for key transport hubs.

Find out more about YOTEL Edinburgh here.

Upcoming Developments

W Hotel Edinburgh

New Developments

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Opening in 2021 in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, this state-of-the-art, iconic hotel is set to reinvigorate the city’s traditional hospitality scene. Designed by award-winning architecture and interior design practice Jestico & Whiles, in conjunction with Allan Murray Architects, the 12-story building will become a centerpiece of the Edinburgh St James Quarter, featuring a unique façade crafted from a winding steel ‘ribbon’.

The hotel will boast 214 stylish bedrooms, 20 suites and one Extreme Wow Suite, including a buzzing rooftop bar and outdoor terrace, complemented with 360-degree panoramic views of Edinburgh’s historic skyline.

An ideal venue for events, W Edinburgh will provide 2,450 square feet of ultra-modern event space. Other areas will include a signature restaurant, an ultimate workout facility and spa offering signature health and lifestyle experiences.

Edinburgh St James

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Set to be a world renowned, retail-led destination of the future, Edinburgh St James will house world-class retail, leisure, residential offers and the W Hotel. The project is estimated to inject over £1 billion of investment into the city becoming an inspiring, attractive and vibrant destination for people to live, work and visit.

The ultramodern shopping centre recently signed four brands from the global retail group, Inditex, to form part of the world-class 1.7m sq ft development. Zara will take on a flagship 37,000 sq ft store over three floors at Edinburgh St James, while Bershka, Stradivarius and Pull&Bear will all have stores located within the main multilevel shopping galleria.

Virgin Hotel

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The UK's first Virgin Hotel is set to open in 2021 and will take over the 19th-century India Buildings, on Victoria Street in the Old Town. The hotel will be home to multiple bars and restaurants, including one of the brand's flagship Commons Clubs.

The 5 star hotel will boast 225-rooms that will include a sleeping area and dressing room separated by sliding doors and will all be fitted with tech-savvy features, including an app that enables guests to live chat with the concierge and other guests.


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