Direct China Flight
Scotland has become connected with China for the first time as a result of a direct flight between Beijing and Edinburgh. Launched in June 2018, Hainan Airlines now runs direct return flights between Edinburgh and Beijing twice weekly. In recent years, numerous hotels, venues and visitor attractions across the city have come together to learn how best to meet the needs of Chinese visitors. This, combined with the recent direct flight launch, ensures Edinburgh is very well positioned to welcome more and more Chinese groups.
The Edinburgh Grand is a 5* aparthotel which opened its doors in June 2018. Located on St Andrew Square, it’s a capital landmark, formerly Headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland, which has been transformed into 50 individually designed and fully equipped luxury apartments. The Edinburgh Grand offers meeting spaces, a restaurant, bar, coffeehouse and striking views of the city from the Penthouse Suite.
The very first event at The Edinburgh Grand was held by Convention Edinburgh on Thursday 7 June – less than one week after the formal opening of the hotel. Read more about the event here.
The Grand Café at The Scotsman is set within The Scotsman’s former advertising hall, one of the most magnificent Old Town venues. The café, which opened in June, seats 150 covers across its spectacular ground floor and balcony, which is filled with light, character and period features dating back to 1905.
The Grand Café brings the buzz of a vibrant modern café bar during the day before transforming into the perfect late night dining spot, with live piano music played on the balcony by an in-house pianist taking requests into the small hours.
The Bonham, situated in an elegant Victorian terrace in the West End of Edinburgh, is a 19th century town house hotel with an illustrious past. Set over three townhouses, the building was originally individual residences in the late 1800’s. By 1939, the three houses collectively became a medical clinic, before student accommodation in 1951.
A hotel since 1998, it has recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment. The 4* hotel boasts 49 bedrooms, each featuring high ceilings, period details and floor to ceiling windows, as well as meeting rooms.
“The Bonham has claimed the hearts of so many of our guests who return time and time again and this multi-million-pound refurbishment has seen our already stunning hotel transformed into a truly sophisticated property.” – Douglas Campbell, General Manager at the Bonham Hotel.
Ten Hill Place hotel, located in the city’s Old Town, has recently completed a major £8.5million expansion. The 4* hotel is owned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, with all profits from the hotel used for advancing surgical standards worldwide to improve patient outcomes. Operated by the college’s commercial arm, Surgeons Quarter, the hotel now offers 129 rooms; a 70% increase following record occupancy numbers.
Scott Mitchell, Commercial Director of RCSEd, said: “The tireless and inspiring work of the team involved with Ten Hill Place has given us this great opportunity to grow. In turn, our expansion will give us a greater platform to generate the profits that go directly towards improving lives for surgical patients all around the world – including those in areas of conflict and extreme poverty.”