Planning a summer trip to Scotland? In Edinburgh, The Glasshouse— acquired by YTL Hotels in 2016— has just emerged from a renovation. Housed inside the former Lady Glenorchy Church, this boutique hotel has a storied, 230-year history. As part of the makeover, all 77 guest rooms were refreshed, along with the public spaces (including the bright reception area). Attention was paid to preserve the historic features of the property, while adding contemporary conveniences. All rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows which frame panoramic views of Edinburgh.
A hotel highlight is the aptly named “Snug” lounge, where guests can relax with a cocktail, or choose from one of the 100 exclusive whiskies stocked at the bar, next to the open fire. Another stand-out feature is the secret rooftop terrace beneath Calton Hill. Encompassing two acres, the rooftop is a favorite venue for weddings and private events overlooking Edinburgh. The renovation project also added new event space within the church façade.
YTL Hotels— the Malaysia-based luxury hospitality brand behind Gaya Island and Gainsborough Bath Spa— has been expanding its portfolio of UK hotels, with flagships in Edinburgh, Bath, London and Bray, where the Monkey Island Estate recently debuted a makeover by New York-based Champalimaud Design. In the heart of Bloomsbury, The Academy also unveiled a big renovation this spring. YTL Hotels has a partnership with Marriott, in that its portfolio encompasses the ownership management of Marriott properties (like the Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui.) Note that The Glasshouse is part of the Autograph Collection.