Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

Edinburgh

Reworking the grand Victorian setting of the Carlton into a core Hilton


Type

Hilton Hotels & Resorts


Client

Amaris Hospitality


Status

Completed

Appointed by Amaris as architects and interior designers, our redesign of the Carlton Hotel on North Bridge in Edinburgh included its rebranding.

We successfully negotiated with the planning department to introduce a trio of brass entrance canopies along North Bridge — increasing the hotel's street presence on the important thoroughfare. Inside, we worked hard to find ways that would increase bedroom capacity within the hotel, converting redundant back of house areas into guest rooms. As well as the 27 additional bedrooms, all 189 existing bedrooms and en-suites, along with the public areas were fully refurbished to an exacting standard.

The building was originally constructed in 1898 and used as a department store, before being turned into a hotel. The décor of our interiors throughout is inspired by the building's history — subtly telling the story of the Carlton's previous life as a haberdashery and department store. Specially commissioned artwork located behind the reception desks, bespoke light fittings and a clever overhaul of the imposing staircase combine in the lobby to create a dramatic sense of arrival which sets the tone for the rest of this unique hotel. The bar and restaurant — a branded Marco Pierre White Steakhouse — were completely reconfigured to improve the flow of people through the space and create more intimate settings — creating a destination feel.

Specially commissioned artwork, bespoke light fittings and a clever overhaul of the imposing staircase combine in the lobby to create a dramatic sense of arrival which sets the tone for the rest of this unique hotel.


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Utilising redundant back of house spaces, we found ways to increase the bedroom capacity — altogether an additional 27 guest rooms were added to the hotel.


A big, glossy and well-situated city-centre hotel. From the shining marble lobby decorated in shades of expensive oatmeal to the comfortable, attractively functional bedrooms, through to the celebrity chef restaurant, this is pure Hilton all over.

Linda Macdonald

The Telegraph

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