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Hampton by Hilton take possession of Fountainbridge hotel

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October 26 2017

Hampton by Hilton take possession of Fountainbridge hotel
Hampton by Hilton hotels have taken possession of a 228-bed venue in the west end of Edinburgh, its first to be built in the city.

ICA Architects were brought on board to extend and amend an existing 2013 consent by improving floor plan efficiency to eke out additional bedrooms.

The hotel lies at the junction between Fountainbridge and Melvin Walk, a short hop from Haymarket Station, and forms part of a wider regeneration of the former industrial area.

Paul Wood, general manager, Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh West End, commented: “Edinburgh is one of the busiest conference destinations in the UK and is second only to London for attracting international tourist visitors, so we look forward to providing a warm welcome and stay for guests as they explore the charms of Scotland’s capital city.”

A range of facilities have been included in the build such as meeting rooms, a fitness suite and a separate coffee shop.

Hampton by Hilton are currently progressing other new hotels in Dundee and Glasgow.

Photography by Paul Zanre

3 Comments

Matt
#1 Posted by Matt on 26 Oct 2017 at 13:55 PM
It’s quite unbelievable that a building of such reductive banality can be consented next to Pilkington’s fantastically gothic (and slightly mad) tenement at Grove St…the only building left in area with an ounce of personality.

Fountainbridge is fast becoming a vacuous brick clad ghetto akin to a crap airport business park from the eighties….as reflected in ‘Hampton’ signage..by Hilton, of course.
MV
#2 Posted by MV on 26 Oct 2017 at 23:01 PM
The problem(s) with hotels, particularly the budget to 3 Star brands, is the repetitiveness of windows, the low construction budget and the lack of a genuine reason to have a depth to the facade. The external “design” becomes pattern making (questionable pattern making or otherwise).

But this is Edinburgh, the city that’s always “only second to London” . Budget brands can command higher room rates here, as well as higher occupancy rates all through the year. CEC could have, and should have, demanded a higher quality of design - because the project could have afforded it and it would have given the architect a much better opportunity to create something that had the depth and quality befitting Edinburgh.

That being said... I’m not sure they could have done anything about the ugly 80’s Hampton “motel” sign...
lm
#3 Posted by lm on 27 Oct 2017 at 16:58 PM
Just Ok. Nothing to be proud of. ICA could have done better. I totally agree with MV we need to build better building especially in Edinburgh. It's really important in the long term development of the city and life in general. We can't just build cheaper hotels, I think people would pay extra for something special....I would certainly

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