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Historic University Hotel’s £4.6m Makeover Now Complete

A major refurbishment to modernise and refresh one of The University of Edinburgh’s hotels is now complete. Located within the peaceful landscaped grounds adjoining Holyrood Park, the 108-room Salisbury Green Hotel and Bistro has undergone a £4.6m renovation over the last year – with the final phase of the makeover within its Mansion House now finished.

The collection of 36 en-suite twin, double and single bedrooms within Mansion House now boast brand new mattresses and furnishings, while the decor retains the original character of the 18th century building.

Next door, in the contemporary part of the hotel, the other 72 bedrooms underwent a huge refurbishment in 2018, now offering guests top of the range Elite mattresses, new fitted bathrooms with Arran Aromatics toiletries as well as a contemporary lounge and bistro area downstairs.

Salisbury Green Hotel and Bistro is owned by the University, and operated by Accommodation Catering and Events under their commercial brand Edinburgh First.

“This marks the end of an intensive period of renovation at Salisbury Green Hotel and Bistro and we don’t think there will be any disappointment among our guests. We’ve worked very hard to ensure the accommodation and service matches its superb location in the City.We have the best of both on offer – there’s rooms that appeal to all kinds of visitors, whether you’re looking for something modern or more traditional.”

Lyndsay WilkieDirector of Business Development

Mansion House was originally built in the 1750s for an Edinburgh merchant named Alexander Scott. The supporting walls of this house are still encased within the existing building.

In its long history it has belonged to the Dick family of Prestonfield House and Edinburgh publisher William Nelson before being purchased by Sir Donald Pollock – after whom the University’s main halls of residence is named – in the early 1940s.

From then it became a residence for students of the University of Edinburgh until 2006 when it was converted to a hotel and conference centre.

Along with a new and improved interior, Salisbury Green Hotel & Bistro now boasts access to 18 electric vehicle charging points, including a Tesla Destination Charger.

Breakfast is served in the Bistro, where guests can enjoy fantastic Scottish produce including Stornoway black pudding from Charles Macleod Butcher, Hornigs haggis from West Calder and smoked back bacon from Stobbs farm in Gorebridge.

In the newly refurbished rooms, there are TVs with Freeview, free wi-fi, desks and a selection of premium ground cafetière coffee and award-winning Novus tea.

Edinburgh First operates one other hotel in Edinburgh, KM Central as well as self-catering city apartments on Richmond Place.

Visit the website for more information and to see more pictures of the newly refurbished hotel!