Marriott has a newly affiliated Autograph Collection hotel in Edinburgh called the Glasshouse hotel. This hotel has been open for more than 10 years, but went through refurbishment this past spring and joined Marriott in mid-June.
The reception are of this hotel is located in an old building that used to be a church. The rooms/suites are on the top floor of the adjacent building that houses restaurants and a cinema. This is a relatively small hotel, as it only has total of 65 rooms/suites.
The hotel is on the New Town side of the Edinburgh and within a walking distance from the train station, if you are traveling light. It is next to a theater and quite a few bars/restaurants.
As I pointed out above, it is part of restaurant/cinema complex housing the upper floor of the building. There are no huge signs outside of the hotels, but is not difficult to find.
There was some confusion at the time of check in, whether the hotel was part of the Marriott or not by the person checking me in. I do understand this, as the hotel had joined the Marriott’s Autograph Collection just the previous week and I must have been one of the very first Marriott Rewards Platinum members checking in to the hotel.
I was upgraded to a nice Studio Suite, but was not presented with the Platinum welcome amenity that I wrote about the other week. At the time of check out, I collected the $100 compensation for this (read more about this here).
Talisker Studio Suite 47
First, when you enter the floor, you see these “alien” type floor lamps that could be from the X-Files series of the 1990’s.
The Talisker Studio suite (all the suites are named after Scotch whiskies) 47 was a very nice.
It came with a huge balcony that you could see from the street down as well.
All the suites come with a small decanter of complimentary scotch.
The bathroom was fairly usual, but came with the bidet that is not common the UK (Scotland).
The room had been refreshed recently and, when I entered the suite, there was a technician working with some electric outlets.
The minibar set up was one of the better ones that I had seen for a while.
Housekeeping brought a box of chocolates with the turndown service.
This hotel has a 2 acre roof garden and some of the rooms open to this area (little privacy unless curtains closed).
There are areas to sit down.
And then there is a banquet hall that resembles bit of a winter garden.
Snug & Honesty Bar
There is no club lounge at this hotel, but they have nice Snug area with self service Honesty (not Honor) bar.
The prices at the Honesty bar were not bad, but not sure about tracking the consumption (likely they have some security cameras zoomed in this area).
The breakfast was served in a breakfast room and included a small buffet.
You could order items from the menu as well.
The eggs benedict that I ordered with smoked salmon instead of bacon and with the sauce on the side was prepared correctly.
I am not sure, what the Platinum breakfast benefit at this property is, as my rate included full breakfast. If we go by the minimum of the Marriott T&C’s, it would be the buffet without the menu items.
At the time of check out, they had the Platinum amenity cards available that I was not presented at the time of check in. I had a chat with the General Manager of the hotel that rectified the problem without any fuss.
This was a very nice and very un-Marriott style hotel in a positive way. Quite a few of my friends ridicule Marriott’s due to them being boring and left in the 1980’s/1990’s, but these Autograph Collection seem to be very contradictory to this, as my recent stay at other Autograph Collection hotel The Stones in Bali (read my review here) proved as well.
The location of the hotel is perfect to explore the Edinburgh’s historic down center (or centre in the UK) and the more modern side.
Marriott has assigned an award category 7 for this property that I think is an overkill, but the regular rates are high’ish too.