First look inside 'Walnut Whip' hotel as it opens for bookings

The distinctive hotel next to the St James Quarter spans 12 floors, has 199 rooms and 45 suites.

The luxury hotel which made its mark by changing Edinburgh’s skyline has opened to the public.

The W Hotel, which is located next to the refurbished St James Quarter, announced that it is now taking bookings for the group’s first location in Scotland.

Lobby

The distinctive hotel, which has split the opinion of locals over its ‘walnut whip’ design, stretches over 12 floors and has a 360 view of Edinburgh from the rooftop.

As well as its 199 rooms and 45 suites, the W Hotel is home to the country’s first Sushisamba restaurant alongside the W Lounge, and a Brazilian-inspired speakeasy named João’s Place.

Joao’s Place

The W Hotel also boasts events spaces including the professional-grade recording studio which hopes to empower musicians and podcasters to create and record while being inspired by the capital.

George Fleck, vice president and global brand leader, W Hotels said: “Our bold approach to luxury hospitality, complemented by culture-driven programming and cutting-edge design will surely infuse the city with a playful, yet refined ambiance. W Edinburgh invites locals and global travellers alike to explore the city through the brand’s distinct lens.

“The unveiling of W Edinburgh not only signifies our exciting entry into Scotland but it also proudly marks our second property and continued expansion in the United Kingdom.”

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