BECK Scotland has been appointed to deliver the fit-out, refurbishment and rebranding of the historic Grosvenor Hotel in Edinburgh. Located in the stylish West End of the city, the building dates from the 1860’s and was designed by renowned Scottish architect Robert Matheson.

Extensive works are being carried out to both the main hotel and townhouse buildings, which are considered of historic and archaeological significance. Works include restoring roofs and period facades.  Plus refurbishing all guestrooms, bathrooms, corridors, stairs, and public areas. The main building plays host to the hotel’s reception, bars and restaurant and will be fully fitted out with bespoke furniture and joinery.

The hotel currently has 184 keys, but after refurbishment, increases to 211 and 3 long stay apartments by cleverly using the former staff quarters and redundant floorspace. The interior design concept is befitting of the building’s heritage with dark hardwoods, brass accessories, wainscots panelling, natural stone tiling and countertops featured throughout.

“Securing this project marks another significant milestone in the growth of BECK in Scotland.”

Chris Galloway, Group CEO

The project sees BECK Scotland working with ChandlersKBS, Fletcher Joseph Architects, RSP Consulting Engineers, Will Rudd Davidson and Summers Inman.

The original site of the hotel is likely to have formed part of the lands associated with Coates House before the 18th century.  In the 1860’s, it was purchased by Robert Matheson who devised a plan for its development. These plans originally included Grosvenor Street, Lansdowne Crescent, Palmerston place, Rosebery Crescent, Clifton Terrace and Grosvenor Crescent.  However, once construction began, the scheme was reduced in scale.

In 1921, Thomas Elliott established the Grosvenor Hotel at 19 Grosvenor Street, which grew over the proceeding years, to incorporate the neighbouring properties.

Around 1930, Harold J Willis established the Claredon Hotel at 22 Grosvenor Street, which also expanded in the same way.  In 1996, the re-named ‘Clarendon Hotel’ was purchased by the Stakis Group, which then owned the Grosvenor Hotel.  The buildings on the west side of the street now operate as the ‘townhouse’ annex to the main building of the Grosvenor Hotel. Having changed hands several times, throughout its history, the hotel was purchased by the current owners in 2019.

Chris Galloway, Group CEO, says: “We are excited to be breathing new life into the historic Grosvenor Hotel, creating a lifestyle hotel in the heart of Edinburgh. Our experience in delivering hospitality projects is rivalled by few.  Securing this project marks another significant milestone in the growth of BECK in Scotland.

We are looking forward to collaborating with the professional team on the project whilst demonstrating our attention to detail and our approach to delivering a high-quality product and journey for our client.”



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