Press Room

Scotland's First Design Hotel

One of the city's most anticipated hotel openings and thought-provoking architecture projects, located in Edinburgh's famous Old Town.


National Hotels of the Year Scotland


Market Street hotel is celebrating an incredible three wins at the National Hotels of the Year Scotland Awards, which were hosted on Sunday the 29th of October 2023. The Awards recognise and reward hospitality excellence in Scotland. Member hotels are very carefully assessed throughout the year by industry specialists through a series of research and judging visits. We are thrilled to be the National Winners of the Design Hotel of the Year, Lounge Bar of the Year, and Front of House Team of the Year.

The Telegraph

Rated 9/10

"It’s sleek, it’s sensuously simple, it’s downright sexy. No cookie-cutter thinking here: modern design complements the local vernacular, from the sandstone exterior to the sliding oak shutters. And it isn’t design sacrificing function—everything works as well as it looks. All that and eco-awareness that goes beyond re-using the (luxurious) towels, embracing everything from the environmentally sustainable Saint Luc furniture to re-usable glass throughout."

- Destination Expert, Linda MacDonald

The Times

Best Romantic Hotel 2019

"Stepping out from that lift is like walking onto the pages of Wallpaper magazine. Flooded by light from full-height windows that run the length of the long rectangular space, the seventh floor is an open-plan reception/bar/lounge with retro crushed-velvet rocking chairs and armchairs, artwork curated by the Fruitmarket Gallery and the neighbouring City Art Centre, and steel columns cleverly disguised as industrial-chic bookshelves. This is the only member of the hip Design Hotels collection in Scotland."

- Travel Editor, Jeremy Lazell


Why you'd leave, I'd never know

"Situated literally seconds from the exit to Waverley Station, the Market Street Hotel has no right to be as good as it is. Each room is a seamlessly executed wooden cocoon to wrap yourself up in, the beds soft and the blinds so good you won't see a crumb of light if you don't want. The champagne bar upstairs does an excellent breakfast too."

- Digital Editor, Anna Conrad and Contributor, Millicia West

The Herald

A first look inside Edinburgh's newest hotel

"Edinburgh's new iconic Market Street hotel has officially opened for bookings in the heart of the Old Town. Located at a key gap site in the heart of Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage site, the hotel has been a highly-anticipated arrival in the city.

Market Street hotel will feature 98 urban boutique style rooms including one suite, as well as the highly anticipated champagne lounge, the Nor’ Loft."

- Digital Editor, Stephen Mcilkenny

Condé Nast Traveller


"The contemporary, simple interiors have wooden floors, granite walls, obligatory flourishes of tartan and thick, sliding oak shutters instead of curtains: another nod to the ‘fortress’ inspiration, except instead of enemy clans they’re potent defences against noise and light."

- Digital Editor, Sonya Barber

Gay Times

A brave new hotel in Edinburgh hits all the right notes

"Enter Market Street, Edinburgh’s first design-led hotel and, remarkably, one of only a handful of new-builds in the Old Town. Remarkable, and the temerity of it! But this is no post-modern pastiche, instead it’s an almost-brutalist tribute to the crags and romantic turrets that rise behind it. It’s strikingly modern but it doesn’t jar one jot. And inside the style revolution continues, from the playful lobby right up top on the 7th floor which segues into Nor’ Loft, a very dishy champagne lounge with floor-to-ceiling glass windows at every opportunity to suck up those views over Princes Street Gardens towards the glorious New Town and, just beyond that, the chilly North Sea."

- Travel Editor, Stephen Unwin

The Guardian

The best hotels for a British city break

"Scotland’s first member of the Design Hotels group, Market Street won new hotel of the year at the 2020 Scottish Hotel Awards. It was rewarded for its innovative architecture, and slick locals-meet-visitors vibe. Its X-factor is the top-floor lounge and reception – ensuring that your check-in experience comes with panoramic views of the city – along with the Nor’ Loft champagne bar."

- Travel Editor, Annabel Thorpe

National Geographic

The Ultimate Hotel Guide to Edinburgh

"Between the Old and New Towns, just steps from Waverley station, you’ll find the capital’s first representative of the Design Hotels group. Its striking, angular stone facade is topped by an irregular, geometric roof with a reception, unusually, on the top floor. Interiors are contemporary and pared-back, and rooms are on the compact side — in categories such as Cozy, Roomy and Vista — but the sleek bathrooms are spacious."

- Lucy Gillmore

The Scotsman

Here are 8 of the Best Rooftop Bars in Edinburgh

"Nor’ Loft in Market Street hotel offers champagne and fancy nibbles and comes with some beautiful views of the Capital.."

- Graham Falk

Stay in the know, follow us @market_street_hotel