Third Adagio aparthotel
Hotel opening brings new life to Canongate
The 146-apartment Aparthotels Adagio is the first development to emerge from the controversial redevelopment of the north side of Canongate.
The four-storey Adagio has been constructed behind an existing façade of two 1930s tenement buildings – one of which is the C-listed Sailors Ark building, formerly an ex-serviceman’s hostel which helped feed the city’s homeless before and after the Second World War.
Adagio’s aparthotel concept has been rolled out across Europe and is now being applied to some of the UK’s premier city centre destinations.
Edinburgh is the third UK opening, following launches in Birmingham in 2015 and Liverpool in 2013.
Jose Gómez, General Manager of Aparthotels Adagio said: “The opening of Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile is an important milestone in the global development of Adagio.
“With a superb position overlooking both the Royal Mile and the new public square, the aparthotel will be a major visitor draw which will reignite interest in this historic part of the Old Town.
“We are working with New Waverley to ensure our aparthotel reflects the area’s unique link with the history and culture of the Old Town, providing our guests with an exceptional base from which to enjoy this fantastic city and surrounding area.”
New Waverley’s new public square is set to become home to a host of marketing and arts-based activities aimed at increasing visitor interest and footfall to this previously neglected part of the city centre.
The square is linked to the Royal Mile by a newly designed covered walkway inspired by the Old Town’s historic ‘Wynds’.
As well as reflecting the area’s unique World Heritage setting, The Wynd has been designed so it gradually increases in size as it joins a public square, opening up a view corridor from the Royal Mile across the Waverley Valley towards Calton Hill.
The will add to the city’s new public spaces which include Quartermile, around the former Royal Infirmary, and St Andrew Square.
The launch of the aparthotel and new public square heralds New Waverley’s next construction phase, which will include more cafes, restaurants and shops surrounding the new public square. This phase will also include around 148 new homes and approximately 180,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space, due to open in 2017.
The £150 million New Waverley development is being led by Artisan Real Estate Investors. Completed so far as part of the first development phase are two Whitbread Premier Inn hotels which opened in January, and The Arches, a row of Victorian arches which have been transformed into business units.
Artisan Project Director, Clive Wilding added: “The combination of the aparthotel and new public square provides a brilliant new addition to the Old Town and continues the significant momentum New Waverley has created in the city centre since we started construction less than two years ago.”
Photo: Hotel from southside of Canongate, nearing completion (by Terry Murden)