Gleneagles’ 30 bedroomed outpost on St Andrew’s Square in Edinburgh, 3 minutes from The Blamoral, is another place to look out for – but not for a couple of years. Buchan House, on the opposite corner St Andrews Square will be opening at the same time as a 72 bedroomed Malmaison. However what is already up and running on St Andrews Square is The Edinburgh Grand – and Grand it is. Our second visit, we got to see even more rooms, including the Director’s Suite and the Penthouse Suite, both of which had been occupied on our previous visit.
The three super king-size bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms looked immensely comfortable but their design was not that amazing. The views however are – from Edinburgh Castle to the South West to the Fife Bridges to the North West, the city is spread out below you like google street view. The Director’s Suite would definitely suit a Golden Age Hollywood director – theatrical double doors in the bedchamber open into the saloon, which could comfortably hold 70 or more people, and has a table that seats a dozen, a couple of sofas and several armchairs.