A style shake up mixes Scandi sensibilities with New York cool to give a Georgian property in Edinburgh huge retreat appeal, as Kathryn Armstrong discovers.
Eden Locke

The gorgeous Eden Locke calls itself an aparthotel but you’ll want to stay there forever once you’ve had a taste of its laid-back luxe.

It’s much more than a lay-your-head bolthole. All the elements within are designed to made you want to hunker down, sink-in and stay put.

It’s reverse city-stay; a definite Locke-in rather than just a head-down destination. It helps that Eden Locke’s 72 studios within its grand Georgian facade are in Edinburgh’s George Street, as city-centric as its gets within what is always a neat ‘big city’ destination.

The wee apartments are places to stay that will have you hovering over the Instagram button within seconds – before heading home ready to overhaul your 
own living space.

The fine idea is that you become not a guest but a ‘temporary resident’. First the suites. Ultra-cosy beds are a given but the signature large comfy L-shaped sofas put socialising at the heart of a stay with all the essentials that make you feel at home.

A fully fitted kitchen means you can decide whether to stay put and spend your spare time munching on farmers’ market food treats (Stockbridge market on Sunday morning is a an insider tip or the city’s J Mellis cheesemongers). You can also order in from local restaurants. Rooms have T2 teas, a cocktail kit and Rude Health granola – covering everyone’s nutritional needs!

Guests can also experience Edinburgh’s beauty to the fullest in one of the mezzanine suites, with original floor to ceiling windows giving unparalleled views 
of Scotland’s capital.

Property interiors are the brainchild of New York interior design firm Grzywinski+Pons which has lovingly restored the 18th Century building, carefully respecting the classic Georgian features and façade to highlight the beauty of the natural light and balance of space, while embellishing the building with an injection of modern, dynamic design.

Each studio features that L-shaped sofa, marble table tops and metallic light fittings, complemented by sophisticated decor with hard wood floor boards, handmade tiles and a muted palette of monochrome and pastels. The tech details include Apple Box, smart TV and ultrafast Wi-Fi.

But as well as the lovely living space, Eden Locke is all about communality and shared space – if you want to dig deeper.  The social hub is Hyde & Son, a third wave coffee bar by day, and a stylish wine and cocktail bar by night. Located on the ground floor of the premises, Hyde & Son is a great place to meet, mingle and take in the city.

By day, Hyde & Son also presents a selection of freshly made raw, vegan, clean, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free cakes and pastries from local artisan bakers, all made with 100% natural ingredients.

At the heart of its carefully curated bar, are Eden Locke’s partnerships with local food and drink innovators. The fashionable bar is stocked with locally and lovingly produced artisan spirits and an enviable selection of wines.

Expect too the team’s unique programme of events to be enjoyed by guests and locals alike, such as whisky tastings, yoga sessions and art exhibits, the cultural programme is designed to inspire, entertain, enlighten and bring the community and its visitors together in creative ways.


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