Gleneagles Townhouse

Edinburgh, Scotland


Spanning two historic buildings in one of the city’s grandest squares, Gleneagles Townhouse is a hotel and a members-only club, perfectly situated right in the heart of Edinburgh.

Key Features

  • Located in the heart of Edinburgh, the building formerly housed a bank for over 200 years, and has since been carefully restored to celebrate its unique heritage
  • The all-day restaurant and bar, The Spence, celebrates Scottish food with a modern twist, while the rooftop bar serves classic cocktails with a prime view of Edinburgh
  • The gym and wellness studios combine state-of-the-art tech and curated experiences for holistic wellness, including a cryotherapy chamber and infrared sauna
  • 33 rooms that embrace both the architectural and local heritage of the site


In perhaps one of the best locations in the city, the iconic building that houses Gleneagles Townhouse is steeped in history. Built in 1781, it served as a branch of the Bank of Scotland for over two centuries before being painstakingly restored to its current state. Within walking distance from most of the cultural and culinary hotspots (Princes Street, Georges Street, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle), it’s the perfect base from which to explore the city.


There are 33 rooms in total, each uniquely designed in homage to the space’s architectural heritage, whilst maintaining a sense of understated luxury. There is considerable variety among the room sizes to suit every traveller, ranging from cosy Nook bedrooms up on the third floor to spacious Master bedrooms with lofty ceilings and spectacular city views. But whichever you choose, the interiors are tasteful and mix Victorian, art deco and mid-century styling alongside some original features.


The Spence is Gleneagles Townhouse’s main restaurant, located in the glass-domed former banking hall. Scottish for ‘larder’, the menu celebrates local ingredients such as Argyle rock oysters, wild roe deer, and west coast crab. There’s also Lamplighters – the top-floor bar with an incredible roof terrace. Here, excellent cocktails are served against panoramic city views.

Why we love it

Gleneagles is an iconic Scottish institution, and it’s city sibling brings the brand into the 21st century with a glamorous twist. Operating as both a hotel and a private members club, staying in one of the Art Deco velvety bedrooms brings with it a sense of exclusivity. Plus, the restaurant is excellent and the bar has incredible views over the city while still retaining the Scottish Gleneagles charm – what’s not to love?

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