Construction begins on huge new Edinburgh hotel with restaurant and outdoor terrace

The hotel will include 157 bedrooms, a restaurant and outdoor terrace
-Credit: (Image: S Harrison)

Construction on an Edinburgh hotel with a bar, restaurant and outdoor terrace has started.

The project, which will see hotel group MEININGER open in spring 2026, will transform a '70s office building in Haymarket. After part demolition of the existing structure, two new wings will be created as well as an additional storey.

S Harrison announced a deal with the European hotel group last year - who operate 36 hotels across the continent. Each location features it's own unique design, with "flexible and affordable" accommodation.

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They opened their first spot in 1999, and now has locations in Cologne, Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Milan, Paris, Rome and Vienna.

The building sits only a few minutes walk from Haymarket Station, and is within walking distance of Princes Street. The Edinburgh hotel will have 157 bedrooms, with a mix of rooms including doubles ad private multiple-bed rooms. There will also be a taxi drop off area, disabled parking and secure cycle store.

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Andrew Wharton, from S Harrison, said: “Appointing Ogilvie Construction to deliver another landmark project in Edinburgh and seeing work start is obviously a key milestone for this development and follows several years of diligent work to secure both planning permission and the right occupier for the scheme.

"We’re now looking forward to seeing our plans progress on site over the coming months.”

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Grier Edmead, operations director at Ogilvie Construction, said: “We are proud to be working with S Harrison on this project which has energy-efficiency and strong sustainability credentials at the heart of its design.

"Our team brings unrivalled specialist knowledge of the hotel and leisure sector, and we look forward to successfully delivering a first-class destination in the city, making both S Harrison’s and MEININGER Hotels’ vision for this building a reality.”