Edinburgh's 'controversial' W Hotel up for sale one year after opening

The W Hotel has been put up for sale
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A swanky hotel has been put up for sale less than a year after it first opened its doors and welcomed guests in.

The W Hotel, located at the St James Quarter shopping complex, within the city centre first opened in November 2023 after a delay. The 'controversial' venue has now hit the market, with the agents selling the hotel branding it as an "exceptional opportunity".

The hotel, which sits at the centre of the £1 billion complex, comes complete with a 360-degree panoramic rooftop bar, spans ten storey and has 244 rooms, reports The Daily Record.

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The hotel received backlash from Edinburgh locals and residents with it being dubbed the "walnut whip" due to similarities with the popular Nestle product.

The firm's head of hotel capital markets, Robert Stapleton, said: ""The quality of the development is absolutely outstanding and, being positioned in the centre of St James Quarter, Edinburgh’s busiest and best retail district, the hotel benefits from both an exceptional location, but also phenomenal footfall.

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"The hotel is best-in-class in Edinburgh and requires no additional capital expenditure. We’re confident that the hotel will attract significant interest from global investors."