Eden Locke, Edinburgh, UK
Occupying a listed Georgian property in the heart of Edinburgh, Eden Locke, a hotel that lives like an apartment, presents itself as a design-led Airbnb-like experience.
The Locke Hotel group’s second venture after the London-based Leman, the Edinburgh property continues the group’s mission to anchor its hotels in neighbourhood culture via the cannily-named Hyde & Son, a ‘third wave’ coffee bar that morphs into a wine and cocktail bar by night. Open to the public, the bar celebrates its surroundings with locavore treats like gluten-free patisserie from nearby wholefood bakers, Grams and speciality beers from microbrewers, Harviestoun.
As they did with the Lehman, New York architects Grzywinski and Pons have transformed period interiors with a lavish palette of sorbet-soft pastels and splashes of bold colour, bringing a touch of the tropics (and the 1980s) to the louring Athens of the North. Focused on building a recognisable identity – even toiletries are by in-house brand, Kinsey Apothecary – the Locke properties are like home, only better.