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Edinburgh

New hotel and restaurant for 204 Rose Street


Edinburgh, 6 August 2015 - Charlotte Baptist Chapel, a grade B listed 20th century church building on Rose Street in Edinburgh, is set to be given a new lease of life as a 4 star boutique hotel and steak and gin bar under new planning proposals to be lodged with The City of Edinburgh Council.

Owner, the Glendola Leisure Group, in co-operation with their sister company Carlton Hotel Collection, plans to convert the former city centre chapel into a 4 star boutique style hotel featuring 22 bedrooms.

Under the new plans, the fully detached 16,486 sq ft building will also house Edinburgh's first Bar & Beef restaurant, billed as a steak and gin bar. Gordon Street in Glasgow is home to the Group's first Alston Bar & Beef restaurant, which has received rave reviews since opening earlier this year.

Proposals for the building were shared at a public consultation in the chapel on 29th July, where community representatives, residents and members of the public were given an opportunity to provide their feedback. Local ward councillors were also in attendance.

Planning consultants JLL, acting on behalf of Glendola, are due to submit the planning application in the middle of August.

Alexander Salussolia, Managing Director, Glendola Leisure Group said: "We are fully aware of the historic status of the Charlotte Baptist Chapel and we intend to be responsible stewards of that heritage. Through our successful Carlton and Bar & Beef brands, we are bringing a premium hotel and restaurant offering to Rose Street, which we believe will be very attractive to both residents and the City's expanding tourism population."

Deirdre McCarthy, Planning Consultant for JLL, said: "Development within the city centre has recently been focused on the east end. The redevelopment of 204 Rose Street is a great opportunity to introduce new vibrancy and activity at the west end of this iconic street in a building which is otherwise due to become vacant when the church community move out to their new premises in March next year. Feedback from the public consultation was positive and the proposals have been broadly welcomed by the local community."