A new-build hotel in New York City and two UK properties will be joining Virgin Hotels’ portfolio in the coming months.
Virgin Hotels Edinburgh is expected to begin welcoming guests this spring. The property is housed in the landmark India Building, originally built in 1864, in Edinburgh’s Old Town near The Royal Mile. It will feature 222 guestrooms and suites (chambers and grand chamber suites in Virgin-speak) along with multiple dining and drinking outlets, including Commons Club, Virgin Hotel’s iconic cultural hub.
Virgin Hotels Glasgow will open in late spring. Located on Clyde Street, a prime City Centre position known for its arts and music scene, the property offers panoramic views of the River Clyde. It will feature 240 guestrooms and suites and a variety of restaurants and bars, including Virgin Hotels’ signature Funny Library Coffee Shop, which offers an assortment of whimsical and funny books and games.
Slated to open in summer 2022, the new-build Virgin Hotels New York* is located at 1227 Broadway in Manhattan’s NoMad neighbourhood. The 38-storey hotel will offer 463 guestrooms and several concept suites, a rooftop pool and bar, numerous dining spaces, and two floors of luxury retailers.
In addition, the property is working with an NYC-based design firm, MARKZEFF Design, to bring the heart and soul of the city into the décor elements of the brand’s signature venues, Commons Club, Funny Library Coffee Shop, and The Pool Club.
James Bermingham, Virgin Hotels’ CEO, explained that expanding into the United Kingdom is a major and much-anticipated milestone for the company.
“Our two new hotels in Scotland blend their distinctive personalities with the vibrant, playful, and personalized touch unmistakably Virgin. We couldn’t be more thrilled to call the beloved cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow home to our first locations outside the United States,” he said. “And with our first New York City hotel following shortly after, [the company] is poised for a busy year of growth and elevation—and it’s only the start.”
* Image at top of this post is a rendering of the exterior of the new-build New York City property.