“As a brand, Virgin Hotels is committed to achieving net zero by 2030. At the local level, we choose to work with local and sustainable suppliers at every turn and this applies to food, beverages , to the equipment of the customers and even to the decoration.” So say the powers that be.
Meanwhile, Commons Club executive chef Steven Wilson flies the flag for local meat, fish and cheese purveyors. Indeed, cheesemaker Iain Mellis could probably make his deliveries by throwing the odd wheel of Hebridean Blue or the block of Isle of Mull Cheddar across the road into Wilson’s arms: he’s based in a store in facing the India Buildings for nearly 30 years.
The hotel’s Curiosity boutique features products from six local businesses, each focused on sustainability and each having received a boost from Virgin StartUp, a nonprofit spin-off from Virgin that supports fledgling businesses.
Although not yet installed at the time of this reviewer’s visit, a corner of the hotel’s dining space, Eve, will soon become home to a branch of East Lothian Flower Farm, local florists who provide chemical-free products. , seasonal and long-lasting flowers.
Accessibility for people with reduced mobility
There are 11 accessible rooms, with several emergency call points and fully equipped shower rooms. There is wheelchair access to all floors of the hotel and to all public areas.
Anything else to mention?
The rugs are great. And every rug in every room is unique, entirely handmade by women weavers in remote communities in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. A nice touch.
Hotel address: Indian Buildings, 1 Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2EX
Price from: £300