In a ceremony on Tuesday, Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, celebrated the launch of an upcoming hotel in Edinburgh.
In his speech at the celebration, he mentioned that he has a special connection to the city, as his wife is Scottish and his grandparents were from Edinburgh.
“The city holds a very special place in my heart,” Branson said. “Virgin Hotels takes its role as neighbors’ in this beautiful city very seriously, and we want this hotel to fit in with the fabric of the city and are working with the local community to make sure of this.”
This will be Virgin Hotels’ first European location, and will be in the historic India Buildings in Edinburgh’s Old Town. The India Buildings are a UNESCO World Heritage site that date back to 1864. They were deemed “at risk” by the Historic Environment Scotland and as such, have been unused for the past decade.
The historic structure will house 225 rooms and suites, and will open in 2020. It will also include the flagship “Commons Club,” a multi-use food, drink and party space.
After the first of the Virgin Hotels opened in Chicago, there has been a period of rapid expansion, with hotels being planned for Dallas, New York City and Las Vegas.