Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
North Bridge, Edinburgh
ICA were appointed by Amaris as Architects and Interior Designers on the redesign and rebranding of the Carlton Hotel on North Bridge in Edinburgh to a core brand Hilton. The building was originally constructed in 1898 and used as a department store, before being turned into a Hotel. ICA have worked hard to increase the bedroom capacity within the hotel, working closely with Structural Engineers to convert existing redundant back of house areas into bedrooms. Successful negotiations with the planning department resulted in the introduction of three new entrance canopies along North Bridge to increase the hotel’s street presence amongst the adjacent retail units. In addition to the 27 additional bedrooms, all 189 existing bedrooms and ensuites, along with the public areas, have been fully refurbished to an extremely high standard. The hotel’s bar and restaurant have been completely reconfigured to improve the flow of people through the space and create more intimate settings. The restaurant is a branded Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, also designed by ICA. Our designers have successfully ensured the Bar and Restaurant has a destination feel, with the décor throughout inspired by the building’s history, subtly telling the story of the Carlton’s previous life as a haberdashery and department store. Specially commissioned artwork located behind the reception desks, bespoke light fittings and a clever overhaul of the imposing staircase combine in the lobby to create a dramatic sense of arrival which sets the tone for the rest of this unique Hotel.