Edinburgh’s Old Waverley Hotel embarked on a £3 million refurbishment this year to renovate and upgrade facilities at the hotel. The Hotel also unveiled the new Cranstons Restaurant after a major facelift to upgrade its interiors. The restaurant was established in 1848 when The Old Waverley Hotel first opened and Cranstons has been brought back to its former glory but with a contemporary twist. Hotel Manager, Leon Kitley commented:
“Old Waverley Hotel has been a key part in Edinburgh’s history for nearly 160 years, it was fundamental to ensure that any refurbishment work did the hotel justice. Now looking towards 2007 we are delighted to welcome both past and new guests to The Old Waverley.”
The Old Waverley Hotel dates from 1848, when the seven-floor structure was built to celebrate the then-newfangled railroads and remains one of Edinburgh oldest Hotels. The hotel was opened in 1848 by Robert Cranston and his wife. The Old Waverley Hotel opened as a temperance hotel and to open a teetotal hotel in the best street in town was a daring enterprise especially in at a time when every transaction both in business and social life was bound up with drinking customs. The Hotel was known as ‘Cranston’s Temperance Hotel’ until 1854 but it was called The Waverley Hotel from the beginning. In 1876 the name The Old Waverley was formally adopted.
Over looking Princess Street and The Scott Monument, and with views across Edinburgh Castle, The Old Waverley is just a short walk away from Edinburgh’s train station and many other central tourist attractions and shops. Ideally based for shopping, culture and wandering around the city’s Old Town, The Old Waverley also boasts a restaurant with breathtaking views and excellent cuisine and service. Both Cranstons Restaurant and The Abbotsford Room overlook Princess Street, where you can sit, relax with a drink and indulge in the sites of Scotland’s charming capital and in the evening the restaurant welcomes non-residents to dine. It is the perfect venue for a city break, and its central location makes it an ideal setting.