The Scholar Hotel was the top prize Winner of Best 4 Star Hotel East Scotland category and placed Highly Recommended for Best Hotel Team and Best City Hotel categories at the 2024 Scottish Hotel Awards (Prestige).

The hotel, which is part of The University of Edinburgh’s Hospitality & Events Collection, secured top honours across all three categories it was nominated in, showcasing its unwavering commitment to excellence in the hospitality sector.

The Edinburgh-based hotel impressed a judging panel of esteemed hospitality professionals with its dedication to exceeding guest expectations and championing sustainable practices. The hotel has invested in supporting local businesses, furthering its community engagement and ethical sourcing: from the curation of artwork in partnership with ArtPistol and a wine list selected by Dalgety Bay’s l’Art du Vin, to the luxury toiletries and scent diffusers by a North Berwick business, Laura Thomas Co.

There was also recognition for the newly refreshed hotel restaurant, The Brasserie, and its newly appointed Executive Chef, Ed Fortune, for his fresh take on a modern Scottish menu. The seasonal menus blend traditional local favourites with innovative flavours, drawing from Scotland’s very own larder of ingredients sourced from local suppliers.

The seventh annual awards were presented at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Glasgow last night and exist to ‘showcase and reward outstanding service within the hotel industry in Scotland’.

Gavin MacLennan, Group General Manager – Operations, The University of Edinburgh Hospitality and Events Collection, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the title of Best 4 Star Hotel in East of Scotland and be Highly Recommended Best City Hotel and Best Team. This is not just recognition of our fantastic team’s hard work, but also a celebration of their incredible dedication and passion. These achievements are particularly heartening given we have just experienced a major rebrand and relaunch of the hotel over the past year.

“We are extremely proud to be recognised by the judging panel of hospitality professionals who are looking for the absolute best in the industry, and we are also immensely grateful for all of the continued support from our guests this year.”

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