RED Carnation is to open its first hotel in Scotland, at a revamped premises in Edinburgh city centre.

The luxury hotel collection has announced plans to “respectfully renovate” 100 Princes Street, transforming it into a “highly exclusive retreat” in the Scottish capital.

The prime Princes Street address was previously home to private members’ club the Royal Over-Seas League.

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The hotel firm says it will strive to replicate the boutique atmosphere of Hotel 41, its premises premises which overlooks the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, and has retained the position of TripAdvisor’s number one hotel in London for over10 years as well as the the ratings company’s Traveller’s Choice Best Hotel in the UK for the last three.

The hotel company is also behind the restoration of Ireland’s Ashford Castle, once home to the Guinness family, and says it will bring “the same meticulous care and attention to the listed building’s interior, embracing its history and heritage and using the finest local artisans and suppliers”.

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Once overhauled, 100 Princes Street will reopen in 2020 as Red Carnation Hotels’ 19th property worldwide.

Jonathan Raggett, managing director of Red Carnation Hotels, said the move was a culmination of years of planning and preparation.

He said: “It has been a dream of ours to open a hotel in Edinburgh for some time, and with the best address in the city, it was well worth the wait.

“As the world’s number two hotel company according to the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, we intend to pay full respect to this remarkable location and city, its history, tradition and people and are excited to be blending our internationally renowned breed of personal service and generous hospitality with the warm humour, expertise and knowledge of the best talent in Edinburgh.”