When you think of Edinburgh’s best hotel your mind might go to the Old Town or the West End with striking views of the castle.
However a luxury hotel in Leith has been shortlisted for a top national food and drink award only one year after opening – and it’s no regular overnight stay.
Fingal, a floating hotel, which is berthed in Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith, has been shortlisted in the prestigious ‘Best Hotel’ category as part of the GQ Food & Drink Awards 2020.
A former Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) tender, Fingal underwent a £5 million transformation to become Scotland’s first luxury ‘floating’ hotel.
The boat-hotel-hybrid was established as TripAdvisor’s No.1 hotel in Edinburgh within six months of opening and is the only Scottish nomination in the Best Hotel category.
Fingal’s 23 luxury cabins are each named after Stevenson lighthouses, inspired by Fingal’s rich maritime heritage.
Open to non-residents for afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails, Fingal’s Lighthouse Bar features meticulously prepared dishes and drinks bursting with flavour, all using locally sourced or foraged ingredients.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 27 April 2020 and will be listed in GQ’s June edition. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges including Dylan Jones, GQ’s Editor-In-Chief, Edinburgh’s own Michelin-star chef, Tom Kitchin and revered restaurateur, Oliver Peyton.
Head of Fingal, Andrew Thomson, said: “Featuring in such a high calibre UK shortlist for the Best Hotel is a wonderful way to celebrate the success of our first 12 months, and is a real testament to the outstanding service that the Fingal crew provide in ensuring that our guests have a truly world-class experience.”
Find out more about Fingal here.