Friday, 26 September 2008

Royal Mile 14 - Radisson

As promised, here is the second part of the Royal Mile tour that we started back in July. Let's pick up the tour where we left off, on the crossing between the Royal Mile and the Bridges. The building right in front is the Radisson Hotel, completed in 1990 as the Scandic Crown. The site was originally occupied by 18th-century tenements, but they had long since disappeared and the site was 'a large hole' according to contemporary commentators. Although the initial designs for a new group of buildings were quite sympathetic to the history and look of the area, the final design became one 250-bed hotel without any ground-floor units or indeed any of the closes that would have gone through the building. Though the building may be inoffensive to some, to others it's an eyesore.

13 comments:

David said...

So many lovely buildings in your town, beautiful!

Lindsay said...

There used to be all sorts of rumours that that site was cursed and the last hotel on the site, the Scandic Crown sold out after a fire and two waiting staff being killed in the dumb waiter (what they were doing there is a whole other question). Presumably the Radisson has good karma!

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