New Courtyard Edinburgh hotel set for December 2016 opening

Marriott International’s third Courtyard hotel in Scotland has begun a major recruitment drive to hire 100 full-time staff ahead of its opening next month 

Marriott International is set to open a new Edinburgh hotel aimed at the business travel market this December.

The 240-room hotel will be the third in the Scottish Courtyard chain and is being developed by Edinburgh real estate firm Chris Stewart Group, which is best known for its award-winning Advocate’s Close development in the city’s Old Town.

Although owned by the Chris Stewart Group, the hotel will be managed and operated by Redefine|BDL Hotels, one of the UK’s leading independent hotel management companies.

The new hotel – located next to the Playhouse – comprises a series of three adjoining Georgian townhouses, one of which was home to Robert Stevenson, the famous Scottish lighthouse engineer and grandfather of Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson.

According to Marriott International, Courtyard Edinburgh is aimed at business travellers looking for a place in which to ‘switch off’, as well as leisure travellers and local residents.

It says the hotel has a bold and fun style which is conveyed throughout its décor and vibrant social areas, which include a café, bar and restaurant, as well as relaxed work spaces located at the hotel’s open plan entrance.

CGI image: the bistro bar
CGI image: The bistro bar

The hotel is set to create 100 jobs ahead of its opening next month and has begun a major recruitment drive to fill full-time positions throughout the business.

General manager Douglas Winfield has already made a number of appointments to help run the new four-star hotel – including HR manager Libby Robertson and operations manager Michael Nawrot, who will now oversee the recruitment process.

Recruitment team Libby Robertson and Michael Nawrot
Recruitment team Libby Robertson and Michael Nawrot


Robertson has more than decade’s hospitality experience and will be responsible for providing a full HR service to the Courtyard Edinburgh’s employees, while Nawrot joins from Malmaison and Waldorf Astoria hotel groups.

Winfield said: “We’re in the process of creating something very special with Courtyard Edinburgh and our staff will reflect that. We value individuality and style and are looking to attract recruits to a wide range of opportunities across the business.

“With an excellent senior team in place, we now need dedicated staff who will all play a key role in getting the hotel up and running.

CGI image: Lounge seating
CGI image: Lounge seating

“Bringing their industry insight and experience, Michael and Libby have a clear idea of the positions we have to fill and what attributes successful candidates will need to demonstrate.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time and it’s not often that in any line of work that staff get an opportunity to get in at the start, helping establish the ambience, quality and high standards of customer care we’ll be creating at Edinburgh’s latest, stylish hotel.”


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