Qatar Airways has acquired the Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel in Scotland, one of the best-located hotels for travellers to Edinburgh and an excellent base for exploring the rest of Scotland. The hotel will continue to be managed and operated under the Novotel brand by Accor which operates more than 3,700 quality hotels worldwide.
The Novotel Edinburgh Park marks the second hotel acquisition by Qatar Airways outside of Qatar, where it owns the five-star Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha and runs the new airside Hamad International Airport Hotel. The first acquisition, earlier this year, was the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at Heathrow Airport in London.
The Novotel Edinburgh Park, a four-star property located on Lochside Avenue, adjacent to the Edinburgh Business Park, and conveniently located near to Edinburgh International Airport, has a direct tram link to both the airport as well as Edinburgh city centre. The Hotel is on the doorstep of Edinburgh Business Park, widely acknowledged as Scotland’s premier business park, which currently boasts 7,000 employees in blue chip companies, making the hotel the ideal stay for business travellers, and attendees at business events and conferences, as well as tourists, due to its easy access to the highway network, tram and train stations. The hotel is within 15 minutes of the airport and 25 minutes of the city centre by tram.
The hotel offers 170 high quality rooms and suites; five purpose-designed, fully equipped and flexible meeting rooms for up to 170 people theatre style; an indoor pool, gym, and sauna; and food and beverage offerings. All bedrooms are equipped with an en-suite bath/shower, sofa bed, ergonomic work area, LCD TV and Wi-Fi connection. Executive rooms also feature an Espresso machine, iPod docking station and extra amenities. The Novotel Edinburgh Park also offers 95 parking spaces, for Park & Fly passengers.
The hotel will provide Qatar Airways’ guests from around the world with end-to-end comfort when visiting Scotland for business or pleasure. This is consistent with Qatar Airways premium traveller experience and strategy of expanding into the hotel business, delivering quality and convenience to passengers travelling on its modern fleet. The purchase of the Novotel Edinburgh Park is part of that overall service offering and growth strategy, which is expected to include further hotels in key destinations.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “The Novotel Edinburgh Park is an excellent addition to our travel portfolio, complementing our five-star hotel the Oryx Rotana in Doha and Sheraton Skyline Hotel Heathrow, making it easy for passengers who wish to spend some time in Edinburgh before travelling further afield in Scotland.”
Qatar Airways has won many awards for the quality of its service in the skies, including World’s Best Business Class at the latest Business Traveller Awards in 2014.