24th February 2015

The UK's largest independent hotel management company has entered into an agreement to manage Marriott International's new property in Scotland's capital.

RBH' appointment to manage the new Courtyard by Marriott in Edinburgh heralds the company's first ever partnership with Marriott.

The hotel, which will take up residence in Baxter's Place within the New Town conservation area, is set to open in the summer of 2016. Marriott will develop the property in association with development and investment company, the Chris Stewart Group.

The property will occupy a listed building comprising three adjoining Georgian townhouses - one of which was home to Robert Stevenson, grandfather of 'Treasure Island' author, Robert Louis Stevenson.

The historic building's impressive façade will be restored, and a new building added behind to accommodate the rest of the hotel. Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh's 240 stylish bedrooms will offer business and leisure travellers a refreshing hotel experience. Guests will also enjoy an all-day bistro restaurant, fitness centre and 49ft2 multi-functional meeting rooms featuring the latest technology, as well as free Wi-Fi throughout.

The hotel's opening will bring 70 new jobs to the city and adds to RBH' already-impressive portfolio.

Managing Director for RBH, Stewart Campbell, said: "The new partnership with Marriott continues what has already been a very exciting time for RBH in Edinburgh, following the unveiling of the £4.2million DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre project earlier this year. This, coupled with the addition of Holiday Inn® Edinburgh as part of our wider management agreement with LRG Acquisition Limited and the existing Princes Street Suites property, cements RBH' presence in the capital."

Stewart continued "Edinburgh is a key city with the strongest hotel market in the UK outside London. 2014 saw RevPAR grow by 6.4% and 2015 is expected to produce similar growth despite a large number of new hotel bedrooms in the market. Edinburgh is benefiting from the increase in global travel which ensures demand for hotel bedrooms in Scotland's capital city goes from strength to strength - occupancy in 2014 was 81%."

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