“As a brand, Virgin Hotels has a commitment to achieving net zero by 2030. At a local level, we opt to work with local, sustainable suppliers at every turn and that applies to food, drinks, guest amenities and even the décor.” So say the powers that be.
Meanwhile, the Commons Club’s executive chef, Steven Wilson, is flying the flag for local suppliers of meat, fish and cheese. Indeed, cheesemonger Iain Mellis could probably make his deliveries by hurling the odd wheel of Hebridean Blue or block of Isle of Mull Cheddar across the road into Wilson’s waiting arms: he’s been based in a shop opposite the India Buildings for nearly 30 years.
The hotel’s Curiosity Shop showcases the wares of six local businesses, each of which has a sustainability focus and each of which has been given a boost by Virgin StartUp, a not-for-profit Virgin spin-off that supports fledgling enterprises.
Though not yet installed at the time of this reviewer’s visit, a corner of the hotel’s all-day drinks-and-dining space, Eve, will soon become home to a branch of the East Lothian Flower Farm, local florists who provide chemical-free, seasonal, sustainable flowers.
Accessibility for those with mobility impairments
There are 11 accessible rooms, with multiple emergency call points and fully equipped wet rooms. There’s wheelchair access to all floors of the hotel and all public spaces.
Anything left to mention?
The rugs are great. And each rug in each room is unique, entirely handmade by female weavers in remote communities in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. A nice touch.
Hotel address: India Buildings, 1 Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2EX
Price from: £300