Safestay – A vibrant addition to Edinburgh
Safestay Edinburgh is situated just off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town, making it the ideal hub to explore the highlights of Edinburgh. The city’s famous attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and Scott Monument are all within a moment’s reach.
During 2015 the hostel saw the design process, rebranding and refurbishment to transform the building to present a more modern, premium offering.
Interior design studio Black Box Interiors Ltd delivers projects within the hospitality industry, providing bespoke solutions for all. With over 22 years’ experience and many repeat clients, the company offers a whole range of services from interior design consultancy to on-site project management.
Marian Predovnik, Director at Black Box Interiors, told Premier Hospitality:
“We carried out a soft refurbishment on the bedrooms and public areas, as it was already a youth hostel in the first place.
“We began the design process in July 2015 and the project is now complete, ready in time for summer.
“Despite them being known as hostels, because they are quite stylish and contemporary, they are more like hotels with bunkbeds!”
Bedrooms underwent changes including wall colour changes, brand new beds and fresh bedding, all to implement a different style to the former rooms. One feature wall displays a striking hot pink palette, with three off-white walls to balance the tone of the space.
The public areas saw a fresh lick of paint and altered wall finishes, in addition to varied lighting features, lighting up the space in certain parts and keeping others more subtle and cosy.
Both the reception area and lobby lounge underwent an overhaul – the reception desk was revamped by adding a bar front to the counter, with lighting positioned behind to illuminate it, and innovative ‘exploding lightbulbs’ over the counter. Existing joinery units were painted in an attractive burgundy colour with the Safestay logo integrated to the rear of the reception, in the form of a bright multi-coloured striped design bespoke wall covering.
“We added a bespoke carpet in the lobby and reception area, in a multi-coloured stripe effect to match the wall covering. Also we incorporated new signage and more feature lighting in the lounge area, as well as contemporary furniture in the lounge and quirky artwork pictures with hints of tartan and references to Edinburgh.
“The idea was to appeal to different types of clients rather than just the budget-type clients – this presents an option for clients who wished to stay in a hostel but wanted a bit more of an experience.”
Adding a vibrant atmosphere, the fully licensed bar, Bar 50, serves locally sourced food and drinks from 8am until late. Guests can enjoy the complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the building, the use of the guest kitchen and 24 hour access to secure lockers. The bar and kitchen were refurbished in-house.
“We love working for Safestay, they are a great client of ours, and they always give us freedom with the design work which we love, so it has been brilliant.
“We have worked on all of the Safestay projects, so they include Safestay Holland Park at London, Safestay Elephant and Castle London and Safestay York. Other clients and projects of ours include Hotel Novotel in Stevenage, and we are currently working on the Marriott Manchester at the Airport.”