Basic Site Details

Name: New Royal British Hotel
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: This building occupies a prominent site in Princes-street. The pilasters and trusses at the main entrance and the columns of the first floor oriel windows are of red Peterhead granite. The stone used for the rest of the building is from Prudham Quarries, Northumberland. The outside woodwork is of teak. The main stair stops are of Sicilian marble. The balustrade is mahogany, and all round the entrance hall and up the staircase a panelled dado is carried. On the basement floor, besides the necessary cellar and lavatory accommodation, there is a billiard room containing five tables, with a buffet adjoining. On the upper floors are several private parlours, drawing-room, and forty bedrooms. The building cost about 20,000. Mr. J. Macintyre Henry is the architect. [Building News 22 December 1899 p835]

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Hotel  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 119-20, Princes StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 318961898  
Item 2 of 31904  Drawings dated - possibly for details for first phase of building by McIntyre Henry
Item 3 of 31936  Alterations


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 4James Macintyre HenryArchitect 18961898 
Item 2 of 4David John ChisholmArchitectA1936 Alterations
Item 3 of 4J M Dick Peddie & Walker ToddArchitectural practiceA1936 Alterations
Item 4 of 4William James Walker ToddArchitectA1936 Alterations


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Clark, Charles 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Academy Architecture1896 part 1 p67
Item 2 of 3Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp310
Item 3 of 3RSA1896   449

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder6 November 1897  p380
Item 2 of 2Building News22 December 1899  p835 and illustration

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register29502 
Item 2 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DOM 1930/28/6 (includes drawings of 1898 and 1904)
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection EDD/399/34-39
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers James Macintyre Henry: F v14 p77 no895 (microfilm reel 11)