Hearts open up UK-first stadium hotel

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Scottish Premiership team Heart of Midlothian has opened the doors on what it claims is the UK’s first entirely club-owned and operated hotel inside a football stadium.

Hearts first revealed plans for Tynecastle Park Hotel in September 2022 and the new 25-bedroom hotel and events space now sits within the main stand at Tynecastle Park stadium in the west of Edinburgh.  

Tynecastle Park Hotel offers a choice of individually styled guest rooms, including family, executive and accessible rooms, as well as a club lounge.

The 25 guest rooms have been designed to a high specification, including en-suite shower rooms with marble finish, monsoon showers and emperor-sized beds. Selected rooms provide guests with the option of a live view of the pitch or the city skyline on HD plasma screens. 

The Skyline Restaurant, which sits on the top floor of the main stand, will now be open seven days a week catering to both overnight guests and non-residents. Hearts’ well-established conference and events business will have six new meeting and event spaces.

As well as its supporter base both in Edinburgh and from further afield, Hearts hope to attract international visitors and guests from around the UK looking for accommodation as part of a city break in the Scottish capital.

Ann Budge, chair of Heart of Midlothian, said: “We’re extremely proud to have reached this significant milestone in the 150-year history of the club and look forward to welcoming overnight guests from around the world to enjoy our award-winning hospitality and facilities. 

“Tynecastle Park is the only hotel of its kind found anywhere in the UK and offers a truly unique hotel experience in our iconic Tynecastle Park Stadium – the home of Heart of Midlothian Football Club.”

She added: “Driven by our vision of self-sustainability, community and growth, Tynecastle Park Hotel is owned and managed entirely by Hearts and the success of the hotel directly supports the ambitions of the club.

“Our in-house hospitality team will have full responsibility for running the hotel and providing one-of-a-kind matchday experiences and guest stays.”