- They’ve been around for over 500 years
The building itself is part of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, which has been around since 1505 – making it one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world.
The College still owns the hotel, which itself opened in November 2006.
- They use their profits to train surgeons worldwide
Ten Hill Place Hotel is located slap-bang in the middle of Edinburgh’s Surgeons Corner. They’ve been at the heart (and lungs, and kidneys!) of Edinburgh’s surgical world since its very beginning.
No wonder the staff are so good at caring for guests – it’s all part of the tradition!
Best of all, the hotel still plays its part by distributing its profits worldwide to train aspiring young surgeons. That means, every time you stay at Ten Hill Place Hotel, you’re helping to train surgeons near and far.
- They’re greener than a thistle’s leaf
When it comes to being green, a lot of hotels talk the talk – but Ten Hill Place Hotel walks the walk.
As well as winning the Gold Award in Visit Scotland’s Green Tourism Business Scheme, Ten Hill Place Hotel is part of the Choose to Be Green scheme.
How does it work? Well, when you stay for two nights or more, you’ll be given a special green hanger. If you leave this on your door, you can forgo housekeeping – and if you survive two straight nights, Ten Hill Place Hotel will donate £5 to Bowel Cancer UK – plus another £5 for every subsequent night after!
And that’s not all. The hotel has removed plastic water bottles from all its rooms, saving 80,000 bottles a year. Guests will also find a packet of Scottish wildflower seeds for them to take away and plant.
- They’re proud to have one of Scotland’s Top Chefs
That’s right – executive chef Alan Dickson was named Chef of the Year for Scotland at the Scottish Hotel Awards in 2017. Not satisfied with that, he went on to win the Regional Award for Chef of the Year in Edinburgh & Lothians the following year. Gordon Ramsay never won that award. Just sayin’.
But wait, that’s not all. In the same year, Ten Hill Place’s restaurant won Informal Fine Dining Restaurant for Edinburgh & Lothians, while in 2019, Alan, along with Head Chef Jamie Reid and Bar Manager Andrew Barton, won People of Excellence Awards, while the hotel swooped the gongs for Regional Large Conference Hotel and Informal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year at the Edinburgh and Lothians Scottish Hotel Awards.
Not to brag, but this is a pretty star-studded hotel.
- They’ve got special loos
In 2019, the hotel made a few small adjustments in order to make its disabled toilets accessible to people with bowel cancer and inflammatory diseases, like Crohn’s disease.
The changes included adding a special shelf and installing a hook behind the door to enable visitors with stoma bags to be able to use them comfortably.
This is just one of the many ways they supported Bowel Cancer UK during an action-packed 2019 of fundraising, which included skydives, a 24-hour spin-athon and bake sales.