Enter the Vault: the ‘secret’ room at Edinburgh’s new hostel | Journey


How does a hostel stand out from the gang? Typically by embracing novelty. A former courthouse in London threw off the shackles to change into Clink; in Reykjavik the crumbs of a biscuit manufacturing facility had been swept away to create Kex; and in Amsterdam, one of many metropolis’s most well-known brothels has a brand new life as Cocomama. Now, an Edinburgh hostel appears to be upping the ante by turning what was as soon as a secret vault right into a room with simply sufficient area for a double mattress behind the unique six-inch metal secure door.

What has change into the Vault room – a mere 3.2 sq m, and retaining its foot-thick partitions – was found by architects throughout redevelopment work at a former fruit and vegetable market within the Scottish capital’s Outdated City. It’s now set to behave as a showpiece room within the new 139-bed hostel>, a part of the St Christopher’s Inn chain, which opened in late November.

Steel door to the Vault room, which has been welded open to prevent it being locked

Metal door to the Vault room, which has been welded open to stop it being locked

Described as “very effectively soundproofed”, the Vault’s hefty door is alleged to weigh greater than a tonne, although any jangling nerves ought to to be calmed by information it has been welded open to keep away from trapping travellers. The room options specifically designed wallpaper that depicts rows of security deposit containers and has a secure that serves as a enjoyable, in-room gaming expertise. An en suite rest room has been fitted outdoors the vault door. Designed together with native escape room specialist Escape Actuality, the problem is to crack the code of the secure and within the course of launch some goodies on your keep.

Double bed and safety deposit box wallpaper

Double mattress and security deposit field wallpaper

“Your complete room is principally a big, walk-in secure,” in line with Sophie Herbert, advertising and marketing director of St Christopher’s Inns’ mother or father firm Beds and Bars. “Our greatest guess is that it was a vault for money takings from the times when the location was a flourishing fruit and veg market serving the town. Actually, it might have been virtually impregnable.”

The brand new hostel, which is reverse the prevailing St Christopher’s Inn property and near the town’s Waverley station, is in a two-storey construction on Market Road that dates again to the late 1800s. Its 139 beds are unfold throughout 18 rooms which were themed round completely different areas of the town. There are non-public rooms, such because the Vault, and dorms for as much as 12 individuals. Costs for beds begin from £9.90 an evening B&B in off-season to £68 an evening B&B for a personal double in excessive season.

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