A new 98-bedroom luxury boutique hotel has opened next to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station.

Market Street Hotel – owned by the Dutch-headquartered Carlton Hotel Collection – boasts a seventh floor reception and rooftop Champagne lounge.

The rooftop lounge – called Nor’ Loft’ – combines an unrivalled champagne selection with panoramic views of Edinburgh’s infamous landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, The Scot Monument, Princes Street Gardens and Calton Hill.

The hotel has been selected as the first member of Design Hotels in Scotland, a global organisation that recognises hotels with a passion for genuine, ‘culturally-rooted’ hospitality and ‘cutting-edge design and architecture’.

Nor’ Loft is named after the Nor Loch stretch of water, which filled the space that is currently Princes Street Gardens between the 15th and 17th century and is billed as ‘a chic addition to the city’s UNESCO World Heritage skyline’.

The seventh floor is centered around an elegant Champagne table, which boasts over 20 labels from prestige to small growers and a curated spirits list. It is open throughout the day serving breakfast, afternoon tea and small plates, with cuisine based on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients prepared in the chef’s open kitchen.

During the evening, the lounge transforms into a social hub offering stunning views of the illuminating city skyline, welcoming guests and locals alike with its laid-back atmosphere and peerless panorama that can be viewed across two outdoor terraces.

General Manager Jill Darling said: “It’s extremely exciting to be working in a hotel property that brings a new level of understated luxury, bold design and edge to the market. Not only is the hotel situated in an unbeatable location, but the interiors are truly unique.

“We’re thrilled to open our doors and welcome locals and visitors alike.”

Rooms, which have been designed by FG Stijl, start at £170 and the hotel combines a modern, fortress style exterior with traditional heritage fabrics and soft furnishings. Mod cons including Dyson hairdryers, GHD straighteners and Apple TVs that provide guests with the ultimate home comforts.