We have been working with Edinburgh College of Art to bring festive cheer to our landmark hotel this Christmas.

Scotland’s future creative talent from the (BA) Textiles course have created bespoke festive decorations for InterContinental Edinburgh The George, inspired by the building’s Georgian history and glamorous interiors.

In an effort to be sustainable, the students have been working with the College’s talented team and guest lecturer and designer, Chloe Patience, to craft their collection using luxury off-cuts of cashmere and fine wool from Johnston’s of Elgin.

We were delighted to host the students in the hotel in October of the year, and to show them around our grand building, telling stories of its curious former guests – including Robert Burns and Walter Scott

Drawing on their experience and different aspects of the hotel décor and furnishings, the students returned in December with their stunning decorations, which now sit pride of place on our magnificent tree in the lobby.

One of the students who took part, Anna Reid, said: “It was fascinating to work on a live brief and get the opportunity to learn about the Georgian era. My final design took inspiration from the hotel’s mirrors, windows and archways, to create patterns with delicate embellishments on the gorgeous Scottish fabrics.”

Stephanie Lee, our Director of Sales at InterContinental Edinburgh The George, added: “We’re thrilled the students found this such a valuable experience and the result is really impressive. We’re very proud of our Georgian heritage and it was wonderful to be able to share this with the next bright young minds and see their interpretations come to life in this collection which is now a centre point for our guests to enjoy this winter.”

Discover the beautiful tree and its decorations in the lobby of InterContinental Edinburgh The George this festive season.



Edinburgh College of Art designed bespoke decorations for InterContinental Edinburgh The George’s Christmas tree