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Baxters Hostel


Property developer brothers Mike and Ross Baxter undertook a challenge in 2012. With high ambitions, the brothers looked to enter the competitive hospitality industry in Edinburgh by creating a hostel that would stand out from the crowd. With no previous hospitality experience, it was crucial that the project was a success. After acquiring a rundown working man's club behind Apple's flagship store on Princess Street, we first worked on getting past building regulations and achieving technical compliance. We then considered how the space would attract clients and created an enviroment of luxury and comfort.

Baxters Hostel

  • Client:

  • The Baxter

  • Services:

  • Interior Design

  • Location:

  • Edinburgh

Baxters Hostel


  • Existing building survey
  • Concept Sketches
  • Legislative Approval management (Planning and Building Warrants)
  • Interior Design
  • Space planning

Baxters Hostel


The Baxter is the first of its kind, a boutique hostel in the heart of a World heritage Site. With the brothers' personality all over the building the edgy if not eccentric style delivers a unique hostel experience. The Baxter has received rave reviews. Currently they are enjoying a rating of 9.0, a Hostelworld rating of 96% and are number 13 on TripAdvisor for Edinburgh Accommodation (a placing only normally reserved for luxury apartments)

"The success of The Baxter is in no small part due to the efforts of Tinto. Aesthetically, we are over the moon with the result and are regularly complimented on the design. Tinto took the time to understand what our clients are all about and carried this through without ego into practical robust solutions that become part of the DNA of our organisation.

Good design goes far beyond the aesthetics. Functionality creates added enjoyment and interaction with the space. The Baxter has had thousands of customers over the last five months and still looks as fresh today as the day it opened."

Ross Baxter-Director