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Virgin Hotels Edinburgh Appoints Mafalda Moura Albuquerque as General Manager

Posted: 26th July 2023

Virgin Hotels, the global luxury hospitality brand created by Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson, is delighted to announce the appointment of Mafalda Moura Albuquerque as General Manager of Virgin Hotels Edinburgh.

With over 10 years’ experience in the hospitality sector and an impressive track record working in luxury lifestyle properties, Mafalda brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new role and will lead all operational departments of the hotel.

She most recently held the position of General Manager at the five-star hotel, Kimpton Blythswood Square and Voco Grand Central, during which time the hotels and her teams picked up a number of prestigious accolades. Prior to that, she was Taskforce General Manager at the Crowne Plaza Kensington & Blackfriars in London under IHG Hotels and Resorts.

Mafalda joins the Virgin Hotels team with great enthusiasm, stating: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Virgin Hotels family and leading the exceptional team at Virgin Hotels Edinburgh.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me to contribute my passion for exceptional guest experiences and innovative Virgin Hotels practices. I look forward to working closely with the team to continue delivering heartfelt service and ensure Virgin Hotels Edinburgh remains the go-to destination for visitors and Edinburgh locals alike.”

James Bermingham, CEO of Virgin Hotels, expressed his excitement about the new appointment, saying: “We’re thrilled to welcome Mafalda to the Virgin Hotels team. Her extensive experience and dedication to excellence align perfectly with our vision and commitment to surprise and delight and create memorable experiences. We are confident Mafalda’s leadership will elevate Virgin Hotels Edinburgh to even greater heights and we look forward to its continued success.”

Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, Virgin Hotels Edinburgh boasts 222 Chambers and Grand Chamber Suites as well as dining outlets including the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Commons Club, which features a lively bar and a locally-inspired menu and Eve, an all-day dining space. Among the hotels’ flexible event spaces is Greyfriars Hall, a 19th century church that has been beautifully restored and repurposed as a special event venue, and an exclusive Rooftop terrace with unobstructed Edinburgh Castle views.

Since opening its doors in June 2022, Virgin Hotels Edinburgh has quickly become one of the city’s most sought-after destinations for both locals and visitors alike. The hotel’s prime location, combined with its exceptional service and unique design, has earned it numerous accolades, including being named one of the “Best New Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure and voted one of the “Best Hotels to Stay in Edinburgh for 2023” by Conde Nast Traveller.

For more information about Virgin Hotels Edinburgh click here.

You can also follow along on social media via Virgin Hotels Edinburgh’s channels below:

  • Instagram @virginhotelsedi
  • Twitter @virginhotelsedi

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