New Malmaison hotel opens in Edinburgh


A Grade-A listed building, first built in 1775, in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, has been transformed into a much-anticipated new hotel.

The Malmaison boutique hotel has 72 rooms, along with the Chez Mal Bar and Brasserie. It is now open for business after a 20-month development, and has created around 50 new jobs.
 
David Clancy of S Harrison said: “This development has brought a prominent building back to life, along with all its rich architectural heritage and Georgian period splendour. It’s in a fantastic location, on one of Edinburgh’s most prestigious and important squares, and it complements all the other work taking place in the surrounding area, including the new £1 billion Edinburgh St James development.
 
“Our experience of sympathetically restoring historic and heritage buildings, combined with Malmaison’s vision for creating interiors that are distinctive, stylish and extremely luxurious, has ultimately created one of Scotland’s finest boutique hotels. There’s no doubt it’s going to be hugely popular with both business and leisure travellers, from across the world, who want an exceptional and memorable place to stay.”
 
Guus Bakker, CEO EMEA at Frasers Hospitality, who own the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin brands, said: “Returning to the heart of where Malmaison started is a real milestone for us and we are looking forward to offering a fourth offering in the city, in addition to our Malmaison property in Leith and our Hotel du Vin and Fraser Suites locations in Edinburgh’s old town.
 
“Edinburgh is such an integral and exciting city and the boutique elements of Malmaison and Chez Mal’s offerings really tie in well to the atmosphere and spirit of the Scottish capital.”
 
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The hotel industry employs a diverse mix of casual, temporary, agency, part time and full-time permanent staff in order to staff the hotel around the clock. If there was ever an industry which suffers from still using paper timesheets to record working hours, it is this one. 
 
Keeping track of shifts, especially on night shifts or other times when the manager isn’t around, is very difficult with high volumes of staff using timesheets. Employees regularly forget to hand in their timesheets by the deadline and agency staff hand theirs straight to their agencies, meaning that sometimes the employer never even sees it to approve it. 
 
This means that there is a very real danger of employees falsifying their timesheets; either just by a few minutes here and there, or outright claiming shifts they were never present for. 
 
Purchasing a workplace management system from Time and Attendance Scotland will solve these authorisation issues. If employees have to clock in at the clocking terminal before entering and leaving, there will no longer be any ambiguity about working hours and no need to sort through hundreds of timesheets at the end of the week or month. 
 
Supervisors and managers can also check all of the timing data for their assigned team members easily within the software, which gets rid of squinting at bad handwriting, and also gets rid of the need to chase people up for handing them in late. 
 
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