By the mid-nineties, Charles was looking for a new project. In 1996, following an investment of £7m, he developed the buildings on Union Grove and Holburn Street, into Skene House Holburn, a luxury boutique HotelSuites development which included an Honour Bar, a Breakfast Restaurant and a Guest Lounge.
Skene House Holburn was the most ambitious project undertaken by Charles Skene and, to complicate matters, was a conversion of B-listed, granite, Edwardian buildings. Charles has always had a love of interior design, having chosen to work with David Hicks in the 1970s and Jimmy Thomson of A F Drysdale in Edinburgh in the 1980s. He loved watching a designer's creative process of choosing fabrics, furnishings, paint and paper, to create tasteful, comfortable and flexible interiors.
So much so that he interviewed many and selected six internationally renowned interior designers to create the interior design for each of Holburn's 6 buildings: Jimmy Thomson, House 36, Monica Apponyi, House 30, Lyn Hunt, House 8, Stephen Ryan, House 10, Mary Fox Linton, House 12, Sylvia Lawson Johnston, House 14.
With the addition of Holburn, Skene House then had three city centre HotelSuite locations. Each operate as an individual hotel property under the Skene House umbrella; each one offers a different aesthetic and character, borne of their location and design, and all deliver exceptional value for money and wonderful customer service.