The Malmaison Hotel, beside the entrance to Leith Docks, at the
Shore, Leith, was formerly a sailors' home.
"The Sailors' Home used to provide
accommodation for sailors whose ships were in port. The Home
contained comfortable rooms for each rank, a canteen, a low cost
clothing shop, recreational rooms and a chapel
It was an innovation in social care at
a time when many workers lived in overcrowded slums.
The angel in the stonework above the door was an emblem for the
The description above is taken from
a notice board at the Shore erected by the City of Edinburgh
District Council, Forth Ports Authority and the Water of Leith