A city of romance, history, architecture and profoundly good taste, where speciality tea and coffee shops outnumber the chains and where inherently warm hospitality prevails.
Here are 10 of the Good Hotel Guide’s favourite hotels in Edinburgh…
The Rutland Hotel
The Rutland Hotel is a matter of steps from fashionable Princes Street in Edinburgh, making it an ideal spot from which to explore the city. Modern, stylish and hidden inside a 19th century building that once belonged to Sir Joseph Lister, pioneer of antiseptic medicine, it’s got everything you could ask for, for a cool, calm and collected city break.
The Witchery by the Castle
By the gates of Edinburgh Castle and overlooking the Royal Mile (known for its shopping), this theatrical restaurant-with-rooms resides in two historic buildings and has a sumptuous Gothic style that’s perfect for a romantic winter getaway – we’re talking champagne, welcome hampers, and oodles of atmosphere.
A Michelin star restaurant and sleek design at a listed town house moments from the centre of Edinburgh. The curiously named 21212 hotel is rich in forest hues and has wonderful views of the Royal Terrace outside. A B&B it might be, but it takes the concept to another level.
Paul Lightfoot and John MacEwan’s stylish Southside guest house a short walk or bus ride from the centre of Edinburgh. Sleek bedrooms in the restored Victorian town house have a mix of contemporary and traditional furniture and modern Scottish artwork as well as panoramic views of the Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat. Children are welcome, there’s a resident labradoodle, and they host pop up dining events twice a month.
Southside Guest House
A B&B in a Victorian terraced house close to Holyrood Park, Southside Guest House is within easy walking distance of Edinburgh’s restaurants, pubs and shops. The interiors are colourful and two of the rooms have four-poster beds if you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion. Children over the age of eight are friendly so it’s a good one to take the family to for a city mini-break.
A luxurious hotel in Edinburgh and part of the Rocco Forte collection, The Balmoral on Princes Street is a city landmark, home to a grand clock that dominates the skyline. Five star hospitality and facilities make it s perennial favourite, while style and sophistication make it a joy to discover each time.
On a quiet, leafy street in Edinburgh’s West End, The Bonham is a stylish hotel within easy reach of iconic attractions, shopping and cafes. With just 49 rooms it’s very much a boutique hotel, but it does everything with a sense of tailored precision, combining historic architecture with beautiful contemporary design.
Brooks Hotel Edinburgh
A boutique bed and breakfast offering a fusion of cosy, comfortable surroundings with urban style, Brooks Hotel Edinburgh is every inch your modern B&B. Rooms and suites are neat, families are welcome and the three star hotel provides a welcoming and affordable place to rest in this affable city.
There’s a swish sense of fun at this playful hotel in New Town, its restrained Georgian exterior giving way to spirited prints, jewel tones and mirror-ball surfaces. To say the design is bold is probably an understatement, but they make it work. It’s modern, its stylish, its fun and it’s got a lovely buzzy atmosphere.
A three story house that has the sense of being a private club, 23 Mayfield is small and perfectly formed. A pristine guest house, it’s all large leather sofas and beautiful four poster beds, stained glass windows and rich heritage colours. Multi award winning and beautifully located to enjoy the city, it’s almost impossible to fault this charming B&B.
From a selection of hotels in Scotland.