There’s more to Edinburgh than major sites, attractions and bog-standard hotels. Take a step back and experience the city from a beautiful and luxurious boutique hotel. These places of serenity, tranquillity and luxury bring together modern design and comfort while showcasing the beauty of Edinburgh’s rich history. Stand out from the crowd and see Edinburgh through rich furnishings, swathes of colour, sumptuous food and breathtaking views. You’ll surely fall in love with your surroundings and of course our favourite city. (Looking for the best luxury hotels in Edinburgh?)
Located in an A-listed converted Georgian Townhouse, it’s nestled in one of Edinburgh’s most fashionable streets, George Street. Perfectly placed for any high-end shopper and gourmand, it’s the ideal place to start exploring the tastes, smells and sights of Edinburgh. Each room in the hotel is beautifully and uniquely decorated to juxtapose the aesthetics of modern design, while highlighting the exquisite original features. More than the opulent surroundings, you’ll find each room kitted out with Egyptian cotton sheets, luxury toiletries, and added extras like pre-loaded iPods and access to an extensive DVD library (not to mention complementary room service at breakfast). Don’t miss their fabulous bar, cocktail bar and restaurant downstairs. You may just find you don’t need to leave the hotel at all!
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Ballantrae Albany Hotel
This four-star hotel is spread over four listed townhouses in the heart of the city centre. Only minutes from boutique shopping, the fabulous night life of the Old Town, and the breathtaking Princes Street Gardens, it’s a sanctuary from the bustle of the city. More than just a prime location, it boasts stunning interiors, luxury en suite in every room, hand painted wallpaper, luxury towels and toiletries as well as a continued sense of space with its high ceilings.
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The Rutland Hotel
Located in what was once home to renowned surgeon Joseph Lister, the beautiful townhouse now boasts a beautiful boutique hotel, a fashionable bar, The Huxley and a gourmet steak restaurant, Kyloe. With twelve individually designed guest rooms, you’ll find yourself surrounded by opulent luxury. From free WiFi to Bluetooth audio connectivity, wall mounted flat screen TVs, a fully stocked mini bar, complimentary daily newspapers and shortbread on arrival. More than day-time comforts, you’ll be bedding down with quality goose-feather pillows and duvet, the finest Egyptian cotton bedding and access to luxury toiletries to wash the day away.
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Walk along York Place in the heart of the city, and you’ll see a row of beautiful historic Georgian townhouses. Within five is a beautiful, chic and contemporary hotel ready to steal you away from the bustle of the city. More than a place to rest your head at night, it’s a hotel that works to ensure comfort and luxury is at the forefront. With a business centre, health and fitness centre and luxury room amenities, they make it easy for you to access whatever you need during your stay. Don’t forget to take advantage of their spa inspired rainfall shower, mini bar with complimentary soft drinks and snacks, WiFi, and 32” HD LCD TV in all King bedrooms. And when you’re too tired to stay up, you’ll be handsomely rewarded as you snuggle into crisp Egyptian cotton linens, perfect for a good night sleep.
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Just off the beaten track, but a stone’s throw from the major attractions, this quiet and stunning four-star boutique hotel is a gem for any visitor. Juxtaposing bold colours, rich textures and contemporary art with original features and architecture, their 49 rooms are a blend of historic elegance with modern day design. Each room, whether standard doubles or junior suite, gives guests a place of serenity and calm in the heart of this beautiful city. For those seeking the ultimate in luxury, you must book one of their two executive suites. You’ll be rewarded with plenty of space, beautifully finished modern furniture, stunning bathrooms with period features, freeview TV and free WiFi. And don’t forget to peek your head out the window for magnificent views over Drumsheugh Gardens.
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Visitors eager to escape the traditional and historic side of Edinburgh can still enjoy the luxury touches they deserve at the Nira Caledonia. The property was once the home of 19th century writer Christopher North, but the spirit and decoration is now decidedly contemporary. Expect a whimsical, modern style that is calm and relaxing.
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Hotel du Vin
Believe it or not, this boutique hotel on Edinburgh’s Bristo Place was once an asylum. Today, however, the Hotel du Vin offers 47 spectacular suites and rooms with luxury touches and a location just minutes from the Royal Mile and the heart of the city. Despite the hotel’s exclusive size, it boasts all the amenities you might expect from a much larger hotel. During your stay at Hotel du Vin, be sure to indulge in a meal at the on site bistro, a drink or two at the Laroche tasting room or a cigar in the mezzanine bar. With rich and masculine decor, the hotel is a stunning example of classic Scottish taste.
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Located minutes from the Forth Bridge, in South Queensferry and only 10 minutes from Edinburgh airport, it’s ideal for a quieter visit to Edinburgh. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, it’s the perfect place to take some time to relax and unwind. Surround yourself with sophisticated and stylish furnishings, bespoke toiletries, digital LCD TVs and High Speed Internet in every room to really get the benefits of this beautiful hotel. And with their complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, you’ll never have to worry about making your flight. Don’t forget to make your way to the heart and soul of the Dakota, their bar & grill. Voted Scottish Seafood Restaurant of the Year and Scottish Hotel Restaurant of the Year, it’s more than just a hotel restaurant, it’s a gastronomic delight.
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