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.
Ocean Mist Leith
Return to a bygone era with a stay in one of the 17 bedrooms at this unique floating boutique hotel. Situated in the vibrant Shore area, the vessel provides 360-degree views of the Water of Leith from Edinburgh Castle to The Victoria Swing Bridge. First commissioned as a minesweeper for the Admiralty, it’s served as a pleasure yacht for the aristocracy, a WWII torpedo recovery vessel, an anti-mine calibrating yacht and a pub/events venue. Now it’s more resplendent than ever, offering vintage-inspired staterooms, cabins and berths, as well as an elegant bar and lounge, where the champagne is ever flowing.
Perfectly positioned between the leafy Inverleith Park and swanky Stockbridge, just 15 minutes walk from the city centre, The Raeburn is an enduringly popular local. But in addition to its log fire-lit bar, cosy restaurant and expansive terrace, this former Georgian family home accommodates 10 bedrooms and a library. Staying guests are greeted with contemporary Scottish furnishings, fluffy robes, classy muted tones, wooden floorboards, large sash and case windows, marble-finished rainfall showers and Victorian-style bathroom fittings (with freestanding tubs in deluxe rooms). Breakfast is provided and The Raeburn’s excellent menu can be ordered as room service.
House Of Gods Hotel
If you want pure decadence and lashings of theatrical opulence for your next stay in Edinburg, look no further. House of Gods’ design is infused with deco-style drama at every turn – velvet cushions and heavy drapes, curtained four-poster beds, mahogany antique furniture, parquet flooring, fringed lampshades, oak panelled walls, gleaming freestanding gleaming Victorian tubs and palms. The colour palette revolves around dark, rich hues of deep red and rooms come full of surprises, like hidden TV mirrors and coffee machines secreted out of immediate sight. Lilith’s lounge features a curated cocktail list that’s inspired by rock n’ roll’s tales of hotel debauchery.
Opposite the wide green space of Bruntsfield Links, in a charming neighbourhood, just a 15 minute walk from the heart of the city is the glamorous Black Ivy boutique hotel. A beautifully decorated terrace strewn with floral displays and lanterns greets arriving guests and provides a prime spot to watch the park and neighbourhood activity over a cocktail. Inside is an opulent, fashionable interior, home to a large Drafthouse bar and Conservatory Dining Room, as well as the 21 bedrooms. Each of the guest spaces takes on a luxe boho style, with pops of colour, period windows, stylish design and bathrooms replete with White Company ‘Noir’ toiletries.
The Roseate Edinburgh
An independent, family-run establishment, this five-star boutique hotel is set across two heritage buildings. The Victorian townhouses are across the road from each other and have been freshly refurbished to create 35 modern bedrooms, a sunny beer garden and a dining room lounge: the Ba’ Bar. The Roseate Edinburgh takes its interior design cue from the neoclassical architecture familiar to the capital and the owners’ Orcadian roots. Top-end suites come with special features such as roll-top copper baths, four-poster beds, Vispring mattresses, Noble Isle bath products, Chesterfield sofas and a chaise longue. Plus there’s a cute and cosy single room for solo travellers.
Stay in an elegant New Town Georgian townhouse with 26 rooms, which, like The Dunstane Houses, are spread across two buildings. Nira Caledonia offers a Jacuzzi Suite, ideal for soothing tired legs after a day of exploring the city’s cobbled streets. All rooms and suites come with PMD Tea, minibars, 2,000-pocket sprung beds, goose down pillows and L’Occitane toiletries as standard. The hotel boasts its very own 12-year-old ultra-limited edition whisky, bottled in partnership with Adelphi Distillery and served onsite. Guests can try the tipple and dine at Blackwoods Bar & Grill, which has a farm or fishery to fork ethos (around 40% of the menu ingredients come from Scotland).
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 complimentary 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!
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.
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’s sleep.
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.
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.