The Scottish capital’s oldest district dates back to Medieval times. Its long history has been well-preserved in the steep winding cobbled streets, narrow wynds and towering crammed buildings. Originally built on a glacial ridge, the Old Town is also home to a castle set atop a dormant volcano and a palace, as well as a vast number of tourist attractions and the most notable modern building, the contrasting Scottish Parliament. Its main artery, The Royal Mile (named after the two regal residences at either end) forms the heart of the annual Fringe Festival and a meeting point for almost all of the city walking tours.
Cheval Old Town Chambers
Cheval Old Town Chambers, is a luxury all-apartment Residence located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town situated on the famous and historic Royal Mile. Comprising 74 award-winning and individually designed apartments that reflect the character and history of the building. The Residence, is the perfect choice for any type of stay – from one night to one year – guests can choose from open plan studios right through to a truly unique townhouse or a penthouse with stunning views. Each apartment boasts a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable dining space, and luxury contemporary furnishings, complimented by a central location and an excellent service team. For easy access to breakfast lunch, dinner and cocktails, guests can enjoy a seasonal menu served at Luckenbooths Bar & Restaurant located on the ground floor of Cheval Old Town Chambers. Guests also benefit from access to the gym which is open 24 hours a day.
Radisson Collection Hotel
Found on George IV Bridge in the Old Town, this modern hotel provides rooms with plenty of natural light and open vistas. Popular with business travellers and wedding planners, it has extensive meeting and event spaces, as well as a fitness centre. Seven room categories (including family suites) all include Nespresso machines, individual climate controls, bathrobes and slippers. The hotel’s bar, Epicurean, features cocktails blended with homegrown flowers and herbs from the hotel’s EvoGro hydroponic. Afternoon tea and award-winning Italian meals are served at the Radisson Collection’s Cucina.
The Witchery by the Castle
Said, to be one of the seven wonders of the hotel world, this adult-only boutique hotel boasts a prime location, right by the Castle on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile. Dark and dramatic, gothic glamour, and sumptuous romantic are just some of the styles each of the nine fabulous suites present. With roll-top baths for two and exceptional views of the city and Edinburgh Castle, it is easy to see why guests may not venture too far when they stay here. Especially when the award-winning restaurant serves such fine Scottish dishes and the bar offers a relaxed place in which to enjoy a tipple or two.
Market Street Hotel
A Carlton Collection Hotel, Market Street hotel is the first Design Hotels member in Scotland and it is clear to see why. The hotel interior design has been led by award-winning team FG Stjil and showcases a perfect balance of contemporary finishings whilst firmly acknowledging the historic charm and local artistic influences. Market Street hotel is located in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town the hotel boasts 98 boutique rooms and suites and for hotel residents and non-residents Nor’Loft the rooftop Champagne lounge on the seventh floor is THE place to enjoy a sophisticated drink coupled with stunning panoramic views of the city.