Scotland’s capital is one of the most attractive cities in the UK. Its mix of medieval, neo-Gothic and Georgian architecture alongside a castle atop a dormant volcano and an abundance of green spaces make every twist and turn a feast for the eyes. The cobbled streets of the Old Town are lined with artisanal cafes, museums and vintage shops. While the New Town brims with art galleries, designer stores and trendy bars. International, Fringe, film, jazz and science festivals, along with unique smaller events draw visitors from around the globe during the summer months and a Christmas festival – with its markets and fair – lights up Edinburgh come December.
If you’re looking for something a little bit different in the luxury stakes when staying in Edinburgh then Fingal is the place for you. Fingal is a luxury floating hotel berthed in Leith with many of the city’s finest restaurants (including two Michelin starred The Kitchin and Restaurant Martin Wishart) right in its doorstep (or should we say boardwalk!). In 2000 the ship retired from its Northern Lighthouse Board service and has since been meticulously transformed into one of Edinburgh’s top luxury hotels (read our review here). With 23 beautifully appointed cabins, a splendid events space and delightful on-board restaurant, which serves a delicious menu with top class service –it is clear to see why it has been voted as Edinburgh’s best luxury hotel on Trip Advisor. We highly recommend a stay here.
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.
Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa is a true destination of bliss and luxury in the heart of Edinburgh. Many of the rooms overlook Edinburgh Castle, and most other major attractions in the heart of the city are easily within walking distance. Along with offering more than 260 rooms and suites, making it one of the bigger luxury hotels in Edinburgh and the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa possibly has one of the best spa’s in the city. Swing by One Square, the onsite restaurant and bar, for a variety of British fare and a lively but sophisticated bar atmosphere.
The Glasshouse, Autograph Collection
Just as the name implies, The Glasshouse’s defining characteristic is that each of the 66 rooms boast floor-to-ceiling glass along one wall. This allows guests to overlook Greenside Place and the surrounding area, and it creates a light, contemporary feel to the richly historic destination
Malmaison Leith Shore
Known for romance and style, Malmaison Edinburgh is popular with younger guests who are in the city for pleasure rather than business. Located down in Leith docks, this once house of ill-repute is now a beautiful 100 room (and suite) boutique hotel with onsite spa brasserie and bar. A great summertime location as they have a large outdoor seating area making it an excellent choice for a glass of wine to unwind after a days sightseeing in the city.
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh
Once better known as the Caledonian, the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh underwent an extensive renovation to bring it into the Waldorf a few years ago. These upgrades resulted in the hotel winning awards like the Luxury Hotel of the Year and the Spa of the Year, among others, for 2014. Whether you opt for a classic room or a luxury suite with a view of Edinburgh Castle, expect sumptuous linens and muted colours that signify class and elegance.
Radisson Collection Hotel Royal Mile
Definitely not lacking in style or colour, this five-star boutique hotel on the Royal Mile is a stunning contemporary landmark in a city known for its historic architecture. Filled with monochrome prints and flashes of colour, the G&V Royal Mile Hotel is a showpiece for modern Scottish design. From textiles to luxury toiletries, furniture to amenities, you’ll be rewarded with some most stunning and beautiful surroundings.
Possibly one of the most iconic hotels in the city, The Balmoral building and it’s clocktower are certainly renowned landmarks on the Edinburgh skyline. This beautiful hotel from Rocco Forte is know for its elegance and timeless glamour and located at a prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. Its situation means it boasts stunning views of the city with many of the suites and premium rooms offering views of the castle. It’s facilities are also world-class including a fantastic spa and Michelin-starred restaurant.
The Edinburgh Grand
After four years of renovation, the iconic building at 42 St Andrew Square, formerly the headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland, opened again in the summer of 2018 after being given a new lease of life as The Edinburgh Grand. The 5o luxury apartments located truly at the heart of the city are second to none in style and sophistication. Incorporating the original features of the building into the new design, all the rooms at The Edinburgh Grand mix old and new and contemporary and traditional together with ease. The three bedroom penthouse is the pièce de résistance and offers unrivalled 360 panoramic views of Edinburgh.
Old Town Chambers
A member of the Cheval Collection, these serviced apartments are found in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic quarter – the Royal Mile. Offering accommodation for individuals and groups of all sizes, guests can choose between studios, penthouses and even a townhouse. A mix of old and new, the decor is plush, and the views are stunning. Some apartments include rolltop baths and balconies, but all are dog-friendly. There’s no restaurant on-site. However breakfast and dine inboxes are provided via the Chambers’ culinary partner, local specialist fine delicatessen, Valvona & Crolla. And if you choose to eat out, you’ll find ample options right on the doorstep.
Stay a little further from the centre just a short taxi ride from the action, at the grand hotel, Prestonfield House. Arguably the most opulent and decadent address in the area, here peacocks roam the manicured grounds, antiques fill the glamorous rooms and silver service is standard. It has a croquet lawn, putting green and even a helicopter landing area. The traditional afternoon tea is a Prestonfield highlight, taken by a roaring fire, in rose-filled gardens or in the gothic tea house. And its destination restaurant, Rhubarb, featured fine Scottish cuisine. Its 23 bedrooms are romantic and theatrically decorated, making it ideal for a romantic getaway.
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.
Norton House Hotel
This gorgeous country house hotel, takes visitors a little further afield. It’s 20 minutes from the city centre but offers close proximity to the airport, which is a few minutes by car. Set on 55 acres of grounds, the 19th-century building is flanked by mature trees and fields, giving a true sense of escape. Popular for weddings, couples’ breaks and spa days, it’s also dog-friendly. Norton House has 83 bedrooms (a mix of doubles, feature doubles and fabulous suites ranging in size, check out their Kingdom Suite), a brasserie, a conservatory lounge and both alfresco and private dining options.