Edinburgh is fortunate enough to host a plethora of sumptuous hotels envied the world over. From large recognisable chains to intimate boutique hideaways – if you seek luxury you came to the right place. Here are a few favourites to whet your appetite.
G & V Royal Mile Hotel – 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD
Situated in the heart of the capital close to Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and many of the city’s best tourist attractions – G & V offers contemporary accommodation with a boutique feel. Their 136 designer rooms offer everything from ipod docking stations to nespresso machines, the décor has such design flair and attention to detail you feel you are stepping into a luxury interiors magazine spread. A state of the art gymnasium, myriad spa treatments and an award winning Italian restaurant in the hotel ensures you have everything here to escape the buzz of city life. Perfect for romantic getaways, special occasions and sightseeing, G & V Royal Mile Hotel is a haven of peace and tranquillity in the centre of the city.
Malmaison Edinburgh – 1 Tower Place, Edinburgh EH6 7BZ
Malmaison hotels are synonymous with plush design and excellent bistro restaurants. Built in 1883 Malmaison Edinburgh sits in the Leith area close to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The hotel used to be an infamous house of ill-repute, yet today it boasts 100 luxurious suites and rooms with spectacular harbour views. Just 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street this is the perfect hotel to escape the city centre and unwind in a district with gastro pubs, wine bars and independent artisan shops on your doorstep.
The George Hotel – 19-21 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PB
The George is an Edinburgh institution, situated on George street where upmarket fashion and wine bars reside, this hotel has something for everyone. The rooms have been recently refurbished with a Scottish heritage design, bringing this hotel to the back to the forefront of Edinburgh accommodations. The Printing Press restaurant hosts an excellent Sunday roast carvery and the bar is warm and inviting with a traditional Scottish welcome. This hotel caters to couples and is great for families.
Le Monde – 16 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PF
Le Monde claims to be one of Edinburgh’s trendiest hotels. A boutique hotel with just 18 exclusively designed rooms, Le Monde is everything you expect it to be. The rooms are all named after cities of the world as the hotel name suggests, each room design incorporates traits, architectural details and colour palettes of the said cities. In addition to fabulous rooms and a central location, Le Monde has three bars which attract Edinburgh’s elite: The Sky Bar, The Library Bar and Dirty Martini. It also hosts the Shanghai club one of the city’s top nightspots.
The Balmoral – 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ
The Balmoral showcases Scottish tradition at its very best. With an address of No. 1 Princes Street it is the first hotel you see as you enter the main shopping street from Edinburgh Waverley Station. The Balmoral Hotel bridges the old and new towns of the city. Number One is their Michelin star restaurant which offers a multitude of culinary masterpieces using locally procured produce. Be prepared for kilted doormen, a large single malt Scotch whisky collection in the hotel bar and tartan accents throughout. The Balmoral has been a resident here for over a century, and they know exactly how to show visitors a good time in Edinburgh.
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian – Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Set in the heart of Princes Street – you have the best views of Edinburgh Castle from the hotel. The perfect base to discover the attractions of the Royal Mile and the old town, this hotel is a winner in every sense. The rooms showcase crisp white linens and clean lines, a sophisticated simple elegance with a traditional twist. The hotel spa allows you to relax and unwind after a busy day exploring, and the French style brasserie offers all day dining if you feel a little peckish. Peacock Alley is perfect for traditional Scottish afternoon tea and social interaction. The Waldorf Astoria – The Caledonian brings class, sophistication and harmony to central Edinburgh.