20 Albany Street

20 Albany Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 3QB

Price from: £109

Drawing Room

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#17 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
4.4
4.4
Bedrooms:
4.3
4.3
Eating/drinking:
4.1
4.1
Public areas:
4
4.0
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Nightlife, Romance, Shopping

Expert review of 20 Albany Street

Elegant luxury in a house in New Town.

The architecture of this house is stunning. A sweeping staircases dominates the hall and is set off by the tasteful, understated and classic pieces of furniture. You could do a lot worse than to tuck in here for a couple of nights.

Location: 

New Town's Albany Street is a residential street parallel to Queen Street and a great spot for Broughton Street's busy bars, restaurant and gay scene as well as less than five minutes to George Street/Princes Street and Harvey Nichols – need I say more?

Bedrooms: 

You'll find two luxurious guest suites with huge beds, solid dark wood headboards, floor to ceiling drapes, and drop dead gorgeous ensuites. The Robert Adam suite with black claw foot bath and metal sculpture on the wall has to get the jaw dropping award here.

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Public areas: 

Unusually for a B&B there are two public rooms for guests.

Complimentary afternoon tea when you arrive complete with a wee dram (whisky) served in the super comfy drawing room  Large leather wing-backed chairs, an open fire, fresh flowers and sumptuous drapes: traditional modern and tastefully done.

On the ground floor is an elegant lounge as an alternative place to flop and contemplate.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast is done well here. You have a choice of continental or cooked and for an extra charge you can invite non residents to join you at £10 a head. A nice touch is a daily Scottish fish choice. Your host Denise is happy to prepare anything on request and does a mean smoked haddock kedgeree surely the best hangover cure in Europe. She will happily cater for anyone with any particular dietry requirements for example recently a Vegan couple form Bombay had  their own personal menu prepared by Denise each day.

Service: 

Denise cares a lot. She is welcoming, enthusiastic annd eager to make sure guests have everything they like. She is a great host who just wants to make sure you have the best possible stay.

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Who stays there: 

Sophisticated travellers of all ages who value the personal touch.

Pros: 
Comfort and class
Elegant townhouse and so central
Denise the lovely host
Cons: 
No lift if you're not too hot on your pins

More information on 20 Albany Street:

Price from:
£109
Type:
Bed & Breakfast
Address:
20 Albany Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 3QB
Free tags / Keywords:
Elegant, traditional, townhouse
Neighbourhood:
Central Edinburgh

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