Christopher North Hotel

6 Gloucester Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 6EF

Price from: £79

Jacuzzi suite - you can see it in the background

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#12 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
4.3
4.3
Public areas:
0
N/A
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Nightlife, Romance, Shopping

Expert review of Christopher North Hotel

Indulgent elegance in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town.

The Christopher North Hotel is an unexpectedly glamorous departure from the formalities of the Georgian terrace in which it sits. Black striped carpets, velvet chandeliers, black lacquered furnishing, Philippe Starck bathrooms, beds the size of a six-man yacht and large stone statues ensure this hotel makes a statement.

Louise, the proprietor, has decorated The Christopher North and Number Ten (only two doors down) in her own inimitable style. Dramatic swathes, tactile throws, marble and stone paint effect on walls. This is Glamour with a capital G.

Location: 

Excellent; a two minute walk from Princes Street and two minutes to Stockbridge. Easy access for the business and pleasure crowd, though staying here it really should be pleasure.

Bedrooms: 

Black lacquer, huge padded headboards in bold stripes and floor length drapes with swags and tails. Colours are soothing creams, taupes and camels juxtaposed with bold use of black. Three rooms have access to the garden to the rear of the building but either side of the hotel your views are pure Edinburgh.

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Eating and drinking: 

Mozart Kaffee Haus is situated at No. 6 is where breakfast is served. It's a large room with more drama, including a black lacquered bar. At night this room would be charming but first thing in the morning it's a little incongruous for a coffee and croissant. However, sunglasses should do the job. Mozart Kaffee Haus is open every night except Monday for dinner but you are within striking distance of many other options if you want to go further afield. The dinner menu offers a good selection of robust Scottish fare such as cullen skink, cock-a-leekie soup, haggis, rib eye steak, salmon, borders lamb and the like. One course is £15, you get two for £20, three for £24.

Service: 

There are black-uniformed staff to look after you and the proprietor herself is very hands on; the service is smiling all the way.

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Who stays there: 

Those who enjoy the finer things in life. Most likely a sophisiticated older crowd who love good food, wine and relaxation.

Pros: 
Glamorous sanctuary in town
Location
Cons: 
Maybe a little dark for some
Dining room a bit OTT for breakfast

More information on Christopher North Hotel:

Price from:
£79
Type:
Hotel
Address:
6 Gloucester Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 6EF
Free tags / Keywords:
Glamorous, Georgian, townhouse
Neighbourhood:
Central

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