The Rutland Hotel

1-3 Rutland Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2AE

Price from: £91

The Rutland

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#9 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4
4.0
Bedrooms:
4.5
4.5
Eating/drinking:
4.7
4.7
Public areas:
4.7
4.7
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Foodies, Singles, Nightlife, Shopping

Expert review of The Rutland Hotel

The Rutland is shiny, sexy and in the heart of the city.

The Rutland sits in the West End of Edinburgh on Princes Street with great views of the castle. A traditional exterior belies the funky interior and the lively bar, club and restaurant makes The Rutland a favourite with locals as well as residents. Cutting edge design gives The Rutland the wow factor, as does the fact you are within spitting distance of the best shopping street in the city and a plethora of bars and restaurants.

Location: 

On the corner of Princes Street, which is Edinburgh's main street. You can gaze at the castle from the windows; Princes Street Gardens are directly across the road; and every shop you could think of is on the doorstep. There is a taxi rank outside and you are on all the main bus routes too. The airport bus also goes right past the door.

Bedrooms: 

There's no part of The Rutland that hasn't been well thought out. The bedrooms are luxurious, the furniture - predominantly white - is set off by the rich-coloured upholstery and bedheads. Touchy feely fabric and lots of mirrored surfaces ensure a luxury feel.

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Public areas: 

The bar on the ground floor is where breakfast, lunch and coffee are served to guests and the public too. The windows look out onto Princes Street so it's great for people watching. 

The One Below is the glam club/bar below ground level. It's all leather, dark and flashes of mirror. You can imagine Al Pacino lounging on one of the exotically-upholstered booths.They even have an i-bar which changes the bar surface with lights and effects. Beware...after a few drinks this can become addictive to stare at.

Eating and drinking: 

Restaurant at The Rutland is on the first floor giving elevated views across the city and serves great food. The feeling is one of 80s' glamour. The award-winning chef creates great food using locally-sourced ingredients. Materials include dark red, glass, chrome and long strings of glass baubles, which catch the light and look great (but you know, must be horrendous to dust!) Try to book table 201, which is circular and looks down the entire length of Princes Street giving you a memorable view of Edinburgh Castle.

Service: 

Casual, efficient, friendly and helpful.

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Who stays there: 

Fashion-conscious shopaholics who like to party. With bedrooms like these people who also like a long sleep.

Price advice: 

Note: in Edinburgh the rugby international weekends elevate demand and prices hugely.

Pros: 
Location
Great restaurant
Cons: 
Country lovers will hate it
In the heart of West End - might be noisy on Saturday nights

More information on The Rutland Hotel:

Price from:
£91
Type:
Hotel
Address:
1-3 Rutland Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2AE
Free tags / Keywords:
west end, party animals, trendy
Amenities:
Room Service, High-Speed Internet

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Community comments (1)

The bar/restaurant on the first floor reopened as a steak restaurant in 2011. Very good as I write which is Nov. 2011.
Unable to edit the copy here, as Simonseeks no longer in business.
Regards,

Alison Craig