Wallace Arthouse Scotland

41 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH5 7BG

Price from: £95

Wallace's Arthouse is within this building

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#18 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
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Bedrooms:
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Eating/drinking:
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Public areas:
4.1
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Leisure facilities:
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Service:
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Value for money:
4.5
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Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Trendiness

Expert review of Wallace Arthouse Scotland

Stylish B&B within historic Leith Assembly Rooms.

Knocking on the door at Wallace's B&B you do wonder if you are in the right place. Although part of Leith Assembly Rooms, you do need to have enough puff to get up two flights of stairs in this communal stairwell to get to your destination. As the door swings open and you are warmly welcomed by your smiling host into a bright and light wide hallway, all misgivings disperse.

Stripped wooden floors, white walls, changing art on the walls and sparse one-off pieces of furniture give an immediate impression of a man who knows all about aesthetics - but not in a pretentious way, don't worry. 

Location: 

Constitution Street is in the centre of Leith, the waterfront area of Edinburgh. This is an area buzzing with restaurants. It's thirty minutes from the centre of Edinburgh by foot, 10 minutes by taxi/bus and yet within 5 minutes from here you can walk to two Michelin starred restaurants and at least a dozen other places to eat. One of the most characterful bars in the city, The Port of Leith, is on the same street so you might be far from the madding crowd but you are certainly not far from plenty of action if that's what you like.

As an aside, Wallace is the only person I have met looking forward to the Edinburgh Trams starting as they will literally stop outside his door. Don't hold your breath though - this will be a wee while yet.

Bedrooms: 

Just two rooms: both have large comfortable beds, white being the predominant backdrop. The room to the north has a wardrobe straight out of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. Ensuite shower rooms are cleverly tucked away. The room to the south's shower room is hidden in a wardrobe designed by Wallace. Nice touches include light robes, fresh flowers and fruit.

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Public areas: 

The lounge continues with the white theme, but I must stress this is not cold, stark white, it is just the backdrop for comfortable couches, squishy chairs and more great pictures and pieces of art. There is a flat screen TV in here too, plus ample room to just collapse and recharge your battery.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast is served on the old wooden refectory style table in the sleek white kitchen. Wallace makes a point of producing local goodies such as lemon curd, jams and marmalades, potato scones and fresh (sometimes homemade) bread to reflect Scotland in his breakfasts.

Service: 

Wallace is a well informed, friendly host who is a great ambassador for the city and will set you on the right track, no matter what you want to do during your stay. Having lived all over the world, including New York, Italy and the far east, his wide experience of life, the universe and everything else makes him a great sounding board when it comes to planning your time here. As I say, a people person.

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Who stays there: 

Chilled, laid back art lovers.

Pros: 
Wallace!
As far from a faceless hotel as you can get
Proximity to some great restaurants including two with Michelin stars
Cons: 
20 minute walk/10 minute taxi to the centre of the city
Only two rooms
Minimum two night stay
Two flights of stairs and no lift

More information on Wallace Arthouse Scotland:

Price from:
£95
Type:
Bed & Breakfast
Address:
41 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH5 7BG
Neighbourhood:
Leith

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