Great King Street runs parallel to Princes Street and George Street, the most popular shopping streets in the city - though it is a good 15-minute walk downhill from the centre to the hotel. It is a wide cobbled street with Georgian townhouses lining each side, and in a predominantly residential area.
Just around the corner there are art galleries and a couple of cracking coffee shops.This is a great location if you prefer not to be in the thick of busy Edinburgh and yet only minutes away by foot.
Dublin Street is at one end of Great King Street, so all of the above applies, and St Bernards Crescent is just a few minutes' walk away. All properties have a sense of grandeur associated with this part of the city, illustrated by the exterior photo of St Bernards.
Dramatic high ceilings do not detract from the comfort of the bedrooms. Large, comfortable beds, Farrow & Ball colours, high thread count cotton sheets and covers and older pieces of furniture sit well with modern upholstery and beds.
The drawing room in Great King Street has a stripped wooden floor, three vast oatmeal sofas, muted tartan scatter cushions, a chandelier to dazzle and two huge windows overlooking Great King Street.
The St Bernards and Dublin Street properties come on a self catering basis, and are decorated with equally stylish flair. Dublin Street has a large comfy sofa which is also a king-sze bed. St. Bernards has a separate bedroom. All of them are qually luxurious and very Edinburgh.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is all that is available inhouse and only in Great King Street (Dublin Street and St Bernards Crescent are self-catering). The kitchen is light, bright and has another big comfy sofa to recline on if you like to start your day gently. The dining table is set in the window, where you can gaze out of the window as Jill whips up your meal. Expect a good choice of cereals, muesli, fresh fruit salad, Greek yoghurt, croissants, fresh bread rolls and then usually bacon, poached eggs, tomato and mushroom or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. There's a vast array of teas to slake your thirst too.
Jill is a relaxed host and knows Edinburgh very well so is an excellent sounding board for how to get where you want to go and what to do when you get there. She cooks breakfast in the kitchen at Great King Street as you sit at the dining table, which is in the same room, so it is a very personal service.
At Dublin Street and St Bernards you cook your own in their cleverly-designed kitchens.
Who stays there
Those who appreciate something personal and unique rather than a big hotel. Couples of all ages. Lovers of architecture and style.
Peak rates come into force for Hogmanay and the Edinburgh Festival.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Real experienc of what living in the city is like- in luxury of course
- Georgian Edinburgh is all around
- 15 minutes walk uphill to the centre of the city
- If in a larger party, you will be split between properties