West End, overlooking the castle in Princes Street. Shops, restaurants, entertainment and culture on your doorstep.
This is a Hilton so the bedrooms are not full of old characterful furnishing as you might expect from the facade of this historical building. In my opinion though you get the best of both worlds: high ceilings, chandeliers and grandeur in the public rooms but the bedrooms are bright, well designed and modern. The hotel is great for kids and has interconnecting rooms on offer as well as lots of facilities to keep the wee ones happy, including inhouse movies, kids' menus and a pool.
Grand entrance hall with sweeping staircase and light fittings the size of the average flat. The halls and foyer of this hotel make a bold statement of a long gone era.
Eating and drinking
Dining in The Pompadour restaurant is an experience. Formal and rather reminiscent of another era, the establishment has an excellent and well deserved reputation.
Chisholms is the day-to-day inhouse restaurant where you can eat overlooking old platform from the long gone train station.
Henry J. Beans is part of the hotel, though you enter it from a separate door on the street making it accessible for locals too. It's an American-style diner with booths and bar stools. American style food and an extensive cocktail list.
The Caley bar has lost some atmosphere since Hilton took it over but has a dazzling choice of whisky - when in Rome?
Living Well Spa with 12.5 metre pool, Jacuzzi and sauna; the gym is well equipped too. There are also Ocean Spa rooms for various treatments. All very shiny, clean and a lovely way to wind down.
Friendly, informed, eager to please.
Who stays there
Couples, groups of friends, families, those who want to get under the skin of the city and will be out shopping, eating and culture vulturing.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
Pros & Cons
- It has to be location
- Pompadour restaurant
- Big, so not for the more personal experience