From Princes Street a walk over the Dean Bridge to Edinburgh's residential West End takes no more than seven minutes.
There are 41 bedrooms in all. Redecorated a few years ago, they are done out in warm reds and golds with big comfy beds, free internet access and pristine white en-suites. Ask for north facing rooms for some cracking views right across the water to Fife. On a clear day you will see forever, or at least as far as the Firth of Forth and the Forth Rail Bridge. The huge gothic pile you will also see to the north is Fettes College - some say the inspiration for J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts. That is of course conjecture, what is fact is that ex Prime Minister Tony Blair was educated there.
A lounge area beside reception and the bar and restaurant in the lower ground are the main areas - with the sun terrace usable about three weeks a year.
Eating and drinking
Bar in the lower ground is perfectly adequate and the bar food pretty good. The restaurant is quite formal comparatively but the chef knows what she is doing.
Very friendly and informed.
Who stays there
Couples, the older traveller, shoppers, parents (well, mine did and loved it).
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Friendly, atmosphere
- Peaceful location
- Stairs up to the entrance - not wheelchair-friendly
- Bar lacks real atmosphere
- Parking is a pain in the neck around here