St. Giles Street is virtually on The Royal Mile aka The High Street. So the location is stunning. Outside you are in the heart of Edinburgh's medieval old town with its myriad restaurants, bars and cultural high spots. It's no more than a five minute walk to Waverely Station and it's all downhill. The panoramic views from this location are quite something.
Cream, taupe, duck egg blue, wood, leather, elegant, timeless style. Every room, even the standard, has its own shiny white, modern, chi chi kitchenette and, depending which room you go for, will have increasingly more sophisticated equipment. The standard room has a microwave, toaster, cutlery, glasses and crockery. There's a flat screen TV and iPod docking: the whole jing bang (A Scottish phrase meaning "everything").
The best suite is the Princes Suite – you get a panoramic view of Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street and Firth of Forth, original sash and stained glass windows, open plan living, original features, mood lighting, walk-in mirrored wardrobe, very unique design, bath robes and slippers.
The lounge area on the ground floor next to reception is a nice quiet area to have cup of tea or coffee. There's also a laundry area in the basement with washing machines and tumble driers for use.
Eating and drinking
The Glasshouse Off The Mile is the in-house restaurant headed up by Chef Steven Adair; it has a great reputation for food in the city. This is also where you have breakfast and of course it is open for lunch and dinner too. It is popular with the locals so booking is advised.
A well equipped gym which has the tortuous equipment you could hope for. All the usual cardio, weights etc.
The company that owns the Fraser Suites is Singaporean and their ethos on service is very much in evidence, it is top drawer. If you call ahead they will organise a full shop for you and add it to your bill at the end of your stay.
Who stays there
Business travellers fed up of faceless, characterless hotels; families who want to have more freedom than a traditional hotel offers; couples; the girls; the boys; people who love the idea of a medieval city but like to enjoy it from the luxury of their own city pad; and singles who want to cater for themselves and be within a step of the buzzy city.
WiFi as an extra is rare in this day and age. It costs £3 for an hour; £10 for 24 hours; £20 for a week.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Independent living in luxury with 5* hotel facilities
- Location in heart of Old Town on The Royal Mile
- Singapore level service in Scotland
- Have to pay for WiFi