In the middle of the best shopping street in Edinburgh and surrounded by excellent bars and restaurants with good views to boot. Perfect. Edinburgh Waverley Train Station is a quick walk away.
Each of the 249 rooms has a plasma TV and broadband. They've all been recently done out in aubergines, creams and taupes: elegant and well thought out. Ask for a south facing room as chances are you'll look out over Edinburgh Castle. To the north you'll see over the Firth of Forth to Fife, so either way you won't suffer.
The Tempus bar is popular with locals as well as residents; it's the obvious place to meet up with friends or read the paper whilst your other half gets ready.
Eating and drinking
The aforementioned Tempus is a great cocktail bar with a good atmosphere. You can also dine here and the Sunday lunches are well worth indulging in. Lofty ceilings and chandeliers are evidence of the historical building which marries well with the more modern touches of dark wood floor, glass, mirrored surfaces and leather booths. There is outside seating on George Street when the weather allows, which is great for people watching.
Relaxed, friendly and informative.
Who stays there
Singles, couples, business people, sightseers, party animals and serious shoppers.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Great bar that is popular with locals too
- Some rooms not as well appointed as others