On the corner of Princes Street, which is Edinburgh's main street. You can gaze at the castle from the windows; Princes Street Gardens are directly across the road; and every shop you could think of is on the doorstep. There is a taxi rank outside and you are on all the main bus routes too. The airport bus also goes right past the door.
There's no part of The Rutland that hasn't been well thought out. The bedrooms are luxurious, the furniture - predominantly white - is set off by the rich-coloured upholstery and bedheads. Touchy feely fabric and lots of mirrored surfaces ensure a luxury feel.
The bar on the ground floor is where breakfast, lunch and coffee are served to guests and the public too. The windows look out onto Princes Street so it's great for people watching.
The One Below is the glam club/bar below ground level. It's all leather, dark and flashes of mirror. You can imagine Al Pacino lounging on one of the exotically-upholstered booths.They even have an i-bar which changes the bar surface with lights and effects. Beware...after a few drinks this can become addictive to stare at.
Eating and drinking
Restaurant at The Rutland is on the first floor giving elevated views across the city and serves great food. The feeling is one of 80s' glamour. The award-winning chef creates great food using locally-sourced ingredients. Materials include dark red, glass, chrome and long strings of glass baubles, which catch the light and look great (but you know, must be horrendous to dust!) Try to book table 201, which is circular and looks down the entire length of Princes Street giving you a memorable view of Edinburgh Castle.
Casual, efficient, friendly and helpful.
Who stays there
Fashion-conscious shopaholics who like to party. With bedrooms like these people who also like a long sleep.
Note: in Edinburgh the rugby international weekends elevate demand and prices hugely.
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Great restaurant
- Country lovers will hate it
- In the heart of West End - might be noisy on Saturday nights