Perfect for exploring Edinburgh though hard to find as it really is hidden away. The entrance does not do justice to what is waiting for you when you get out of the lift into the hotel.
There are 65 guest rooms, including the two deluxe suites (one of which has its own private Jacuzzi, sauna and a lounge area with floor to ceiling windows and views over the roof terrace I keep talking about). Ask for a room overlooking the terrace as this is the quiet side of the hotel.
The hotel is not open to non-residents so there are no public areas to speak of. There isn't a restaurant, just the snug where there's an honesty bar.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is continental-style so if you want something cooked you will pay well for it. There is 24 hour food and drink service available to your room but no restaurant.
The snug has an honesty bar where you help yourself and note down what you have consumed, which is a nice touch in these cynical days.
You get personalised business cards on arrival with the hotel's private direct phone number. As I say, very James Bond.
Who stays there
The well-heeled, shoppers, couples, singles, design fans, oh and theatre goers as The Edinburgh Playhouse is right next door.
WiFi is complimentary for one hour a day, after that £15 for 24 hours.
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- That roof terrace
- Quiet hotel - there will be no raucous carry-ons here
- One hour's free WiFi then charged £15 per day
- Non residents not allowed so no local banter