Elevated position at the top of North Bridge overlooking Princes Street Gardens and the city beyond. Edinburgh’s Medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town are moments from here as are a myriad bars and restaurants.
As this is not a purpose built hotel, bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes. Some are split-level, some large, others small and unusally shaped. They certainly aren't character-free boxes. The Scotsman sourced more than 45 different Scottish tweeds, which lend an authentic and contemporary feel to the whole place. There are 56 guests rooms and 13 suites; the result is an intimate-feeling hotel about as far from a chain as you can get.
The Brasserie, plus a 46-seat private cinema which opens on Sunday nights, the Escape Health Club and wonderful Thalgo spa.
Eating and drinking
North Bridge Brasserie was relaunched in 2008 and is a huge, sophisticated space with great bistro-style food. Open 11am-1am daily. The wood panels and marble pillars leave you in no doubt of the history of the building. It's a great place for a cocktail before you head out on the town, or a bloody mary the following day.
The breakfasts are award-winning so go for the B&B option!
Escape Health Club with aerobic studios, a huge gym, juice bar and 16.5 metre stainless steel pool. You also get the UK's flagship urban Thalgo spa. The private cinema is a quirky idea: you can watch a film with popcorn and cocktails. Nice. Open on Sunday nights only.
Efficient and friendly.
Who stays there
Shoppers, foodies, couples, the girls on a weekend away, singles, party animals.
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Can be confusing to navigate corridors and rooms