Constitution Street is in the centre of Leith, the waterfront area of Edinburgh. This is an area buzzing with restaurants. It's thirty minutes from the centre of Edinburgh by foot, 10 minutes by taxi/bus and yet within 5 minutes from here you can walk to two Michelin starred restaurants and at least a dozen other places to eat. One of the most characterful bars in the city, The Port of Leith, is on the same street so you might be far from the madding crowd but you are certainly not far from plenty of action if that's what you like.
As an aside, Wallace is the only person I have met looking forward to the Edinburgh Trams starting as they will literally stop outside his door. Don't hold your breath though - this will be a wee while yet.
Just two rooms: both have large comfortable beds, white being the predominant backdrop. The room to the north has a wardrobe straight out of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. Ensuite shower rooms are cleverly tucked away. The room to the south's shower room is hidden in a wardrobe designed by Wallace. Nice touches include light robes, fresh flowers and fruit.
The lounge continues with the white theme, but I must stress this is not cold, stark white, it is just the backdrop for comfortable couches, squishy chairs and more great pictures and pieces of art. There is a flat screen TV in here too, plus ample room to just collapse and recharge your battery.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is served on the old wooden refectory style table in the sleek white kitchen. Wallace makes a point of producing local goodies such as lemon curd, jams and marmalades, potato scones and fresh (sometimes homemade) bread to reflect Scotland in his breakfasts.
Wallace is a well informed, friendly host who is a great ambassador for the city and will set you on the right track, no matter what you want to do during your stay. Having lived all over the world, including New York, Italy and the far east, his wide experience of life, the universe and everything else makes him a great sounding board when it comes to planning your time here. As I say, a people person.
Who stays there
Chilled, laid back art lovers.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Proximity to some great restaurants including two with Michelin stars
- As far from a faceless hotel as you can get
- 20 minute walk/10 minute taxi to the centre of the city
- Two flights of stairs and no lift
- Only two rooms
- Minimum two night stay