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Boutique hotels in Edinburgh and The Lothians (4)


World renowned for its historic Royal Mile and castle, attractive cityscape and international arts festivals, the Scottish capital is a great choice for a city break. We have a handful of boutique hotels in Edinburgh, Scotland for you to choose from, each one special and unique. For romance, stay at Edinburgh boutique hotel Ardmor House, a gay owned, straight friendly, 5-room restored Victorian house opposite Pilrig Park and only 15 minutes from the shops on Princes Street. For affordable luxury try Brooks Hotel Edinburgh situated in the financial district, or for a gourmet experience, check out Prestonfield, a 17th-century mansion on a 20 acre country estate, just 10 minutes drive from the centre of Edinburgh. Be sure to eat at Rhubarb, the hotel’s excellent restaurant, at least once during your stay. They serve a traditional afternoon tea and for dinner, mains such as roast red grouse accompanied by a choice of around 1000 wines from the wine cellar. Whichever of these boutique hotels in Edinburgh you choose, you won't be disappointed.

What to do and see in Edinburgh

As well as Edinburgh Castle (don’t miss the Crown Room where the Scottish Crown Jewels are kept or the One O’clock gun fire which happens almost daily), you should also make the steep climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat in central Holyrood Park for views of the city and across the Firth of Forth. The park is adjacent to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Scottish residence and the new Scottish Parliament. Book tickets to see Members of Parliament in action in the debating chamber or, when parliament is in access, join a free tour to learn about Scotland political history.

Multrees Walk and St Andrews Square should be your first port of call for shopping. They are both packed with designer labels and stores such as Harvey Nichols and Jenners, Edinburgh’s original department store. You’ll find all your high street hits on Princes Street, Scottish themed gifts on the Royal Mile and Grassmarket and second hand stores and galleries in Stockbridge, in the New Town.

Anyone keen on culture will want to visit the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. It’s also worth checking in advance to see if any of Edinburgh’s arts festivals - the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh Book Festival and the Edinburgh International Science Festival, to name a few  - are happening during your visit. Outdoors, the Royal Botanic Gardens and East Lothian’s unspoilt coastline awaits.

Where to eat

Stop off at the farmers market, held every Saturday on Castle Terrace to pick up fresh produce or head to Valvona & Crolla, a renowned delicatessen and cafe. If you’re feeling peckish, The Manna House, a traditional French patisserie or the Elephant House (made famous as the cafe where JK Rowling penned the first of the Harry Potter novels) are both good pit stops. Edinburgh is also home to many fine dining restaurants, including The Kitchin, run by chef Tom Kitchin which offers a modern British, seasonal menu and Restaurant Martin Wishart and The Honours, both of which have chef Martin Wishart at the helm.


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edinburgh, united kingdom

A home from home, Gayfield Square Apartment is a luxury self-catering gem in a charmingly restored house in Edinburgh's Georgian New Town. Minutes from the lively Broughton Street area, this is a great pad from which to explore the lively city.


edinburgh, united kingdom

Voted one of the best 101 Hotels in the World by Tatler. A luxury country house hotel, Prestonfield has captured all its original magnificence and provides the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.


musselburgh, united kingdom

Carberry Tower is a luxury boutique hotel set within 35 acres of parkland, just 15 minutes from Edinburgh. With the newly refurbished library, brand new bedroom suites and new bar Carberry Tower offers all of the luxuries you would expect from a traditional Scottish Castle Hotel.


edinburgh, united kingdom

Brooks Hotel Edinburgh is a newly refurbished boutique hotel in the financial district of Edinburgh just 5 minute walk from the Haymarket train station and less than 15 minutes walk from Princes Street. This family run Chic Retreat offers guests affordable luxury for those wanting to explore this historical city.


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