As one of Edinburgh’s premier hotel, this four star offering is well located close to Princes Street and many of the top tourist attractions making it an obvious choice for tourists. That said, it also caters well for its business guests having a first class professional business suite with meeting and conference rooms and the full range of equipment any meeting or event could need to ensure it goes swimmingly. There is also a fully stocked DVD library on site, along with a gym, indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna to help you relax at the end of a long day. The 24 hour reception and concierge are exceedingly helpful and express check in/out is available, as is a night porter and room service. Safety deposit boxes are available free of charge and WiFi is fee to use in the public areas.
All the stylish guest rooms are designed with your comfort in mind and feature air conditioning, cable TV, complimentary toiletries in the en suite bathroom, complimentary mineral water, a CD/DVD player, daily housekeeping, tea and coffee making facilities, a work desk with a lamp and high speed internet connection, a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board and telephone.
Our top picks in the local area
A bizarre combination of Police Station and Museum wait for you when you enter the Police Information Centre with probably some of the weirdest exhibits you will ever see. Remnants of police cases past including artefacts made from the preserved skin from the infamous grave robber William Burke.
The beautiful 17th century Royal Botanic Gardens is a welcome green breathing space when you need some time out from a busy day. The heady scents and delightful wildflowers of the Chinese Garden are well worth a ramble amongst, and while you are there take five in the T’ing – a traditional and serene Chinese garden pavilion
Macsweens of Edinburgh are the makers of that quintessential Scottish fare – the Haggis. No one should leave Edinburgh without trying some of this delicacy which is sold locally in most delis. And if you vegetarians thought you got off lightly, hold on! There is now a vegetarian version too.
For high quality, designer menswear then there is only one place to head to, Crombie. Established in 1805, this essential gentleman’s outfitter sells quality clothes and accessories such as cravats and cummerbunds and has recently made the foray into selling a ladies version of their classic Crombie coat. The clothes here should make you feel like a royal dandy, but remember to take deep pockets.
For eating out
An epicureans’ delight, the cheese on sale at IJ Mellis Cheesemonger will literally blow your senses. From the waft outside to the full on aroma once you step foot inside, this establishment is a must for any true foodie. Locally produced and European cheeses are sold side by side and the staff are happy for you to try before you buy. Why not stock up on a selection of your favourites plus some of the accompaniments such as bread and chutney and head off with friends for an alfresco dining experience? It will not disappoint!
The Opal Lounge is a stylish club with a respectably good selection of in house DJ’s and live music. The impeccable decor makes this a venue for the young, discerning crowd to hang out in and VIP packages are very popular, especially for large groups and occasions.