Boutique Hotels cater to the individual needs of their clients by giving full service accommodation, round the clock room service and focusing more on intimate and comfortable setting rather than gadgetry. Edinburgh has its few but extravagant boutique hotels. Here is a short list to guide you through your stay in the city with style.
Hidden in the Edinburgh’s old town inside a cluster of buildings, this is one of the most romantic places to stay. Definitely not meant for single travelers as these eight indulgent suites(Vestry, Sempill, Old rectory, Library, Inner Sanctum, Heriot, Guardroom and Armoury) has a riot of red, gold and black décor with wooden paneling, roll top bath for two, lavishly draped four-poster bed, separate sitting room and dining room. Truly gothic and romantic.
Just four super luxury suites and a very long waiting list. This is 21212 by Michelin-starred Paul Kitching who converted a townhouse into a restaurant with rooms. Each room is styled with a different theme giving panoramic views of the city of Edinburgh and the well maintained gardens at the rear of the hotel. They are also fitted with a plasma television and internet connection with a very relaxed and calming atmosphere.
Located just off the Royal Mile, this luxury hotel with its bold black and white designs and geometric patterns offers a sensory experience. The suites, offering exceptional view of the city, has a faultless interiors complete with opulent dining, lounge and sleeping quarters. The cucina, the bar and the spa are other attraction of this place.
It’s like living in a fantasy– the rich fabrics, the dark colored walls, the antique furniture, the elegant tapestry hung over the ever romantic four poster bed with the view of the parkland and Authur’s seat. These opulent suites have become a trademark of royalty.
This is one of the first houses to be listed as a world heritage. The Five double rooms are spacious, airy, floor to ceiling windows with the view of the Royal circus gardens, queen sized beds and marble and wood bathrooms including L’Occitane toiletries. This B&B has a pool in the games room, a baby grand piano, a retro bar and enough of other facilities to spend time, though there is no restaurant at the hotel.
Aristycrata. Spanish for Aristocracy is the only word that comes to the mind while staying at this A-listed Georgian building. The suites welcome you with the sweet smell of fresh flowers alongside organic fruits and the walls are adorned with the best of art work. The king-sized beds with sumptuous pillows, the walk-in wet rooms and baths complete with luxury toiletries, the well stocked mini-bar will take you to a higher level of opulence never experienced before.
This is truly a theme based hotel, in the sense that the suites are designed after the name given to it. Like Barcelona designed in the true Bohemian style overlooking the Rose Street. The walls of the Beijing suite are hand painted with the Chinese dragons. The night club is called Shanghai. You could have a luncheon at Vienna or a romantic dinner at Paris. It is truly a global experience.
Located at the west end of Edinburgh, at a very convenient location, it is a 5 minute walk from Princes Street. Extensive use of contemporary art and photography makes the environment welcoming and upbeat. There are 48 rooms to choose from of which the most talked about room with the Edwardian copper bathtub is always occupied.
Winners of many awards this five star hotel is housed behind the façade of the 150 year old Lady Glenorchy church. It does not have a restaurant or a bar but 24- hour room service breakfast served in bed and many options available nearby it goes unnoticed. The lavender-scented two-acre roof garden overlooking the city will feel like a shot of adrenaline.
It has the elegance of the Georgian age blended perfectly with modern technology. Lack being the main stay of the entire hotel from the carpets to the bar and restaurant chairs to the antique Chinese furniture in the suites. Though no one is complaining as the location and ambience softens the effect.