The Very Best of Edinburghs Boutique Hotels

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a city rich in medieval heritage, stately castles and cobblestone streets. This gorgeous city offers tourists a range of attractions such as museums and historic buildings. Did you know that you can literally take a pub tour? Edinburgh is also home to countless accommodation options ranging from luxe to budget. Boutique hotels are particularly charming, giving the city’s accommodation industry a reputation of flamboyance and style. Are you planning your getaway? Here are the boutique hotels in Edinburgh that are Top 5 according to the Scotsman.

The Rutland Hotel

This is a magnificent Georgian house that has been converted into a luxury boutique hotel. This 21st century property has a family-friendly apartment, 12 rooms and a bovine themed steakhouse. Strategically placed at the heart of the city’s West End, The Rutland Hotel is right next to the Financial District and the bustling Princes Street.

The glitzy boutique hotel features a chic bar that remains vibrant and noisy into the early morning and the rooms feature heavy soundproofing, silver painted chairs and a spectacular view of the Edinburgh castle. On arrival, guests are served home baked muffins; breakfast features plenty of Scottish fare. It is a quiet hotel which is in a perfect location, especially for those who want to visit the city.

The Glasshouse

The Glasshouse is one Edinburgh’s unique boutique hotels, situated at the top of Leith Walk behind the 150 year old church façade. The hotel features no bars or restaurants, though it has a dining room where breakfast is served. 

The hotel has 66 tastefully furnished rooms and suites featuring downy duvets, ceiling to floor windows overlooking the city or the lavender-swathed roof garden. Each suite features a complimentary whisky decanter in case one is in the mood for a fancy time. This is a good place to stay when planning on checking out as many Edinburgh tourism as you possibly can.

The Dunstane House

If you are an enthusiast of the grand Victorian style, you will enjoy your stay at the Dunstane. The hotel features a set of two properties facing each other. The pair of boutique hotels is 15 minutes’ walk from the city center and within a few yards of the Haymarket Railway station. Edinburgh Airport is only 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel. There is an on-site free private car park and the hotel is near the bus stop which gives guests easy access to the bus links for city tours. 

The majestic Victorian property, which was put up in 1852, still features it original amenities, including real open fireplaces. The rooms, which are individually decorated, feature Molton Brown toiletries, luxury Egyptian cotton sheets, coffee/tea trays with Tunnock Teacakes, flat screen TVs among other amenities. The Dunstane House also houses award winning restaurants and well equipped bars. 

The Prestonfield

This is one of Edinburgh’s most opulent hotels; it was once home to Edinburgh’s Lord Provosts. This glamorous hideaway has exceptional historic credentials that come with a quirky claim to fame. It enjoys good ratings on Tripadvisor.

The facility has 18 rooms and 5 suites which are flamboyantly decorated to ooze indulgence and sensuality. The guest rooms overlook Arthur’s Seat, which gives the property the feel of a country estate. The hotel is a 5 minute hop to the city center by taxis, which are readily available. 

The Chester Residence

This is where the luxury of a five star hotel and the freedom of a serviced apartment marry well. The Chester House features enviably decorated apartments equipped with a range of luxury toiletries, fluffy cotton robes, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and a good selection of DVDs for those who want a cozy night in. The rooms feature textured wallpaper, designer furnishings by Armani and Louis Vuitton and low mood lighting for the perfect ambience.

The apartments, which are either one or two bedrooms, are classified as Penthouse, Grand or Classic depending on the amenities therein. Each apartment, however, features a fully appointed kitchen, a Nespresso machine, rainfall shower, hair drier and ironing board. Twin rooms can be arranged on request. 

 The Tigerlily Hotel

The Tigerlily has its home in a thoroughly modern yet historic Georgian townhouse. The stylish property has 33 tastefully furnished rooms, a lobby, a bar and a restaurant. The rooms feature flat screen TVs, pre-loaded iPods, wooden floors and designer furnishings that bring out a contemporary style. The high end plush furnishings mostly feature bold patterns and bright colors. The décor is completed by flowers, upscale toiletries and sleek bath areas.

The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to shops, city attractions and other restaurants.

Parting Shot

Edinburgh is home to an inexhaustible list of classy boutique hotels to cater to a range of clients from luxurious to those on a strict budget. The facilities are tastefully furnished, and feature reputable toiletries and posh amenities. When looking for the perfect place to stay while in Edinburgh, consider the location and proximity to your preferred destinations, the price as well as the amenities offered.


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