Those who like the personal touch will love our Top 5 best boutique hotels in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh’s landmark hotels are wonderful, but if you’re looking for something more understated and personal, you could do a lot worse than peruse our Top 5 list of the best boutique hotels in Edinburgh.
If you’re looking for a particularly exclusive Edinburgh hotel 21212 on Royal Terrace is guaranteed to tick the boxes.
There are only four bedrooms, each with their own private lounge area, views of the gardens to the rear and all the way across to the Firth of Forth on a clear day from the front.
The ground floor is home to Michelin starred Edinburgh restaurant 21212 (read our review here) where true foodies will delight in being able luxuriate in the sumptuous dining room whilst watching their food being meticulously prepared to order.
Private events can also be catered for during your stay, with a dining room for up to ten guests in ATE or up to six in Pod, adjacent to the first floor drawing room.
Address: 21212, 3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB
Telephone: +44 (0)131 523 1030
2. Nira Caledonia Edinburgh
Set in a period property on a quiet residential street in Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town, Nira Caledonia has a warm and relaxed atmosphere whilst still paying attention to the small details that you’d expect from a 5 star hotel.
The building may be in a UNESCO Heritage Site, but the rooms are decorated in a clean, contemporary style, with extras such as a multi-channel television, iPod docking station, DVD player, iPod docking and Nespresso machine in each.
The hotel’s Blackwood’s Bar and Grill serves a range of cuisine raised, caught or bred in Scotland, with beautifully tender steaks from cattle raised in the Scottish Highlands and rare-breed pork and lamb from the Scottish Borders. The well stocked bar has in excess of 25 whiskies for you to sample Scotland’s most famous tipple.
Address: 10 Gloucester Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6EF
Telephone: +44 (0)131 225 2720
Website: Nira Caledonia
3. The Bonham Hotel
No list of the best boutique hotels in Edinburgh would be complete without this 19th Century gem. Set in a leafy suburban crescent a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, The Bonham Hotel surrounds the lucky guest with a quiet, feather-quilted sense of well-being.
The hotel has 49 individually styled rooms and suites with high ceilings, modern bright fabrics and extras such as fluffy bathrobes and White Company toiletries.
The on-site restaurant features an ever-changing menu of fresh Scottish ingredients and guests can also indulge in afternoon or cocktails in The Consulting Room bar.
Address: 35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN
Telephone: +44 (0)131 226 6050
Website: The Bonham Hotel
4. The Raeburn Hotel
Originally a Georgian family home, this luxury boutique hotel is set in the heart of Edinburgh’s bustling Stockbridge and has become something of a destination on a warm summer evening when locals of all ages congregate on one of the terraces or in the hotel garden to enjoy the sunshine.
The highlight of the relaxed brasserie restaurant is a range of steaks cooked on a Josper grill, which sit alongside traditional brasserie fare such as burgers, roast chicken and fish.
As the hotel is small the facilities are limited and, in addition to the above, include private dining, a library and a conference room.
Address: 112 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH4 1HG
Telephone: +44 (0)131 332 7000
Website: The Raeburn
5. The Witchery
If The Witchery isn’t one of the best boutique hotels in Edinburgh, it’s certainly the best known. At the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the hotel has nine sumptuous Gothic suites, decorated in dramatic reds, golds and warm woods, each with its own indulgent personality.
Very much a couple’s retreat, each suite has its own roll top bath for two and the option of a breakfast hamper in your room or a traditional breakfast in the Witchery Dining Room. Little wonder that Dannii Minogue called it ‘the ultimate lust den’!!
As well as accommodation, The Witchery has two award winning restaurants – The Witchery and The Secret Garden – both of which are as wonderfully extravagant in décor as the suites inside this quirky building.
Address: The Witchery by the Castle, Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
Telephone: +44 (0) 131 225 5613
Website: The Witchery