Nothing makes a holiday better than a comfortable bed and Edinburgh serves up plenty of options. From high-end boutique hotels and opulent country retreats to reliable chains and understated apartments, the only problem is how to settle on just one. So before you lock it in, here’s some inspiration
1. Cringletie House
For a touch of class beyond the city hustle, settle into this award-winning country house-style hotel in outlying Peebles. The property has a contemporary-styled interior and fine dining within an elegant Victorian facade.
2. Doubletree By Hilton Edinburgh
Branded a corporate-esque Art Deco hotel where room, service and food are of an expectedly high standard. The hotel is well situated for sightseeing in the city centre, a 15-minute walk to The Castle and 30-minute drive from the airport.
3. Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh
Escape the hoards of Old Town in the classy confines – and sturdy walls – of this medieval classic. Take a dip in the sparkling basement pool or grab a Scottish bite at the popular Itchycoo Bar.
4. The Carlton Hotel
The Carlton offers modern four-star facilities housed within imposing classic Edinburgh architecture, with stylish rooms, some looking to Arthur's Seat. Work off the restaurant’s canny charms in the health club and sweat off the whisky on the squash court.
5. The Knight Residence
A good option for groups and families, The Knight’s crisp, modern apartments have all mod cons and quirky contemporary artworks throughout. The central location is a hop, skip and a jump from trendy Grassmarket.
With its landmark clock tower marking the end of Princes Street, The Balmoral is an icon of Edinburgh gentility in a prime location. The former railway hotel exudes nostalgic Edwardian splendour with elegant rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant and sumptuous spa.
7. Nira Caledonia
Within adjacent Georgian townhouses, at the Caledonia you can expect attentive service, richly furnished rooms and locally sourced produce. With hot tubs and private garden, it makes for an understated yet luxurious Edinburgh base that ticks all the boxes.
8. Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
Edinburgh’s local version offers luxury and elegance and is a great choice for conferences. Rooms are large and comfortable with all mod cons; glass walled bathrooms are a glorious touch. Be sure to make time to wind down in the rooftop hydro pool.
9. The Chester Residence
Chic and indulgent serviced apartment suites in four Georgian Townhouses near Princes Street. Reception and concierge services deliver hotel-like facilities – cleaning, in-room breakfast and spa treatments - in a comfortable home-away-from home setting.
Wake up to the sound of highland cows and peacocks in this baroque seventeenth century five star experience. Opulent decor, handpicked antiques and Edinburgh’s finest dining, Prestonfield is well worth the budget blowout. High tea like everything else is indulgent.