Maybe I’ve just been caught up in the magic of it all when holidaying here, but Edinburgh really does feel like home whenever I visit. It might not deliver on the weather but it certainly ticks all of the boxes on the culinary delights, drinking dens, history and festival front. Notably the iconic Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is taking place this month!
The Fringe Festival, filled with comedy, music, theatre and arty wonders, has naturally become one of the city’s biggest pulls. The annual event attracts thousands of tourists, comedy lovers and critics to Scotland’s capital every year.
This year sees the festival run from 6th – 30th August, and there is so much to see, do and take part in. If you’re longing to head down but haven’t booked your accommodation yet, we’ve rounded up our favourite hotels in Edinburgh.
Set on New Town’s St Andrew Square lies Cheval the Edinburgh Grand, a luxury all-apartment residence that’s home to authentic features and contemporary interiors.
The space houses fifty beautifully decorated apartments, with options for solo travellers through to groups of six. The one bedroom apartments are beautifully furnished with neutral tones contrasted against pops of colour, while the directors’ suite, sleeping up to three guests, offers a space to unwind and a bathroom of dreams.
For exceptional views, look to the three bedroom penthouse that’s home to a stunning outdoor roof terrace that looks out to Arthur’s Seat and the city.
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel in Edinburgh, is instantly recognisable. Located on Princes Street, the hotel is home to the infamous Balmoral Clock, that’s known for ticking three minutes fast to help commuters not miss their train.
The hotel itself is a sight to behold. It’s grand, elaborate and wouldn’t look out of place as the setting in a period drama. Home to 167 rooms and 20 suites, it’s known for its elegance and style, with the rooms designed by Olga Polizzi. It’s the suites where Polizzi’s style really comes into its own, highlighting the building’s features beautifully.
Located on Edinburh’s George Street, Tigerlily is a cosy boutique hotel that’s not to be missed. It’s home to some really lovely rooms but we adore the Black Room for its unashamedly moody and seductive colour palette, swinging chair and modern fireplace.
For those dining, the on-site restaurant is well worth a visit. It adopts a field-to-fork approach so expect seasonal flavours, fresh from the day-boat haddock and Aberdeen Angus beef.
Look away minimalists, a stay at The Witchery by the Castle is designed with the maximalists in mind. Famed for its location – situated on The Royal Mile – and its rich gothic interiors, the hotel houses nine theatrical suites that are perfect for those wanting a truly indulgent stay.
Be charmed by candle-lit Secret Garden, soak up the opulent original architecture and bed down for a night in your four-poster bed. The interiors are truly extraordinary – think a dark colour palette and statement mixed patterns throughout.
Where: Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
Dating back to 1832, The Raeburn began life as a Georgian family home, before being turned into a boutique hotel. Located in my favourite part of Scotland’s capital – Stockbridge – it’s the perfect spot to bed down come night time after a day of exploring the cobblestone streets, independent businesses and local area.
The rooms are modern and filled with glimmers of Scottish traditions, from tartan headboards and bedding to Scottish cattle artwork. Venture down to The Garden Room for a meal or finish the night off with a nightcap at the bar.
You might recognise the name of this one as the hotel is actually named after the national newspaper, The Scotsman, who used to type away within the Baroque buildings. Nowadays the hotel, spread across several floors, is home to immaculate rooms padded out with wooden panelled walls that millennials will coo over.
Calm and collected, the rooms boast delicate neutral tones, offering a space to unwind after a long day of sightseeing and comedy. While the hotel’s on-site bar, The Hide Bar, is a cosy corner that’s perfect for relaxing with a newspaper or catching up on work emails.
Where: 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR
You’ve seen us rave about InterContinental’s London offerings and now it’s time to hear us praise their Edinburgh venue. Located on George Street, the InterContinental Edinburgh The George has seen many visitors sweep through its doors in all of its 140 years of service. Enjoy all of the luxuries the hotel group is so known for in Edinburgh when you bed down for the night.
From executive rooms to suites, their team is on hand to make sure your stay is as perfect as you could imagine. For those looking to dine, there’s the Printing Press Bar and Kitchen showcasing the best of Scottish ingredients and cocktails can be enjoyed until late into the night.
Where: 19 – 21 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB