Edinburgh is a city of contrasts, steeped in history, yet vibrant and modern. The medieval and gothic charms of the Old Town contrast beautifully with the classical grace of the Georgian New Town and the chic, modern developments in the revitalized dockland of Leith. It is the perfect backdrop for some deliciously quirky and unique boutique hotels.
The phenomena of the boutique hotel developed in the US and UK as a reaction against bland and uninspiring chain hotel. The boutique hotel often has a smaller number of rooms or suites, but each is decorated according to an individual theme and strives for a personal and aspirational ambiance. Design is generally flamboyant and there will be numerous little details to set the establishment apart from its competitors.
Le Monde, in the heart of the city, features a collection of rooms inspired by some of the most stylish and iconic cities in the world. Recently voted the best boutique hotel in Edinburgh it also features a great restaurant and its own nightclub.
Stylish and refined, The Howard, typifies the understated elegance of the New Town with immaculately appointed rooms and a butler service which is second to none. Its eighteen luxury suites and rooms are named after Edinburgh streets and high tea in their fabulous dining room is a treat too good to miss.
With such riches on offer why subject yourself to the mundane and commonplace? Let us introduce you to the singular delights of Edinburgh’s top ten boutique hotels.