Edinburgh's Best Boutique Hotels: Stylish, Striking and Exclusive City Stays

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.



Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel located in the New Town of Edinburgh which was runner up in the 2015 Hotel Awards in the category of Brand Hotel of the year. Occupying a charming Georgian Terraced house, and boasting sixty individually styled...  Read More



These impressively appointed town house apartments offer a range of serviced accommodation options. If you are seeking a luxurious home away from home then look no further. The Chester Residence is located in Rothesay Place, a short walk from...  Read More



The Glasshouse is a stylish and unusual boutique hotel located at the top of Leith Walk in the heart of Edinburgh. Behind the beautiful stone façade of the Lady Glenorchy church lies a sleek modern building with huge glass walls. Splashes of...  Read More



Originally newspaper baronial offices, the Scotsman is now considered one of the more stylish hotels in Edinburgh. Food is served at the North Bridge Brasserie or guests can dine on several specialty dishes and sip on exotic wine at the...  Read More



Hotel Missoni is a chic and stylish boutique hotel run by Rosita Missoni of the famous Italian fashion house. It is perhaps then no surprise that it is unconventional and exuberant with bold geometric designs, a feature of the Missoni brand. The...  Read More



The Howard is a study in understated elegance and luxury. The hotel occupies three beautiful Georgian town houses situated close to the center of town. The accommodation comprises of eighteen luxury rooms and suites, each uniquely decorated...  Read More



Located in an historic sixteenth-century building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, James Thomson's Witchery is the most atmospheric and spectacular dining destination in the city. A unique location,stunning interiors and superlative food, wine...  Read More



This popular boutique hotel features stunning interior design and boasts a city centre location on George Street. The restaurant and bar are very popular with locals and visitors alike. The rooms are individually styled and extremely comfortable...  Read More



Prestonfield Hotel is one of Edinburgh's most luxurious boutique hotels. This beautiful seventeenth century manor house comprises twenty three rooms and suites, each furnished with sumptuous fabrics and beautiful antiques. The hotel also...  Read More



Le Monde is one of the premier boutique hotels in Edinburgh. Its popularity and reputation continues to grow. It was the winner of Scottish Boutique Hotel of the Year 2009 and winner of the Scottish Hotel Design Award 2006. It is located in the...  Read More


Meet Simon Hill

Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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