Spare No Expense with Edinburgh's 10 Best Luxury Hotels

Edinburgh is a city rich in heritage and tradition, but with a vibrant and lively demeanor. When you are looking for a luxury break in the “Athens of the North” you will find your options are as varied as the many different faces of this intriguing and beguiling city.

Edinburgh’s Old Town is characterized by winding cobbled alleys and wynds, and charming medieval Gothic architecture. Nestling beneath the imposing profile of Edinburgh Castle is the quaint and romantic Witchery by the Castle. With extravagantly opulent furnishings and a host of ornate antiques this memorable hotel is both romantic and unusual.

Moving on to the classical elegance of the New Town, lovers of luxury are spoiled for choice. Why not head to The Howard to be waited on hand and foot by exceptionally professional butlers in a stylish and sumptuous Georgian Town House.  

For those looking for a truly regal experience the majestic and stately Prestonfield House. This exceptional seventeenth century manor house stands proudly in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat close to the Palace of Holyrood House. It is an essay in refined decadence which has charmed film stars and presidents.  

Go ahead; treat yourself to the hedonistic pleasures of one of Edinburgh’s top ten luxury hotels.


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 the west end of Princes Street. You can enjoy the comforts of a hotel with a concierge service and a personal chef but also the privacy of an apartment with a kitchen you can use yourself and a comfortable living area. You'll also find luxurious bathrooms, satellite TV and very comfortable bedrooms. The quiet New Town surroundings serve as a good base to explore the city and compared to a traditional hotel you get a great level of luxury for your money.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Luxurious apartment style rooms and access to a personal chef make The Chester Residence one of Edinburgh's best luxury hotels.

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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 fa├žade of the Lady Glenorchy church lies a sleek modern building with huge glass walls. Splashes of color are provided by the modern art which adorns the interior. The hotel has sixty six rooms and suites, each decorated and furnished to a high standard and offering breathtaking views of the city center or their private roof terrace garden. The garden itself is a wonderful oasis of calm punctuated by modern sculptures and festooned with aromatic lavender. There is no hotel restaurant, but they have twenty-four hour room service, a small lounge area and breakfasts are served in the Observatory where you can enjoy stunning views of Calton Hill.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Glasshouse is a wonderful hotel blending classical architecture with modern design to create a stylish and luxurious ambiance.

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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 Vermilion Restaurant. The Scotsman is conveniently located near Waverley Railway Station and it is just off the Royal Mile. The hotel is relaxing and luxurious with 56 rooms and 13 suites all beautifully refurbished, with different sizes, designs, and shapes, giving guests the experience of a lifetime. Amenities include in-room DVD/CD player, wide screen television, high-speed Internet, wine bars, and more.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Scotsman could not be more central and offers magnificent views of the city.

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Just two blocks from the Convention Centre, this hotel is a top choice for business travelers. However, it is ideal for tourists too, as it sits at the West end of Princes Street and offers spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle. The Caledonian Hilton Edinburgh Hotel first opened its doors to the public in 1903 and since then has remained a popular place to stay. In addition to the magnificent architectural features, the hotel has 254 traditional and beautifully styled rooms with contemporary furnishings and amenities. Guests enjoy complimentary toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, tartan bedspreads, satellite television, and more. It is a popular downtown Edinburgh hotel.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The historic Caledonian five star hotel has everything you need for a truly luxurious break.

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The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa is conveniently located near the city's major tourist hot spots. Just a few steps outside the doors you will find yourself in Edinburgh's financial and shopping districts. The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa offers 260 spacious guestrooms for your consideration. You will find that each room is designed to help maximize your comfort through modern amenities, such as a mini bar, a coffeemaker, deluxe bath amenities, work desk, a trouser press, on-demand movies, a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, and more. The hotel lies in the shadow of the famed Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the Scottish capital.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Featuring a host of luxurious rooms and one of Edinburgh's best spas the Sheraton Grand is one of Edinburgh's best five star hotels.

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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 rooms are furnished to a high standard and decorated in an ultra-modern style which never compromises on comfort. The hotel bar contrasts turquoise and lilac furnishings with sheer white walls and massive silver light shades to great effect. The restaurant, Cucina, combines bold design with excellent Italian cuisine and has twice won the accolade of Scottish Italian Restaurant of the Year.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Italian chic with iconic Missoni design makes this a deliciously decadent luxury hotel.

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Sitting proudly at the east end of Princes Street the Balmoral Hotel, with its distinctive clock tower, is a local landmark. It could not be more central and it's the first thing you see upon emerging from Waverley Station. Most of Edinburgh's star attractions, including the Old Town, are within easy walking distance. This five star hotel features a range of rooms and suites with some inspiring views of the city. It also boasts a number of restaurants, bars and even a spa. The hotel offers contemporary elegance and an impressive level of luxury. Whether you are looking for a family friendly hotel, you're on a business trip or you're having a romantic weekend, the Balmoral can cater for you.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Balmoral is a beautiful Edinburgh landmark that combines modern luxury with traditional grace to great effect.

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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 with a sumptuous collection of rich fabrics, oil paintings and ornate furniture. Well-appointed bathrooms are stocked with luxurious Penhaligon products, and the hotel operates a full butler service to really spoil guests. Rather than a tired tray of unappetizing instant coffee and teas and an uninspiring mini bar, guests simply need summon their butler who will provide hot and cold beverages and delicacies of the highest quality. The restaurant is intimate and exclusive but guests can also choose to be waited on in their own suite for a wonderfully romantic three course repast. There is also a delightfully cozy drawing room where guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks or a nightcap.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: With full butler service, sumptuous furnishings and an intimate and elegant ambiance The Howard is one of Edinburgh's best kept secrets.

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Prestonfield House is a deliciously decadent and luxurious boutique hotel situated in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, close to the center of Edinburgh. Despite its central location, this romantic seventeenth century manor house has a serene and relaxing ambience which is enhanced by the beautifully maintained grounds and the charming Dutch garden. The interior is furnished with exquisite antiques, plush fabrics and fine art and features many period details. As well as twenty three opulent rooms and suites, the hotel has an award winning restaurant (Rhubarb) and series of delightful public rooms where guests can enjoy cocktails or afternoon tea.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Prestonfield Hotel is a stately and majestic house. It's the perfect place to enjoy the finer things in life.

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The Witchery by the Castle is a decadently luxurious hotel situated immediately beside Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile. Set in a series of refurbished sixteenth century buildings, this romantic hotel has only nine suites. However, each suite has its own individual charm and is brimming with atmosphere. Whether you choose the rich fabrics and velvet draped four poster bed of the Sempill Suite, the ecclesiastical opulence of the Rectory, or the wonderfully intimate Library, you can be sure your stay will be an unforgettable experience. The hotel also boasts two magical dining areas, the award winning Witchery and the intimate and enchanting Secret Garden.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Each of the Witchery's nine unique suites is deliciously decadent, romantic and indulgent.

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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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