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Find the Perfect Edinburgh Hotel for a Romantic Break



If you are planning a romantic getaway for that special somebody, look no further than Scotland’s capital city. Edinburgh has a wonderful selection of excellent restaurants, great attractions and some truly memorable hotels. With so much on offer, it is easy to find the perfect spot for an amorous adventure.

You could woo your beloved amidst the venerable charm of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The flamboyant and delightful Witchery by the Castle nestles in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle in a quaint sixteenth century building. Each room has its own unique charm and all are extravagantly luxurious with a host of little extras to make your stay a magical one.

What could be more romantic than a few nights in a thirteenth century castle? Dalhousie Castle stands proudly on the banks of the River Esk surrounded by acres of wooded parkland a short drive from the city. It is beautifully furnished with loads of original features and has an award winning restaurant and an excellent spa.

Lovers of modern art will adore the chic and iconic Glasshouse combines the Gothic façade of the Lady Glenorchy Church with towering glass walls and lots of bold and beautiful works of art. The rooftop garden offers incredible views of the city and afternoon tea in the Snug is a wonderfully romantic experience. You could also opt for the fabulous Tigerlilly, a city center boutique hotel with its own bar, restaurant and nightclub!

Whether you opt for a luxurious stay amid the splendor of a historic listed building, or a chic and ultra modern tryst in one of Edinburgh's glamorous boutique hotels, you and your loved one are guaranteed a memorable getaway.

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Dunstane House is a nineteenth century private residence in Edinburgh's stylish West End which has been tastefully adapted into a beautiful and luxurious hotel. Designed by renowned Edinburgh architect William Playfair in 1852, it still has the feel of a country house hotel, despite its proximity to the city center. Rooms are beautifully furnished and retain many charming original features. The Stane Bar has an impressive array of whisky and during the summer months guests can relax in the beautiful gardens with a dram and a selection of tasty snacks. The hotel also has a delightful restaurant, the Skerries, which aims to bring a taste of Orkney to Edinburgh.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Dunstane House is beautifully appointed and has a luxurious yet intimate feel which makes it perfect for a romantic break.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: The Balmoral combines beautiful fin de siécle architecture with opulent furnishings and incredible views of the city making it a great choice for a romantic getaway.

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Nira Caledonia is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town. The hotel was once the residence of the seventeenth century essayist Christopher North and although it has been fully refurbished it retains the original's Georgian charm and many period features. Each room within this wonderful hotel is unique. Some overlook the charming sandstone buildings and cobbled streets of the New Town, while others offer views of the secluded garden. The neo-classical elegance of the building is perfectly complimented by plush and luxurious furnishings and the understated art works hanging within. There is also an excellent restaurant featuring wonderfully fresh local produce and an impressive wine and whisky list.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Nira Caledonia has three deliciously opulent Jacuzzi suites which are perfect for a romantic getaway.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: The Scotsman building is both exuberantly eccentric and wonderfully romantic and boasts great views of the Old Town.

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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 with Egyptian cotton bed linen and en-suite wet rooms. You'll also find flat screen TVs, fully loaded iPods, a DVD library and mini-bar to keep you amused. Tigerlily also offers a number of special packages including romantic getaways, business trips or girl's nights on the town, each offering a unique experience full of little extras. It is a perfect base for exploring Edinburgh and an interesting and lively location in its own right.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Tigerlily has some great romantic packages to help you plan the perfect getaway.

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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 features a series of beautifully decorated public rooms and a collection of sumptuous private dining rooms, including a wonderfully romantic turret room where two can dine alone. The hotel restaurant, Rhubarb, has won many awards for its lavish banquets and exquisitely prepared local produce. The Dutch gardens are beautifully maintained and embellished with fine sculptures and fountains. This wonderfully romantic hotel nestles beneath Arthur's Seat, close to the center of Edinburgh.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Prestonfield is a wonderfully opulent boutique hotel perfect for a romantic break.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Stylish modern rooms finished to a high standard and with great views of the city make the Glasshouse a great choice for a romantic adventure.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: The Howard is both opulent and intimate, a real treat for a romantic break.

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Dalhousie Castle is a historic Scottish Castle located on the banks of the River Esk around eight miles outside the city of Edinburgh. Surrounded by acres of wooded parkland, it is an imposing thirteenth century fortress which can lay claim to being the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland. The interior benefits from many charming period features and is furnished with opulent tapestries and antique furniture. The atmospheric Dungeon Restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes for its fusion of classic French and traditional Scottish cuisine, and the delightful Orangery combines stunning views of the countryside with a more informal menu which includes numerous healthy options. The Castle also has a well maintained spa with a hydro pool, laconium (Roman style sauna), Ottoman (Turkish steam bath) and tropical rain and cold fog showers. You can choose from a selection of treatments or relax in the conservatory and enjoy the view.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: What could be more romantic than staying in a thirteenth century Scottish castle!

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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 and features nine lavish and unique suites. A unique location,stunning interiors and superlative food, wine and service create memorable and magical experiences for locals, visitors and celebrities alike. Ewan MacGregor, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jack Nicholson and Clarissa Dickson Wright have all succumbed to its charms. Cosmopolitan lists it as one of the seven wonders of the hotel world. Guests are treated to champagne on arrival and can book one of their sumptuous hampers for a lazy and romantic breakfast. Each room has an ostentatious roll top bath big enough for two, and most feature ornate four poster beds. What more could you want?

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Witchery by the Castle is a delicious slice of romantic gothic charm with opulent furnishings and a host of delightful extras.

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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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