When you look at all of the wonderful natural beauty, cultural significance, and rich history in Scotland, it becomes difficult to imagine not having visited this wonderful country at some point in your life. Whether just passing through or staying for longer periods of time, there will always be something to see in Scotland, from the wonderful highlands to the countless, serene lochs (some more legendary than others) and numerous walking paths that invite hikers to conquer their differing distances at all times of the year. Sometimes a trip to Scotland calls for more than a few beautiful walks and a bed and breakfast to use as a simple base for your activities. Sometimes a little more luxury is required for the finer occasions in life such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or an extravagant holiday for your family or close friends, which is why this article contains our pick of the top 10 luxurious hotels in Edinburgh to help you decide on which one will best suit your needs.
There is a reason that the Chester Residence appears at the very top of what is already a pretty luxurious list of Edinburgh Hotels. This fine, 5-star Georgian townhouse is located in the west end of the city and has all of the traits of a place that exceeds expectations and makes memories that will be remembered forever. Each of the five luxury apartments are decorated with high levels of thought for the space and precision that makes one realise why this establishment deserves its 5-star rating. Voted the top luxury hotel in the UK and Europe as well as dominating the small hotels category in the TripAdvisor's 2014 Traveller's Choice Awards.
The residence has 23 different apartments spread over four floors. There are 5 suite categories: the Penthouse Suite, Club Suite, Grand Suite, Classic Suite, and the Mews suite. All of these apartments are decorated with supreme style and receive 5-star service with concierge and full servicing on a daily basis. In-room spa treatments, airport pickup, and chauffeur service are all available on request as well, making this hotel the complete experience whether you're on business or pleasure pursuits.
It is recommended that you check out the Chester Residence packages if you are intending for your stay to be for pleasure: romance, honeymoon, and pampering packages are available to suit any need you may have. This truly is a remarkable choice of hotel and is fully deserving of the awards that it holds.
Abercorn Guest House
Another hotel that has been the recipient of TripAdvisor's coveted Certificate of Excellence award (issued only to the top-performing hospitality establishments in the country), the Abercorn Guest House is a 4-star residence which is a little different to the townhouse feel of the Old Town Chambers and the Chester Residence. The reason why this hotel stands out is that it is a large Victorian family home with an exterior that is the envy of most other hotels and home to beautifully decorated rooms with unique decoration.
The service goes above and beyond with wonderful touches to the rooms as well as the option of various services like earlier/later breakfasts, restaurant/theatre ticket booking, advanced taxi booking, and the will to cater for any preference or reasonable request. Single, double, triple, and family rooms are available, each with wonderful proportions and decorated tastefully with warmth and various luxuries like TVs, trouser press, coffee/tea facilities and other such touches. All rooms are also en-suite.
The Knight Residence
Back to 5-star accommodation now with the Knight Residence, an award-winning hotel containing apartments to suit all party sizes and requirements from serious business to unfettered pleasure. The hotel is in close proximity to the iconic castle in the city and is close to transport links as well as the up-and-coming tram link.
There are six types of apartment available at the Knight Residence including “City” apartments from a studio apartment to two-bedroom sized examples and “Comfort” style apartments which range from one to three bedrooms. For frequent visitors to the hotel ,there is a loyalty system whereby more stays equates to more rewards in return for your loyalty to a hotel which quite effortlessly earns its loyalty from customers with its incredible service and luxurious feel.
Visit the Knight Residence site to read more about the individual rooms and browse the many photographs of the rooms and the building. Including reviews on the site is also a nice touch since the customer experiences certainly speak volumes about the quality of the residence. For more impartial reviews, see the Knight Residence Trip Advisor page.
Fraoch House is another luxury hotel in the heart of the city, a 2011 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence winner (among other awards and nominations) with extremely positive reviews from hundreds on TripAdvisor. This hotel is officially ranked as 4-star by the AA, though everything about the look of the place certainly emanates 5-star quality.
Each room is decorated in a modern and extremely clean fashion with practicality in mind. The rooms range from basic singles to premier doubles and options for people on different budgets as well. The tariffs section of the website hosts more information about prices as well as special offers that are to be taken advantage of. The hotel is situated in the heart of the city and is therefore in a fantastic location to act as a base of travel for people wishing to see the sights of Edinburgh.
Thistle Residence - Quartermile Apartments
The apartments of the Thistle Residence emanate minimalist style and are extremely spacious, offering travellers a place to stay that will easily meet and often surpass expectations. The apartments range from one to three bedrooms and come in a few different categories such as standard 1, 2, and 3bedrooms, deluxe 1 and 2 bedrooms, and premium 2-bedroom. Looking at the photographs on the Thistle Residence website, one can see that the rooms are incredibly well-lit due to the design of the rooms utilising large windows in order to ensure maximum entry of light into these luxurious apartments as well as pleasant views from within them.
The 96% rating on TripAdvisor speaks for itself, though you can look at the reviews on there as well for further confirmation of the hotel's splendour. The hotel's website also sports a design that is slick and easy to navigate, presenting you with all that you need to know in an easily-accessible fashion.
Old Town Chambers
The central location of the Old Town Chambers is just one of the very many attractive offerings that this wonderful hotel has to offer. This is a hotel which provides comfortable and modern residence with Wi-Fi and all amenities one would expect from a high-quality hotel. The rooms are of various size and all come with an open-plan fitted kitchen, a dining room/living area, a flat-screen TV and luxury bathrooms. In addition to these features common to every room, some rooms also boast balconies which offer a fantastic view of the city as well as cinema TV systems and high-quality BOSE sound systems.
The Old Town Chambers appartments are a variety of different sizes depending on your space requirements. The luxury bathrooms are a highlight feature of each appartment with stunning baths and gorgeous wood flooring sourced from Edinburgh.
You will receive nothing less than 5-star treatment from what is unquestionably a 5-star hotel in one of the most popular cities for visitors in the whole of the UK. You only have to look at some of the photos of the exterior to realise the beauty of Edinburgh architecture and that the building has a great deal of history behind it. You can find the Old Town Chambers section on the Lateral City website for more information and booking options.
Fountain Court - Stewart Apartments
The Fountain Court Apartments cover a range of six different apartments to suit the needs of every traveller, businessman, or family looking for an Edinburgh holiday, but the Stewart Apartments are some of the most luxurious that Fountain Court has to offer. These are 4-star boutique-style apartments which sit in the heart of the city and provide contemporary style combined with sophistication. Families also can enjoy time here due to the 4 interconnected apartments that strike a great balance between privacy and shared space.
The Fountain Court Stewart Apartments must be seen to be believed, and more information can be found on their website.
The Balmoral Hotel
A simple glance at merely a picture of the exterior of the Balmoral Hotel will instantly tell you all you need to know about the experience you're going to receive here. The Balmoral Hotel is unrivalled in its elegance, offering everything from afternoon tea (with a champagne option available) to fine dining and luxurious rooms where (as many guests have stated in their TripAdvisor Balmoral reviews) guests are treated as royalty.
Make no mistake, this is a 5-star hotel and as such is a luxurious as one is going to find in Edinburgh. There are spa treatments available as well as decadent overnight stay options which are organised very simply into two price categories on the Balmoral website.
Another 5-star establishment with design and scenery decadent enough to host weddings and wow guests from around the world, The Howard has 18 rooms with optional butler service, golfing break packages, corporate event hire, and romantic break packages.
Whether you're there to experience the high-quality food, a chocolate tasting experience, a business meeting, or to simply stay and enjoy all that the hotel has to offer, you can expect the height of luxury in every single activity here. Visit The Howard website for information on the plethora of experiences you can book at this grand hotel.
Known today as the G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh, this destination is another extravagant example of what Edinburgh has to offer. This hotel has a wide selection of rooms of different price and size, each decorated elegantly and cleanly. The 5-star hotel offers everything from afternoon tea to spa treatments and truly is one of the finest places to stay in Edinburgh.
The official website has plenty of information about the hotel and the different packages available and should have something to cater for every preference.