The 35 rooms and suites are stylish and, typically for Edinburgh, have sky-high ceilings. The spaces are grounded by pops of colour, elegant fittings (think deep, free-standing copper baths) and ornate wallpaper. No detail has been spared with Roberts radios, vintage phones and art-deco mirrors throughout, and the good-sized bathrooms are thoughtfully designed with geometric floor tiles and delicious-smelling Noble Isle products.
The “Ultimate Night In” package provides the perfect excuse to lock yourself away and indulge in Netflix, an array of nibbles and a bottle of the hotel’s own DunGin.
Chef Anthony curates a seasonal menu which champions the best of Scottish produce. The portions are delicate without being at all meagre, and the dishes are beautifully presented. Highlights include the crab (sourced from, you guessed it, Orkney) and ricotta ravioli with torched baby gem lettuce, and the roast chicken breast (melt-in-mouth) with pomme purée, pickled carrot, morteau sausage and charred tenderstem.
Whisky lovers will delight at the extensive collection of whiskies on offer, and those yet to be converted will enjoy the Introduction to Whisky tasting experience, which highlights the different Scottish regional styles. There’s also a Martini Masterclass and Scottish Gin Tasting for gin aficionados.
The enthusiastic and warm staff members are genuinely passionate about the hotel and they strike that fine balance of attentiveness without being overbearing. Though it is hard to see in this new world where face masks are the norm, one gets the impression they are constantly smiling, and nothing is too much bother for them.
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