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Best Historic Hotels in Edinburgh

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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Scottish culture and tradition couldn't be more apparent in this elegant former station house that dominates the west end of Princes Street. Inside the immaculate red stone building, service is impeccable and the decor exquisite. The old-fashioned class and luxury attract a steady stream of celebrities. La Pompadour restaurant serves excellent Scottish cuisine, enjoy a traditional Sunday roast at Chisholms, or sample Scottish whiskey at The Caley Bar. The hotel is within easy reach of all the city's attractions.

Princes Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 2AB
The Rutland Hotel

The glamorous Rutland Hotel has stylish rooms, a luxurious late-lounge, and a unique restaurant with a glass wine cellar. It is situated on the West End of Princes Street, with views of Edinburgh Castle. The Rutland is between Edinburgh's shopping and financial districts. The Scott Monument is a 15-minute walk away, and the EICC can be reached in under 10 minutes’ walk. Each unique room is chic and elegant. In-room treats include free Wi-Fi, a surround sound system, a flat-screen TV, bathrobes and GHD hair stylers. Guests can also enjoy homemade shortbread, real coffee and designer teas. A choice of cinemas and theatres can be reached in under 10 minutes on foot. It is also just 15 minutes’ walk through Prince’s Street Gardens to reach Edinburgh Castle.

1-3 Rutland Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 2AE
Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel

In Edinburgh’s West End, this 4-star hotel is 0.5 miles from the lively city centre. Stylish rooms, a restaurant and a chic bar are all just a 2-minute walk from Haymarket Rail Station. Each modern room at the Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel features a flat-screen TV, a work area and tea/coffee making facilities. Private bathrooms all have a hairdryer, and there is 24-hour room service. Bedrooms are in the main hotel or in the Townhouse. The Townhouse Restaurant serves contemporary Scottish food, using fresh local produce. Bar 521 offers Scottish malt whiskies, Piacetto coffees and a snack menu in light, contemporary surroundings. The International Conference Centre (EICC) is a 5-minute walk away. With Haymarket’s boutique bars and restaurants in the immediate area, the shops of Princes Street are less than a mile away.

Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH12 5EF
Prestonfield House Hotel

Peacocks strut their stuff in front of this 17th-century mansion, which became a hotel in 1959. It is almost at the foot of Arthur's Seat and is surrounded by Holyrood Park. The grandeur of the architectural features is visible in the period portraits and furnishings. The Tapestry Room holds a special charm, the man who designed its ceiling, Sir William Adam, is also responsible for the decorated ceilings in the Holyroodhouse Palace. The Leather Room's walls are adorned with exquisite red Spanish hide. For golf enthusiasts, there is an 18-hole course next door.

Priestfield Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH16 5UT
Malmaison

Situated in Edinburgh's historic Leith, close to the city center, Malmaison's contemporary comfort. Malmaison sports a subtle blend of chic and sophistication. Each bedroom has sleek furnishings, commissioned art pieces, a luxurious bathroom and quality entertainment systems. Relish the fine French cuisine in both, the bar and brasserie. And burn off all those calories from the rich food at the Gymtonic health club.

1 Tower Place, Leith, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH6 7BZ
Melville Castle

Located just a 20-minute drive from Edinburgh centre, Melville Castle features luxury accommodation in an 18th-century castle sitting in a 50-acre domain. It offers stylish en suite guest rooms, a restaurant and free Wi-Fi. The guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and an en suite bathroom with free toiletries, shower and hairdryer. Some rooms also offer a four poster bed. Every morning, guests will enjoy a full Scottish breakfast with haggis, patty scones, bacon and sausages. A continental option is also available. Melville castle offers four main meeting rooms, car parking for 80 cars and helicopter landing facilities. A marquee is also available for larger events and ceremonies. Weddings can be arranged on site as well. Edinburgh Railway Station is just 5.4 miles away, while Edinburgh International Airport is 13.3 miles away.

Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH18 1AP
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