Find your Perfect Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh for that Special Occasion.
Edinburgh boasts a wealth of sumptuous 5 Star, luxury hotels which are perfect for celebrating a special occasion. Here are a few suggestions worth considering to ensure you have a memorable stay in the city.
Market Street Hotel
Old Town character meets contemporary design to boast Edinburgh’s newest urban escape and Scotland’s first member of Design Hotels™. Primely placed in the heart of the Scottish capital. Situated to explore Edinburgh’s attractions such as the Royal Mile, Princes Street Gardens and St. Andrews Square, conveniently located across from Waverley station.
Step into one of Market Street Hotel guest rooms to find a modern-day ‘fortress,’ where you’ll be met with a sense of tranquillity, coupled with a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere, designed to leave a lasting impression on today’s intrepid traveller. The 7th-floor rooftop Champagne lounge, Nor’ Loft, exudes character and nods to its captivating Scottish heritage.
From independent growers to prestigious Champagne houses, a variety of over 20 labels are featured on the Champagne table, 10 of which are served by the glass. Enjoy panoramic views of Edinburgh alongside seasonal small plates, afternoon tea, a la carte breakfast and a continental breakfast buffet.
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, built in 1903, is one of Edinburgh’s most significant landmarks. Standing proudly at the West End of Princes Street, this former Victorian railway hotel’s reputation for style and excellence has attracted international visitors and notable personalities for over 100 years.
Admire some of the best views in Edinburgh from the 241 guestrooms and suites and dine at two award-winning restaurants – Grazing by Mark Greenaway and The Pompadour. At Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian you can also experience the grandeur of the Peacock Alley, formerly the station concourse and ticket office, now a luxurious lounge offering light lunch, Traditional and Champagne Afternoon Tea, and elegant evening drinks. Sample some of Scotland’s finest whisky from the collection of over 100 malts and blends at The Caley Bar or indulge yourself at the UK’s only Guerlain Spa, an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool, and fitness centre.
Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
Located in the beating heart of Edinburgh, these 50 luxury serviced apartments don’t get much more desirable than this.
Scotland’s newest destination for the modern luxury traveller opened its doors to guests in June 2018. Enriched by an illustrious heritage, courtesy of a famous banking landmark, the building’s provenance has been artfully woven to create a luxurious new residence.
Accommodating from one to six guests, apartments come in a gamut of shapes and sizes, from uniquely configured Grand Studios, to the jaw-dropping, three-bedroom, rooftop Penthouse with its staggering 360o panoramic view.
Authentic features, including original dark wood panelling, fireplaces, brass door handles and decorative cornicing have been given a serious makeover and seamlessly incorporate with new design, enhancing unbelievably beautiful spaces with unique historical merit. As the city’s hottest new social hub, The Edinburgh Grand also has a restaurant, sleek new bar, coffeehouse and upscale hangout to meet and eat.
Alexandra Dock, Edinburgh EH6 7DX
Fingal opened in January 2019 in the historic Port of Leith as a unique addition to Edinburgh’s hotel scene following a £5 million development. This former Northern Lighthouse Board ship begins an exciting new chapter offering beautiful cabins, dining and entertaining space.
Developed by The Royal Yacht Britannia, Fingal’s carefully considered design offers the highest specifications of craftmanship and finish, with nautical touches and polished woods. Sumptuous Scottish leathers and the finest linens are in colour palates inspired by the ship’s journey from land and sea. Fingal’s 23 luxury cabins are each named after Stevenson lighthouses, inspired by her rich maritime heritage.
Top tip: The Lighthouse Bar, on board Fingal, serves Afternoon Tea, evening supper, cocktails and drinks and is open to non residents.
For over a century, The Balmoral has found a home at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. A landmark Rocco Forte hotel set in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, The Balmoral combines stunning views and warm hospitality with world-class facilities to create the perfect urban retreat.
The perfect marriage of tradition and modernity, each of the 167 rooms has been individually designed by Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design Olga Polizzi. Elegant and stylish with unmistakably Scottish accents, each of our 20 Edinburgh suites are generous with magnificent views.
Enjoy Michelin-starred dining at the famous Number One restaurant, sample modern Scottish Afternoon Tea under the glass dome of Palm Court or relax in the serene sanctuary of The Balmoral Spa. Brasserie Prince, launched in 2018, celebrates a 'new alliance': matching the very best of Scottish produce with classic French cooking, while The Balmoral’s signature whisky bar, SCOTCH, pays homage to Scotland’s national drink and is home to one of Edinburgh’s largest collections. Take a seat on one of the tweed sofas and let a kilted Whisky Ambassadors help you choose from over 500 varieties.
The Balmoral is the perfect home-from-home to discover Edinburgh and Scotland’s finest attractions. Whatever the season, the hotel’s dedicated Concierge team can open doors to some of the most unique experiences in Scotland. From tickets to the world-famous Edinburgh Festival events, access to the city’s royal establishments - Holyrood Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia – to the hotel’s Tartan Butler Clan Tour, you’ll find the best of Scotland at your finger tips.
The Dunstane Houses
Luxurious, relaxed and unlike anywhere you’ve ever stayed before, the Dunstane Houses is a family-run boutique hotel that brings a breath of fresh Orkney air to the heart of Edinburgh dating back to 1865 but inspired by the best of modern-day Scotland. In a peaceful corner of Edinburgh’s West End a short walk from Haymarket and 15 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh airport, The Dunstane Houses is an independent, 35-bedroom boutique hotel spread over two stately Victorian townhouses on opposite sides of the road: Dunstane House and Hampton House.
The Ba’ Bar & Lounge specialises in food made with local, seasonal Scottish produce from small suppliers, and offers one of the most extensive rare-whisky selections in the city, with more than 70 varieties in its vintage wall cabinet.
All rooms are en suite with Noble Isle products and include free WiFi, large Samsung smart TVs, Egyptian cotton bedlinens. Five unique and spacious suites are located in Dunstane House, with dramatic features such as four-poster beds, freestanding copper roll-top baths in the bedroom, or sweeping views over the Edinburgh cityscape.
Cheval Old Town Chambers
Rising from three medieval closes off the Royal Mile, the Old Town Chambers luxurious serviced apartments capitalise on the fascinating historic character and atmosphere of 15th century Edinburgh as well as open up some of the most captivating views across the city’s Princes Street Gardens, which had been lost for over 200 years. Architecturally, the Old Town Chambers is a stand out place. It emerges out of the fifteenth century foundations and the design of this purpose built self catering accommodation is representative of the shaping of the buildings as they once were. It is a very contemporary take on Edinburgh’s Old Town but one which breathes new life into the old Closes and which allows visitors to Edinburgh to experience the city’s rich history in an entirely new way.
Guests have a choice of one, two and three bed apartments with fully equipped kitchens and large living and dining rooms or one, two, three bed penthouses and the oldest townhouse on the Royal Mile. They offer 24 hour concierge, daily housekeeping and wifi in each apartment.
Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR
Looking across to Edinburgh Castle, The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, with the distinctly modern One Square Restaurant & Bar and award-winning One Spa has long been a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. With an enviable location in Edinburgh’s city centre, the hotel is within walking distance from all of the major attractions including the Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat and shops on Princes Street.
Those seeking to re-energise will relish One Spa’s uniquely tranquil balance of energy, water & heat. Unwind in the rejuvenating Thermal Suite or indulge in a soothing spa treatment, before trying the now-iconic rooftop hydropool and 19m swimming pool.
Open from early in the morning until last thing at night, the vibrant bar and restaurant, One Square, serves a deliciously inventive range of modern British classics and signature dishes. From the well-stocked bar – home to over 70 different gins – to the hearty and seasonal menus, One Square is somewhere to spend leisurely afternoons, to meet with friends or sip a cocktail on the outdoor terrace.
Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel
38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4HQ
A cosmopolitan clubhouse in Scotland’s historic capital city Overlooking one of Edinburgh’s prettiest private garden squares, Kimpton Charlotte Square consists of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of the New Town, a UNESCO world heritage site.
It has undergone a multi-million restoration and refurbishment. All of their bedrooms and suites have been given a smart, new look, inspired by the golden age of travel and a genuine sense of Scottish hospitality. The beautiful internal courtyard, The Garden — an oasis of calm with a glass roof — is now open from breakfast through to the wee hours.
Top tip: Fancy something to eat? Inspired by the flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean, their new restaurant, BABA is brought to you by the team behind Glasgow’s award-winning Ox and Finch restaurant.
The InterContinental Edinburgh The George
19-21 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PB
Taking prime position on elegant George Street, the InterContinental Edinburgh The George has been welcoming hotel guests since 1881.
The InterContinental Edinburgh The George has been refurbished to splendour by interior architects Goddard Littlefair, creating a sense of restored grandeur by means of sympathetic restoration, simple detailing and the use of rich materials such as oak, brass, leather, velvet, glass and marble.
Enjoy stylish bedrooms in soft greens and creams and Scottish heritage finishing touches, dine and drink in the brand new destination restaurant and bar: Printing Press Bar & Kitchen or enjoy a great cup of coffee at the new coffee shop: Burr & Co.
Priestfield Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5UT
Built as the home of Edinburgh's Lord Provost (Lord Mayor), Prestonfield is now a luxury 5 star hotel with 23 stylishly opulent rooms and suites. Opulence and theatre are combined in the quirky and stylish reworking of this A-listed historic hotel where minimalism is banished! The hotel also houses Rhubarb restaurant and a number of beautiful dining rooms for private events. In addition to the hotel’s own five stars, stars of every age, from Grace de Monaco to the Dali Lama and Oliver Reed, Elton John and Sean Connery have enjoyed the hotel’s unique luxury.
Top tip – Head over to Prestonfield before dark and marvel at Arthur’s Seat towering over you and catch a glimpse of the resident Highland Cows and peacocks before you enjoy a fabulous dinner.
35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN
Set in a quiet leafy crescent in the exclusive West End of Edinburgh, only minutes from the main attractions, The Bonham provides guests with luxurious, fully refurbished rooms and suites. Many rooms offer stunning views either over Drumsheugh Gardens or looking North over the New Town towards the Firth of Forth and the Kingdom of Fife.
Welcoming lounges and a stylish restaurant and bar make the most of the beautiful interiors of the original houses and look over the peaceful Drumsheugh Gardens which guests have full access to during their stay.
Surrounded by the stunning backdrop of the magnificent Scottish capital, the team at The Bonham look forward to welcoming you to your new home away from home in Edinburgh.
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
19 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1SD
The four-star Hilton Edinburgh Carlton is right in the heart of Scotland’s historic capital city, situated on North Bridge overlooking the Royal Mile.
Just minutes from Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle, with 211 bedrooms it’s the perfect base for exploring what the city has to offer. Take the Edinburgh Dungeon Tour, unearth the city’s history at the National Museum of Scotland then take in the spectacular views of the skyline from Arthur’s Seat.
Get your heart rate up in the modern fitness room then enjoy excellent food in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill.
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