The Scotsman is next to the historic North Bridge in Edinburgh, and this sets the tone for the whole experience at the hotel, where everything tells a story. The building itself is prominent in every way. Visually, it is seriously impressive; in terms of position it is central; and in terms of its own history, it is pivotal, having once been the home of The Scotsman newspaper.
Everything inside has a sense of tradition. As I have said, it used to house the offices and printing press for The Scotsman newspaper, and a lot of the original features from that time have been retained, from the red line at the bottom of the staircase that workers were not permitted to pass, to old photographs, and little hatches on the outside of the bedroom doors that you can put your shoes in to have them polished for the morning. The rooms themselves are bedecked with tartan, and extra little details really add that sense of luxury – Scottish Monopoly boards for example, and one room with a
turret that has had a feature bath built into it.
The Spa is in the old printing rooms of the building, which are dark and in total contrast to the design of the rest of the hotel. Interiors have an almost industrial feel and facilities are contemporary but nonetheless have just as much character as everywhere else. There is a lovely lunch area, a pool, a gym, and it is a total breath of fresh air that really works.
Just off the reception you will find the restaurant, which is the perfect spot for people watching. It is part and parcel of the bar area and overlooks the city streets, serving all meals including afternoon tea, so you could happily spend all day in there passing the time and watching the world go by! Again, it is like stepping back in time in terms of design, and food is sourced locally – basically anything that can be found in the surrounding area, they use.
It really couldn’t be more central. The hotel is five minutes from the station in the heart of Edinburgh, so combining a trip with sightseeing, shopping, and generally exploring is an obvious addition to the break, and it really takes the stress out of travelling to know it is so convenient to get to as well!
This is definitely a hotel to come to and stay overnight if you can. That way you will really get the most out of the whole experience. Its history and design make it a very romantic city destination, and it would work nicely for small groups as well, particularly if you are looking for a break that sums up the essence of the area – it is every inch the Scottish retreat!
– Stay overnight and play a game of Scottish Monopoly.
– Leave your shoes in the hatch on your door so they look sparkling and new in the morning!
– Have afternoon tea and do a spot of people watching in the restaurant.
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