If you want a traditional room rather than contemporary one, there's only one place for it in Edinburgh. 'Georgian elegance and attentive service at the Howard provide a luxurious escape from the bustle of the city centre. The hotel's garden encourages local wildlife, while the restaurant has a modern Scottish menu,' says Laura Greenman.
Where 34 Great King Street, Edinburgh. EH3 6QH (0131-557 3500; www.townhousecompany.com)
How much doubles from £185, B&B