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In an eye-catching position between the Old and New Towns, the former offices of The Scotsman newspaper combine Edwardian grandeur with an understated contemporary style. Bedrooms share the same light, fuss-free style, the all-day Grand Cafe serves brasserie classics, and there's a plush private cinema.


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Helen Pickles
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Growing up in Yorkshire and with family holidays in the Lake District, Helen, who writes for several UK national newspapers, developed a love of walking and the big outdoors. When it comes to cities, and food, Italy has the edge – and her heart.

OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Poised between the Old and New Towns, it's in a near-perfect position whether you want to do the historic sites and museums around the Royal Mile or the shops and galleries of the Georgian city around George Street. It's on busy North Bridge but is less than five-minute walk from Waverley Station. Take your pick: Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom, plus the Scottish National Gallery nestled below.

By car: Glasgow is around 1 hour, Newcastle is around 2 hours 40 minutes and Manchester is just over 4 hours.

By train: from London in 4 hours 30 mins, from Bristol in 5 hours 45 mins. Book trains to Edinburgh.

By plane: Edinburgh Airport (35-minute drive)

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Built in 1905 for The Scotsman newspaper offices, it's one of the city's landmark buildings and still puffs out its Edwardian grandeur - baronial turrets and grand windows outside, oak panelling and a marble staircase inside - while carefully adopting a sheen of low-key, modern luxury.

THE FACILITIES

Surprisingly, there is no guest lounge apart from a rather soulless long and narrow bar area, tucked off reception. The staff, however, make up for the lack of typical four-star-hotel features, with their breezy helpfulness including a very efficient concierge team. Complimentary shoe shine is a nice traditional touch. If you fancy a lazy evening, the hotel's plush cinema offers mainstream as well as cult films plus cocktails and ice cream.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Cinema
  • Concierge
  • Family-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Spread over nine floors, refreshingly, they come in different shapes and layouts, although all are generous in size and share the same light, understated style of pale-oak panelling, soft creams and greys, and big white faux-marble bathrooms.

Room types: Director Room, Reporter Room, Family Room, Headline Suite, Feature Suite, Penthouse, Publisher Suite

Key amenities: en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries, tea & coffee making facilities, mini bar, whisky, TV, safe, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The all-day menu served in the Grand Café hits all the right brasserie notes with a strong Scottish streak, from classic prawn cocktail and Scottish mussels to wild mushroom pithivier and steaks. Breakfast, served in a separate dining room, is mainly hot-and-cold buffet style but with a few hot dishes, such as Eggs Benedict, cooked to order.

Grand Cafe: All day dining prepared with seasonal Scottish ingredients. Breakfast, light bites, grill, afternoon teas and dinner. Mains from £15.
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