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OVERVIEW

Overlooking St Andrew Square in the New Town this neo-classical former bank building has been converted into sleek and spacious luxury apartments with designer fittings. Public areas, including a marbled reception and oak-panelled lounge restaurant, retain their 1930s grandeur while service levels are five-star hotel-standard.


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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

Sitting on St Andrew Square, it commands a fine position. The high fashion shops of George Street are at its feet, while Waverley Station is a five-minute walk, or the tram from the airport will drop you outside. Immediate neighbours are Harvey Nichols and Louis Vuitton, with George Street's fashion shops in front and the new St James' retail quarter behind. The Scott Monument, for peerless city views, is less than three minutes walk.

By car: drive from Carlisle in 2 hours 30 mins and Sheffield in 5 hours. Parking costs £17.90 per day.

By train: trains take 4 hours 30 mins from London and 3 hours 30 mins from Manchester. Book trains to Edinburgh.

By plane: Edinburgh Airport (30-minute drive).

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The imposing neoclassical building with art deco flourishes, and formerly the head office of the Royal Bank of Scotland, has been carefully restored to showcase its 1930s styling, including chequerboard floor tiles, marble staircase, wood panelling, and brass door handles. This backdrop has been subtly updated with bold geometric carpets, deep blue walls, abstract art and designer lighting to give a modern sense of glamour.

THE FACILITIES

The double-height Register Club, with its wood panelling, plasterwork ceiling, and leather and velvet sofas, is both a lounge and dining area. Deep in the basement - the former bank vaults - is a suitably hardcore gym with classes and personal trainers available. Staff throughout are friendly and personable, appear when you need them and offer luxury hotel-standard service levels.

  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • 24 hr Concierge
  • Pet-friendly
  • Family-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

All rooms are ridiculously spacious and though layouts vary, share the same high-spec, understatedly modern design of off-white walls, dark wood floors, marble tables and Italian wood furniture. Decorated in an art deco vibe, most bathrooms have a bath as well as a shower.

Room types: Open Plan, One Bedroom, Two Bedroom, The Directors' Suite, Three Bedroom Penthouse

Key amenities: fully equipped kitchen, living area, hairdryer, toiletries, TV, safe, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

All apartments have full kitchens, but if you don't fancy rustling up supper, the Register Club's lounge restaurant on the fourth floor, renowned for cocktails and afternoon tea, also offers a small selection of tasty tapas-style dishes such as brioche BLT, feta and beetroot samosa, and cheese and charcuterie plates.

The Register Club: Scottish influenced snacks and afternoon tea. Larger plates from £12.

Hawksmoor: fine dining, Scottish cuisine including from steak to seafood. Open daily for dinner. Mains from £16.

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