A self-styled \"boutique guesthouse,\" 23 Mayfield is a cut above your average B&B: the Victorian villa features many original elements expertly complemented by dark wood furniture, lovely artwork, and antiquarian books to create a sumptuous atmosphere. Edinburgh tours can be arranged with local guides and the B&B's owners, Ross and Kathleen, are full of nuggets about the city's best hidden spots too. And the breakfasts - wow.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Like many of the B&Bs in this area, 23 Mayfield is on a busy road - rooms are quiet but the plus side is it's an easy 20-minute bus ride into town.
Guest rooms continue the theme with handsome beds and period-style fabrics, but are also equipped with the latest gadgets, like smart TVs. All are different, and some have wood panelled walls. The theme is antique, with a twist: see the lamp made of antlers. Ross's mum's tablet (a kind of Scottish fudge) awaits guests when they arrive.
The top floor family room has a great view of nearby Arthur's Seat (children over 3 years old are welcome).
The bathrooms are similarly stylish, with some of the newly done-up versions featuring swanky black showers. All come equipped with Penhaligon toiletries.
The building is elegant, from the 150-year old stained glass windows to the plush carpets, and the welcome is genuine and warm.
From the water, flavored with lemon and rosemary from the garden, to the meat from local farms and Stranraer pigs, the breakfast at 23 Mayfield is out of this world. There's a lovely old street lamp hanging above guests, but in winter you can have your morning repast by candlelight.
Located in a residential area near Arthur's Seat and out of the city center, which will appeal to some and put off others, 23 Mayfield is only 20 minutes by bus into the heart of things. Even walking will only take around 45 minutes if you feel like the exercise. Various bus routes go from a stop close to the hotel.
Aizle (15-minute walk) offers seasonal and adventurous five-course tasting menus for reasonable prices. Pataka (8-minute walk) is an excellent Indian restaurant.
South Pour (9-minute walk) is a friendly new pub with craft beers and acoustic nights. Or try sophisticated cocktail bar Dragonfly (20-minute bus, or 35-minute walk) on your way back from seeing the castle.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Swanky luxury at B&B prices, and with the personal touch: 23 Mayfield is one of the best of the bunch in Edinburgh in terms of style and swagger, with a top-notch breakfast to boot.