Across from the Royal Botanical Gardens, this renovated Victorian town house offers great value for money and a friendly welcome from manager Sheree. In winter, when the surrounding trees lose their leaves, a couple of the south-facing rooms have views of the castle. It's a little out-of-the-way (a 20-minute walk to the center), but there are several good restaurants and cafés are nearby.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is an old building and some rooms are up two flights of stairs. Some of the rooms are also quite small, although they are priced extremely competitively to reflect this.
Rooms are cozy and well-lit, with velour bedspreads, dark-wood furniture, and pale-gold curtains. The hotel also has some self-catering apartments next door, and a few rooms with four-poster beds overlooking the Gardens in the main property.
Room 8 on the top floor has a great bath, walk-in-shower and view of the castle.
The small reception has a welcoming vibe and seats if you need to wait for taxis, for example.
The reception area doubles as a surprisingly cosy private bar for guests and sells a fine selection of malt whiskies.
The hotel is a bit off the beaten track, but still within 20-30 minutes' walk of the main attractions. The plus side of its location is its tucked away feel.
The Orchard Bar and Restaurant (2-minute walk) is a stylish, family-friendly pub offering good roasts. Or try Coro the Chocolate Cafe (3-minute walk), where they "pour chocolate over everything", from pancakes to waffles (although there are some savory options left un-chocolated). Purslane (14-minute walk) offers Scottish high-end dining nearby.
The Other Place (6-minute walk) has a good wine list and over 150 beers from all over the world, available to quaff in an ambient setting with maps painted on the ceiling and bare brick walls. Hamiltons (14-minute walk) is a relaxed local bar with live music and tasty food and cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A very green spot to stay, right opposite the Royal Botanical Gardens, well-priced Inverleith Hotel combines the friendly welcome of a traditional B&B with the more professional feel of a small hotel, and the reception/bar is cute.