Priestfield Rd., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH16 5UT, Scotland
The cattle grazing on the hotel's 20-acre grounds let you know that you've entered a different world, even though you're five minutes by car from the Royal Mile. A long list of film stars, prime ministers, and VIPs have rested their heads here over the years, including Sir Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and Elton John. Inside this 1687 mansion, baroque opulence reigns in the well-restored public rooms; there are plenty of gilt treasures to relax among as you sip a whisky. Guest rooms are individually decorated, mixing antiques with the latest amenities for total indulgence. The romantic Rhubarb restaurant, created by James Thomson—the man behind the Witchery—is suitably sumptuous: expect theatrical decor and a menu showcasing the best Scottish produce, such as hand-dived scallops, venison, and partridge.
- eccentric grandeur
- comfortable beds
- slightly haphazard service
- brooding decor can look gloomy
Rate Includes: Breakfast; Some meals
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