There's a clubby atmosphere throughout this hotel, which carries on a successful, sophisticated flirtation with modernity. Contemporary furnishings nicely set off the late-19th-century architecture, and the hotel, which is located on a pleasant square, manages to give off a quiet, hideaway vibe despite being just minutes from Princes Street. Staff are very friendly.
Rooms at the back of the hotel have amazing views over the city as the hill drops away behind you. Worth asking when you book.
The high-ceilinged rooms are typical of an Edinburgh town house and have gorgeous architectural features mixed with dark wood furnishings, crushed velvet floors and light greys, browns and blues. Even standard rooms have chandeliers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Sizes of the rooms can vary a little - check with reception when you book if this is an issue.
Bathrooms have eco-boutique toiletries and soft towels in white and grey.
The lobby is a high ceiling-ed, welcoming affair, with wing-backed chairs and a carpet that apes traditional black and white tiles. There's free water and shortbread.
The chic, unadorned restaurant focuses on beautifully presented modern classic cuisine starring quality Scots produce.
The hotel is a brisk walk from most of Edinburgh's main attractions, or a host of buses run from nearby Princes Street.
For a top-end treat, La Pompadour (8-minute walk) is a gorgeous French-style restaurant within the Waldorf Astoria - The Caledonian hotel. Or The Purslane (18-minute walk, 12-minute bus, or 8-minute drive) offers fresh, delicious Scottish game and seafood by candelight.
Go full Scots and try a ceilidh (a Scottish country dance) at Ghillie Dhu (9-minute walk) every Friday and Saturday night; they are a lot of fun, we promise. Or Harry's Bar (5-minute walk) is a nice bar that's also a social enterprise.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Want an exclusive-feeling hotel with friendly staff, good food, and sleek design, often at prices that seem like a steal for this kind of restrained luxury and elegance? The Bonham's got your name on it.