The Dunstane Houses

4 West Coates & 5 Hampton Terrace, Haymarket Edinburgh, EH12 5JQ, Scotland

Jennifer Rigby

A gem of a boutique hotel in a city strangely not overly blessed in this arena, The Dunstane offers luxury, comfort, good taste, good food, and good fun. It's no surprise it was just crowned Edinburgh's best boutique hotel in the Scottish Hotel Awards, and from the gorgeous garden approach to the swanky bar, complete with whisky and gin tastings, it just gets it right. The hotel also partners with local guides to offer quirky tours, and we liked the unique touches in the property too, like the cool old phones (which work!) in many of the rooms.

room

There are 35 rooms across the two buildings, either side of the road, that make up the Dunstane Houses. The 16 in Dunstane House itself (the other building is the Hampton House) are newly refurbished. All of the new rooms are beautifully decorated, with beautiful Persian rugs and cool touches, like peacock feather wallpaper and tweed headboards. All the rooms across both buildings have very comfortable beds and all mod-cons, like smart TVs.

YOU SHOULD KNOW It feels a little weird at first that the hotel is split, with a main road between the two properties. The decor in Hampton House is not quite as cool, although the rooms are still comfortable, and the bar is located in Dunstane House, although you can get breakfast in both properties, and both have a lounge. Hampton House has a conservatory, too.

bathroom

Bathrooms have lush Noble Isle toiletries and the newer rooms are all Fired Earth. The Dunstane Suite has a lovely freestanding copper bath in the window, but all of the bathrooms in every room - even the 'wee doubles' - manage to blend a feeling of luxury with a home-y vibe. Three of the rooms have baths, the others power showers.

Room 17 has cool sloping ceilings and a bathroom down the stairs for a quirky choice. The bathroom tiles are gorgeous too.

lobby

The hotel's entrance is lovely, with a big wooden reception desk to your left, by the imposing central staircase. Pictures of classic cars (one of the owners' passions) and vintage Orkney snaps (the other half) are dotted around.

dining

The hotel's Ba'Bar has tasty Scottish food all day, much of it sourced from Orkney. The huge burger comes highly recommended, too. Breakfast is great and the night porter will even provide whatever has been delivered in the wee small hours if you have an early flight, which is a nice touch.

drinking

The Ba'Bar is a swanky, inviting spot, candle lit at night, with velvet chairs and sofas, dark blue walls, and a fantastic spirits selection.

The owners Shirley and Derek are from the Orkney Islands, which inspires elements across the hotel, from the Orkney Harris Tweed on the chairs in front of the bar to the Kirkjuvagr (pronounced 'kirkuvar') Orkney gin behind it.

LOCATION

Getting Around

The hotel is about 20 minutes by foot from the Old Town, but buses run along the street in front of the hotel if you're weary from sightseeing.

Restaurants

Otro (13-minute walk) offers tasty Scottish/Spanish food, or take a taxi to Michelin-starred 21212 (19-minute drive) for a treat.

Bars

If you like gin, don't miss The Jolly Botanist (11-minute walk). Ryries (12-minute walk) is a more traditional Scottish drinking den, with live comedy and music.

WHY WE LIKE IT

A great boutique hotel where everything feels like a special treat, with friendly staff, lovely beds, and great food and drink. Top-notch.

QUICK FACTS

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0131-337-6169

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