Stay at the Edinburgh Residence Hotel
How Good Is This Elegant Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh?
Are you considering a stay at the Edinburgh Residence Hotel in Edinburgh? This hotel is a tempting choice as it offers incredibly spacious suites, extravagantly-sized bathrooms, and private dining. The emphasis is firmly on offering an exclusive and private, yet relaxed hotel experience.
This traditionally and stylishly decorated hotel, created from three linked Georgian townhouses, is a unique hotel in many senses. But is the Edinburgh Residence a better choice than other 5-star hotels close to the City Centre?
I've read hundreds of reviews from guests who have stayed at the Edinburgh Residence over the years and the following is a clear and unbiased summary of what these guests really thought of their stay at this hotel.
What's special about the Edinburgh Residence Hotel?
- Only 29 unusually spacious and well appointed suites, many with separate living rooms and dining areas, and with amazingly spacious bathrooms, all designed to make a guest feel as if they are staying in a private home rather than a hotel.
- Extremely high level of service, with professional staff who are eager to help, 24 hour room service and free valet parking.
- Location: The Edinburgh Residence is located in a tree-lined avenue in a quiet part of the New Town, near Dean Village and Stockbridge, a short and pleasant stroll to the centre of the city.
Read discounted room rates.
What do guests really think?
What was striking is that there were extremely few average or negative reviews of the Edinburgh Residence, and for many people the worst part of the experience was going home! The vast majority felt that staying there is a unique experience, a real home away from home.
- With a choice of three types of suites, Classic, Grand or Townhouse, the guest rooms are incredibly spacious, with the larger suites having a separate living and dining area. Many reviewers commented that it was more like staying in a private home or apartment than a hotel.
- The atmosphere of the hotel is quiet and traditionally elegant, with oak-panelled walls and high ceilings, tastefully decorated with Victorian artwork and knick-knacks.
- The guests felt that the Edinburgh Residence offers a unique experience and incredible value for money, considering the high level of service and the spaciousness of the accommodation. It is especially good value for families, as some of the suites can take up to four people.
If you are looking for a contemporary and hip hotel, with a party atmosphere, right in the centre of Edinburgh, then this is not the hotel for you! However if you are looking for a relaxing and secluded experience, in traditional and elegant surroundings, then you should definitely consider the Edinburgh Residence.
This hotel does seem to offer very good value for money, especially with many discounted rates available online, and is perfect for leisure and business travellers alike.
With its uniquely spacious and private suites and extremely high level of service, it is especially suited to families, travellers on an extended stay in Edinburgh, or simply to those in search of a peaceful, relaxed and romantic atmosphere.
Stay at the Edinburgh Residence Hotel in Edinburgh
Elegant hotel for a luxury, private stay. Quiet Dean Village location in West End.
Average room price per night: £130-£233 ($204-$366)
What is the Edinburgh Residence Hotel like?
The Edinburgh Residence is part of the Townhouse group of hotels, and is totally unique in that it offers 29 spacious suites with private dining facilities. The hotel also offers an extremely high level of service, with the emphasis being on the guest creating their own private and exclusive residence.
Building and room design
- The Edinburgh Residence offers three types of suite, Classic, Grand or Townhouse, the largest having a separate living area incorporating a dining area with full dining suite. Most reviewers described the rooms as incredibly elegant and spacious, with many stating that it was the largest hotel room they had ever stayed in.
- Many of the suites offer excellent views, some over private gardens or Dean Village, and one with a view of Edinburgh Castle.
- The rooms are of very elegant and traditional design. A small minority of reviewers felt that the rooms are becoming a little frayed at the edges.
- There are many amenities in the guest rooms which are unique and add to the feeling of staying in an apartment, such as a microwave, crockery and a fully stocked and reasonably priced fridge.
- Most guests reported that the rooms were spotlessly clean and maintained, although a couple of reviewers reported problems in this area.
- The bathrooms are also unusually large, some with a large roll-top freestanding bath, or huge powerful rain shower, all styled with elegant Victorian fittings.
Staff and level of service
- The level of service was highly praised by the majority of reviewers. The staff are friendly and professional, but unobtrusive, and ready to help with requests from booking restaurants to recommending sightseeing, to printing off boarding cards.
- There is a 24 hour concierge service and 24 hour room service.
- A couple of reviewers pointed out a few lapses in service such as erratic turn down service and coffee and tea not being replenished but these represented a very small percentage of the overall reviews.
Food and drink
- Breakfast (full Scottish or Continental) is taken in-room, and delivered at the requested time. The vast majority of reviewers loved the quality of the breakfast, with it being described as fabulous, sumptuous and delicious. Many people also enjoyed taking breakfast in their own dining area as it is an incredibly relaxing and informal experience.
- There is a microwave and cutlery and crockery provided in the room, with a food preparation area, which makes the Edinburgh Residence suitable for families, and also for leisure of business travellers staying for extended periods.
- 24 hour room service is available, and many reviewers particularly loved the afternoon tea, which can also be taken in the elegant Georgian drawing room.
- There is a restaurant, Number 7, however at the time of writing, it was newly opened, and no reviews were available.
Location and parking
- The Edinburgh Residence hotel is located in a quiet West End neighbourhood, a 5-minute walk from Princes Street, a 10-minute walk from Haymarket, and a 15-minute walk to Edinburgh Castle. Although not right in the city centre, most reviewers felt that it was excellently located.
- The Edinburgh Residence offers free valet parking, which was considered a huge bonus by most reviewers.
- There is a guest book at reception with details of nearby restaurants, all reviewed by previous guests.
- Many reviewers seem to have been given complementary upgrades to more spacious suites.
- They cater well for children, with a 24 hour children's menu available, as well as providing colouring books and games.
- The elegantly decorated drawing room, perfect for relaxing, offers an honesty bar.
Staying at the Edinburgh Residence, Edinburgh - Web links
- Great Places to Stay - Edinburgh Residence, Edinburgh - RampantScotland.com
- Edinburgh Residence Review - Hotel Review Scotland