Stay at Themed and Unusual Hotels in Edinburgh

Which 4-Star and 5-Star Hotels in Edinburgh are the Most Unusual and Quirky?

Stop booking faceless and traditional hotel rooms and look for something just that little bit different for your break in Edinburgh. Something unusual or quirky yet luxurious and comfortable, which stands out from the crowd and guarantees to make your break in Edinburgh unforgettable? There are several hotels of character in and around the centre of Edinburgh which offer a unique experience to the discerning traveller, so what does the best 4 and 5-star hotel accommodation has to offer.

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  • Edinburgh has some totally unique themed hotel accommodation for totally different stay.
  • Fancy a themed hotel? Consider Le Monde (guest rooms decorated in the style of famous world cities), the dramatic and opulent Witchery by the Castle (luxury hotel where celebrities often stay while in Edinburgh)
  • For glitz and chic, consider the achingly cool Missoni Hotel decorated in the famous Missoni signature style, or the sexy and bold Tigerlily with its funky bars - not for the shy and retiring.
  • And if you love the downright quirky, why not consider one of the Ernest Shackleton themed rooms at Channings.

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Which hotels are the most quirky and unusual accommodation? Read on.

Unusual and Quirky 5-Star Hotels in Edinburgh

Witchery by the Castle

Witchery by the Castle set right on the Royal Mile is a famous restaurant offering what has to be the ultimate in quirky and unique accommodation. There are just seven suites with names such as the Library, the Vestry and the Inner Sanctum. Described by Conde Nast Traveller as an operatic fantasy, each of these gothic inspired suites are completely unique and some feature red velvet drapes, tapestries, four poster beds and the obligatory hidden nooks and crannies.

Hotel Missoni

Situated on the Royal Mile, the ultra-cool Hotel Missoni offers a funky designer experience to make a stay in Edinburgh unforgettable. The Missoni is the first of a unique brand of hotels from the Italian fashion house Missoni and the public areas and guest rooms feature that famous zig-zag pattern, the signature styling of the Missoni brand. With out-size monochrome vases in reception, rich fabrics and textiles and the bright and bold use of colour throughout the accommodation, the Missoni is sure to be impressive.

Prestonfield Hotel

Just a 10-minute drive from the city centre, the Prestonfield House Hotel is unusual both for its large 20 acres of parkland so close to the city centre as well as its 23 individually decorated and opulent rooms and suites. Guests can stroll through the charming gardens with statues, a croquet lawn and a Gothic tea house - plus the resident peacocks. Prestonfield is full of character. The rooms are lavishly decorated with rich fabrics for a totally indulgent and romantic stay.

Number 10 Hotel

Number 10 is a chic luxury hotel in the New Town area, just a short walk from Princes Street. With an Oriental theme throughout the hotel, it features Chinese statues and antiquities set in richly decorated guest rooms.

Scotsman Hotel

The historic Scotsman Hotel is located on North Bridge, just a 1-minute walk from the city centre. This unusual hotel is housed in the former Scotsman newspaper building, renovated to the highest standard with many original features such as ornate ceilings, stained glass windows and a marble staircase.

4-Star Unique Hotels in Edinburgh

Tigerlily Hotel

If you like your hotel loud and glitzy, then consider the Tigerlily Hotel on George Street. Each of the 33 rooms and suites are individually and tastefully decorated with a huge emphasis on design. For a unique experience try the Black Room with its hanging pod wicker chair, dark sensual design and black toilet paper. For a cocktail with a difference, try of the Tigerlily's funky bars with revolving glitter balls, bright pink leather seats and mirrored mosaics.

Channings Hotel

Channings is situated just outside the city centre in the residential area of Stockbridge and is a reassuringly traditional hotel yet appealingly quirky and chock full of character. Once the home of the Antarctica explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, the hotel is full of memorabilia and photographs inspired by his great voyages.

The 41 bedrooms are all different in layout and design, in rich fabrics and textiles, with some suites featuring unusual and striking design elements such as giant black. The accommodation also features white panoramic photos of Shackleton's ship in the bathroom, best viewed from the red Victorian roll top bath.

Le Monde Hotel

Located on the vibrant George Street, Le Monde is a fashionable and unusual boutique hotel with a unique theme - each of its guest rooms is styled and inspired by one of the great cities of the world. Each of the 18 rooms or suites is full of character - try Rio with a glass wall art of the famous statue, Christ the Redeemer, or maybe Beijing with oriental wallpaper and a hand crafted Chinese Dragon. Then there is Los Angeles complete with a Hollywood sign and photos of celebrities on the walls or Barcelona with a Gaudi mirror and Miro reproductions. Many of the rooms are equipped with DVD's or CD's reflecting the same theme.

Bonham Hotel

The contemporary townhouse hotel accommodation Bonham is located in Drumsheugh Gardens in the West End. It's decorated in bold colours featuring quirky design features with a particular focus on art and design. With just 48 bedrooms this buzzing boutique hotel is home to a stunning contemporary art collection and each guest room is individually styled in rich and vibrant colours.

Conclusion - Staying in themed and unusual hotel accommodation in Edinburgh

These exclusive hotels offer what we feel is a unique experience in terms of décor and design, as well as luxury hotel accommodation. Be aware though that individuality does not come cheap and these hotels are likely to be expensive, especially for some of the more unique and quirky guest rooms and suites.

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