Compare Witchery and Prestonfield Romantic Boutique Hotels in Edinburgh

Which Hotel is Better for Romantic Break, Prestonfield Hotel or Witchery by the Castle?

Looking for a luxury romantic hotel in Edinburgh? Then consider Prestonfield Hotel and the Witchery by the Castle, both 5-star and considered to be two of the most romantic hotels in Edinburgh.

Both hotels are top of the price range when it comes to luxury accommodation in Edinburgh, both are owned by top Scottish hotelier-restaurateur James Thomson and both offer the ultimate romantic boutique experience -- but in very different ways.

So which of the two Prestonfield Hotel and the Witchery by the Castle offer that truly 5-star sexy hotel experience for the ultimate romantic break.

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Comparison of Witchery by the Castle and Prestonfield Hotels in Edinburgh

  • The opulent Prestonfield Hotel is located in acres of gardens a 10-minute drive from the city centre, whereas the Gothic Witchery by the Castle is situated on the Royal Mile, right in the City Centre and extremely close to Edinburgh Castle.
  • Both have highly-innovative and glamorous restaurants, offering fine dining in opulent and ornate surroundings.
  • The Witchery and Prestonfield House both have bedrooms and suites are decadent and stylish, many with four poster beds, perfect for a romantic break in the city.

Where to Stay in Edinburgh, Witchery by the Castle or Prestonfield House Hotel

The Prestonfield

Luxurious, sexy hotel rooms displaying tremendous character and indulgent decadence.

Location: Outside Edinburgh City Centre

The 5-star Prestonfield House Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Edinburgh City Centre. It is a luxury countryhouse hotel set in 13 acres of private gardens and woodlands, so it offers a quiet haven close to the city.

You can stroll around the gardens and come across peacocks and Highland Cattle or you can relax on the putting green or the croquet lawn. There is even an 18-hole golf course or you can use mountain bikes if you're feeling active.

The baroque style Prestonfield was built in 1687 as the home of the Lord Provost. The boutique hotel now consists of just 18 luxuriously decorated rooms and opulent suites. The decor is stylish and sexy, dramatic and romantic, with sensual fabrics such as velvet and silk in deep colours.

The rooms are filled with tasteful yet striking antique art and furniture, each individually chosen and styled.

Despite the opulent style of the room, technology has not been forgotten and all rooms feature a media cabinet with plasma TVs, DVD and CD players, plus there is free WiFi. The suites are even more extravagant, with separate sitting rooms and most feature an antique four poster bed -- although the Benjamin Franklin Suite goes ones step further with a huge silver leaf sleigh bed and antique chaise longue.

The guest rooms and suites overlook the Prestonfield gardens, across to the landmark Arthur's Seat, over the golf course and Holyrood Park, or across to the ruins of Craigmillar Castle.

There is an innovative and glamorous restaurant Rhubarb open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which uses fresh and locally sourced ingredients. It is decorated in the same trademark opulent style as the guest rooms and provides a romantic and decadent eating experience. Alternatively, guests can hire one of the private dining rooms including one for just two diners, tucked away by a stone turret stair and romantically overlooking the rose garden.

Despite the emphasis on romance and decadence, the Prestonfield Hotel provides all the services normally associated with a luxury hotel such as valet parking, free parking, concierge service, business services, 24 hour room service, airport collection and even a helipad.

In short, The Prestonfield provides the perfect setting for a decadent and romantic weekend in a peaceful location but just a stone's throw away from the city centre.

Recent awards won by the Prestonfield include:

  • AA Inspectors' Choice Red Star Award at the 2010 AA Hospitality Awards
  • Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold Award 2009 2010

Average room price for five star Prestonfield House for 1 night Average room price per night: £158-£295 ($248-$464) - Check availability at The Prestonfield

Witchery by the Castle

Uniquely gothic atmosphere and luxurious, over-the-top decor.

Location: Royal Mile

The romantic boutique Witchery by the Castle is not so much a 5-star hotel as a 5-star bed and breakfast. The Witchery is a fashionable restaurant with luxury suites attached. It is located in a converted 16th century building in Castlehill, right on the Royal Mile and very close to Edinburgh Castle, so it is perfectly situated for both tourist attractions and shopping.

The Witchery by the Castle is boutique accommodation with just eight Gothic inspired suites including their latest one which has just been added, the Heriot Suite named after the nearby George Heriot's School which was the inspiration for Hogwarts of Harry Potter fame.

The Heriot Suite is dramatically decorated in rich tapestries, has a separate bedroom, dressing room and sitting room. The bedroom features a lavish four poster bed with an antique Gothic oak headboard with gold and green velvet hangings.

The bathroom resembles a chapel with a vaulted Gothic ceiling and mirrored walls. Other suites include the Vestry, with decadent red gold and black furnishings and materials and a distinctive and very dramatic red bathroom; the Library with its hidden book-filled bathroom; and the Old Rectory with its striking red bedroom and huge Gothic bed.

Each of the rooms is very distinctive and offers a dramatic and intimate atmosphere, perfect for a romantic weekend away. The Witchery by the Castle offers a very unusual experience and it is often booked up several months in advance. Many celebrities, such as Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Joanna Lumley, Pierce Brosnan and Dannii Minogue have either eaten or stayed at the Witchery and it is well-known as a glamorous and fashionable place to stay.

As a set of luxury suites rather than a hotel, the Witchery is classed as 5-star guest accommodation rather than a hotel and it does not offer some of the traditional facilities that a 5-star hotel might offer.

Continental breakfast is delivered to the suites in a hamper and there is no room service. Due to the central location on the doorstep of Edinburgh Castle, there is no parking at the hotel.

Described by Dannii Minogue as the perfect lust den and voted number 3 in the Tripadvisor list of Europe's sexiest hotels, there is no doubt that the Witchery is a highly romantic place to stay, right in the centre of Edinburgh.

Average room price for five star Witchery for 1 night Average room price per night: £295 ($500) - Check availability at The Witchery

Conclusion - Where to stay, Prestonfield or Witchery by the Castle

Both the Prestonfield and the Witchery by the Castle offer unique and opulent guest accommodation. The guest rooms of both hotels are decadent, sexy and highly unusual and it's unlikely that you would fail to be impressed by the rooms or suites of either of them. Your choice might come down to the location.

Both the Prestonfield and Witchery enjoy excellent but very different locations. If you fancy taking some quiet time to stroll through peaceful gardens then you might well swing towards the Prestonfield, whereas if you want to be right in the middle of the centre of Edinburgh then maybe the Witchery would be a better choice.

As both hotels are so popular, it is hard to find discounted rates for either of them, especially the Witchery which is usually booked up several months in advance -- but then the rates do include a bottle of champagne to make the most of your romantic stay.

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