The Dunstane Houses – Edinburgh
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Two handsome Victorian villas standing opposite each other have been transformed into a single stylish family-run boutique hotel that offers a unique bolthole in Edinburgh. Infused with the spirit and romance of Orkney, where the owners’ roots lie, the interior blends the elegance of the neoclassical Old Town with vintage touches, contemporary flair and well-chosen art; it’s a decorative approach that’s both striking and subtle. The 35 bedrooms, spread between Dunstane House and Hampton House, are all different. Yours might have bold wallpaper and fabrics, a theatrical headboard, classic four-poster bed, in-room Victorian roll-top or fabulous Fired Earth bathroom. They cater to most budgets, from ‘cosy wee doubles’ to uber-luxurious suites. At the heart of the hotel, the elegantly laid-back Ba’ Bar provides all-day dining from a seasonally changing modern Scottish menu, and there’s an impressive selection of premium craft spirits. The whisky cabinet is a connoisseur’s treasure trove of vintage single malts and blends. It’s no wonder that it won the best guest hotel experience in Scotland at the prestigious Visit Scotland Thistle Awards 2020.
Doubles from £174
+44 (0)1313 376169; thedunstane.com