Edinburgh is a lovely city to visit for a minibreak, but I have always thought the boutique and design hotel choices were limited. So when I heard about the refurbishment and reopening of Dunstane Houses, a luxury boutique hotel in Edinburgh, it made complete sense.
The Dunstane Houses are located in Edinburgh’s West End, 15 minutes walk from Princes Street and the centre of town, but only a few minutes from Haymarket train station.
My mum and I visited mid-week and the family-run hotel was instantly welcoming. We were efficiently checked in and asked if we’d like to try their whisky of the week, a wonderfully smooth spirit with a hint of caramel.
Owners Shirley and Derek Mowat bought the property (which dates back to 1852) two decades ago and have brought in hip hotel designer Hannah Lohan to transform the design of the building and bedrooms. Along with the modern amenities and country-house furniture the couple have ensured there are thoughtful details throughout, many of which are a nod to their Orkney Island roots.
There are 16 rooms in Dunstane House (Hampton House across the road will unveil a further 8 renovated bedrooms later this year). From the smallest Luxury Wee Double to the largest Dunstane Suite, each room is individually decorated and arranged to make each and every guest feel at home, wherever they are staying.
We were very at home in Bedroom number 1, The Ronaldsay Suite, on the ground floor. We were in awe of the high ceiling, and beautiful layout of the room, with a giant freestanding tub by the windows, and lavish Vispring king-size bed topped with pale blue tartan blanket and cushions. I also noticed the lovely original parquet flooring, which added a touch of vintage charm to the room.
A small seating area was perfect for late afternoon relaxing, and we devoured the freshly made shortbread they had kindly left for us! The smart bathroom had a walk-in shower and black marble sink, stocked up with Noble Isle toiletries.
We couldn’t resist the opportunity to enjoy breakfast in bed… and I was very glad we had when it arrived in a cute little picnic basket. The tartan-lined basket was overflowering with treats, fresh fruit and buttery pastries, yoghurt and juice. You can also order hot dishes in the room, from a bowl of warming porridge with stewed apple to a hearty full Scottish.
We spent a lovely evening in the Ba’Bar, the elegant restaurant and bar area of the hotel. This lounge encourages guests to relax, with large armchairs and gorgeous velvet sofas. The bar is stocked with a wide range of premium and craft spirits. We enjoyed whisky cocktails expertly made by the bartender with a Scottish whisky, walnut bitters and a twist of orange. The food menu is short and sweet, with small and large plates all priced very reasonably. We only tried a few snacks but everything was delicious, using high quality ingredients and presented attractively on the plates.
The Dunstane Houses ticks every box, I can’t think of a more lovely place to stay for a weekend break in Edinburgh.
More information and book a stay at The Dunstane Houses here.