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Unique "Over the Top" Edinburgh Hotel or B&B

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Unique "Over the Top" Edinburgh Hotel or B&B

Edinburgh will be the final stop of our UK Adventure. We are "casual tourists" who like to explore key sites at leisure, then relax and enjoy the culture of the area. We would like to stay in a historic or VERY UNIQUE Hotel/B&B/or Castle that is relatively convenient to the town (we would hope to walk, shop and bar hop). We have looked at a couple of B&Bs as well as the Dundas and Dalhouse castles.

Does anyone have any suggestions or other recommendations?

(Note prior to Edinburgh we will have been in London staying at Hotel 41, Bristol area staying at Thornbury Castle, and York at Lamb & Lion B&B.)

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1. Re: Unique "Over the Top" Edinburgh Hotel or B&B

Totall over the top: sounds like the Witchery, which has excellent food, and is right next to the Castle. If you have the budget.

http://www.thewitchery.com/Intro-Suites.html

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2. Re: Unique "Over the Top" Edinburgh Hotel or B&B

How about Prestonfield?

http://www.prestonfield.com/

www.prestonfield.com/Rooms-and-Suites.html

Its about a 10 min cab ride from the Royal Mile so not right in the centre but not too far away..

Have not stayed here but have been for other things (e.g. champagne afternoon tea) which was fab and the surroundings and ambience of the dining rooms is quite unique and very historic.

Enjoy :)

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3. Re: Unique "Over the Top" Edinburgh Hotel or B&B

I agree about the Witchery. You can't beat the location and is as medieval as it comes

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4. Re: Unique "Over the Top" Edinburgh Hotel or B&B

Dalhousie is nice but a long way out of town, and more a country house than a true castle. Unfortunately, the castle at Borthwick, which might also have interested you, has just ceased operation as a hotel.

The two suggestions so far are both good (and, coincidentally, part of the same group). Personally, I would go for Prestonfield House, which has an enormous wow factor with views over lawns and peacocks to Duddingston Loch and Arthur's Seat. During the summer there is a well-regarded Scottish Show in the extended stables, but the hotel is a little way from the city centre and you would need to take a short taxi ride to and fro. (The bus system in Edinburgh is excellent, but there isn't a stop convenient to the Prestonfield estate). The Witchery, on the other hand, is on the Royal Mile adjacent to the Castle Esplanade so could hardly be more convenient for the tourist trail and the city centre. It has character but not quite the same feel as Prestonfield House. The restaurants at both hotels are amongst the best in the city.

Another you might like to consider is the Balmoral on Princes Street. It's generally considered the premium address in the city and is a key landmark in its own right. It has some historical significance, but of the relatively recent, 19th-century, past.

I'm not familiar with the interior of the Chester Residence but it gets very high ratings amongst luxury hotels, so might also warrant your consideration. It's sited in a quiet part of the Georgian New Town, not perhaps quite as convenient as the Witchery for the tourist trail, but nevertheless central and close to the up-market shopping areas. Rooms at the rear should have good views over the Dean valley towards the Firth of Forth and the Fife hills. It is possible to make similar cases for the Rutland and Tigerlily, both of which are on busier streets and slightly more central.

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5. Re: Unique "Over the Top" Edinburgh Hotel or B&B

A third vote for the Witchery. It's special inside and so close to all the action, you're about as close to the Castle as you can get. The rooms are small but so ornate and medieval - definitely something to make your stay in Edinburgh memorable.

Abs :)

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6. Re: Unique "Over the Top" Edinburgh Hotel or B&B

Have you considered The Howard... A beautiful hotel with butlar service but very traditional... Had my wedding reception there (party of 20 guests, all stayed at the hotel) every said how amazing the service was and they would have no hesitation in returning.

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7. Re: Unique "Over the Top" Edinburgh Hotel or B&B

Brett-Christy

I have never stayed, but we are planning to stay at Dalhousie Castle for 2 nights during our stay in August. I have also booked time for Falconry experience for our group of 4.

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8. Re: Unique "Over the Top" Edinburgh Hotel or B&B

Witchery also gets my vote. Pricey but so worth it and within walking distance of all major attractions. It is certainly unique. Prestonfield also good but a bit out from centre would need to take taxi into centre.

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9. Re: Unique "Over the Top" Edinburgh Hotel or B&B

Yes, whenever I read "over the top" I thought The Witchery was what you were looking for. Great food and it's one of a kind. I have stayed at and it's nice but I think Witchery fits the bill better.

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10. Re: Unique "Over the Top" Edinburgh Hotel or B&B

John987654321 "Rooms at the rear should have good views over the Dean valley towards the Firth of Forth and the Fife"

I think you are confusing The Edinburgh Residence and the Chester Residence. In the Edinburgh Residence, the rooms facing north (back) have views towards the Forth and Fife. The Chester Residence north (front) look towards The Edinburgh Residence.

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