We stayed in the Sempill suite for 3 nights for my husbands 30th birthday!
This is a totally different experience from staying in a standard/modern hotel. If you want everything modern and perfectly finished this isn't the place. Its rustic, lots of fabrics and velvets and full of unique and strange items - some very bizarre. There was a crack on the mirror in the bath, strange wallpaper that was snapped in half, 2 funky lights in the dining room - one with the bottom broke off, but it all adds to the character of the room, I wouldn't complain about it. It makes it what it is.
The Sempill suite is the opposite side of the road from the main witchery building - all suites are except 2. We walked down a close called Jollies close to a locked gate that your room key opens then up to our own front door. When entering the room we were amazed at the size of it. Huge long corridor. The website doesn't do the rooms justice.
To the left was the kitchen - big enough room with a full cooker, plenty tea/coffee, large fridge with freezer and fresh milk and cupboards with pans. An iron & iron board was also in there.
Out of the kitchen you are in a small lobby area. On the table is where the serve the champagne and 2 bottles of water on ice - every day! We kept our champagne to have with breakfast. There is also a jar with 2 fresh cookies.
Along the corridor you come to the dining area. Large benches, a desk (with guest note book) and the breakfast table which is nicely laid out. Large fireplace with electric fire (not sure if it worked).
Next is the very large bathroom. Underfloor heating - that could get very hot! Large sink with really nice toiletries, Molton brown hand wash & cream, large roll top bath big enough for to with Molton brown shampoo & shower gel. Illumated makeup/shaving mirror. Plenty towels for the 2 of us.
Then into the very large bedroom. Four poster bed, very comfy and cosy. Not much storage, a small cupboard with hangers. Lots of objects like a large chest, unusual scottish history books, panel on wall for controlling heating or air conditioning - it can get very hot, but easy to cool down. Hair dryer, GHD straighteners and a safe. Large unit with doors that open to a large plasma TV and DVD player. A selection of DVDs. Bose CD player/radio next to bed and phone. Another large fireplace with electric fire (again not sure if worked)
There are lots of windows with roll down blinds and large heavy velvet curtains. Original sash & case windows that all open. Lots of lights switches in the entire suite, but it is very dull. All lights are on dimmers. You can get the bathroom quite bright. But it all adds to the feel of the place, its not meant to be bright and airy.
The suite above can be noisy though as with the original floorboards you an hear every footstep. Not much views from any of the windows, all brick walls.
No internet access, but this isnt the kind of place you want to work or use the internet.
It is literally a 2 minute walk to the castle and perfect location on the Royal Mile.
Most of the staff were really nice and helpful, but we didnt have much dealings with them except for Roxy who was the guy that took us to our room & served breakfast, very camp but lovely guy, very very helpful.
Breakfast in room is free and continental. You can pay to eat in the restaurant for a hot breakfast but we found it was plenty. 2 crossiants & 2 chocolate au pain, choice of cereals, choice of fruit platters, a yogurt and cheese and meat pleat - delicous freashly squeezed orange juice - it is really nice, and goes well in the champagne to.
We ate in the restaurant which wasn't that great to be honest, slightly overpriced, £34 for a fillet of steak without any side orders! It was nice enough but there are loads of other nice places around, the Thai Orchid is really nice and just down a few steps you are in the Grassmarket with plenty choice - the Musells & steak restaurant is lovely!
Overall the price of £295 per night seems expensive, but we did think it was worth it. For a bottle champagne, 2 bottles of water, 2 cookies, a bar of their own chocolate (£4 to buy), fresh milk and breakfast every day, and for the size of the suite and the experience of it and where it is, its not too bad.
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