This is a five star, luxury hotel located outside of city center in a manor house which has had additions to create very elegant rooms. Each room seems to be individually furnished with antique and/or very classical formal accoutrements. The rooms look out over gardens or the golf course. The staff is very attentive. There are many private lounges where a guest can relax in a variety of settings, all comfortable and definitely formal in décor. The restaurant, Rhubarb, has the look of a grand dining room set for a meal with royalty. (There appeared to be four wine glasses at each setting.) Although there are no dress requirements, the atmosphere seems to naturally demand subdued, dignified and proper etiquette. The hotel is justifiably highly rated as one of the top accommodations in Edinburgh. For me, the stay was pleasant but the level of formality that exudes from the place itself made it difficult to feel completely at ease. I suppose I would have appreciated staff encouraging a little more levity and reducing the feeling of formality just a touch. The hotel itself speaks for its elegance and history. This is definitely a hotel for the upper crust.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Prestonfield is Edinburgh's most indulgent retreat and Scotland's latest 5-star hotel. Rated one of the "Best 101 Hotels in the World" by Tatler/Abercrombie & Kent and AA Hotel of the Year 2005, this exceptional hotel is near Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Prestonfield has been lavishly restored by new owner James Thomson of Edinburgh's famous Witchery by the Castle. Now guests find every modern convenience hidden behind the velvet-upholstered walls of Edinburgh's most talked-about bedrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Prestonfield Hotel Edinburgh
- Prestonfield Edinburgh, Scotland