On entering the less than imposing foyer of The Scotsman I almost felt like clocking in for a day shift on the hotstone of the once HQ of the noble tabloid, gloomy is an apt description.
The staff were personable enough and we were taken to our room ,no 609 by a very smart young man. Senior management in the shape of my wife suggested the room was dour and a tad depressing, the view of the back of the hotel was only missing some guard towers and barbed wire. Still with a light heart we set of to the brasserie for dinner, and whilst having a pre dinner beverage there decided that it was too cold to sit there for long. We decanted to the foyer where there was a fire. I would like to say that it was roaring away but the best it could manage was a gentle glow, perhaps a management meeting was required to add more coal.
And so back into the brasserie for dinner where my wife thought that the hand dived scallops would be the ideal starter, it was ordered and along it came and gave a wonderful solo performance, yes dear reader, there was only one, accompanied by a one inch square of belly pork and some stuff dabbed round the side of the plate. At nearly twelve pounds this has to be the most expensive scallop in the world. The main course was fine, the wine slightly overpriced, but then what hotel doesn't? We made up for the general air of gloom at the Scotsman by taking ourselves of to a pub round the corner for whiskies and live music. The one night stay at The Scotsman wasn;t cheap, we had paid for an upgrade to an executive suite, I don't know what kind of executives go to Edinburgh but I can't see them putting up with that. We met clients the next day for lunch at a different hotel I don't think it would be fair of me to mention it's name but by George it was splendid and we will undoubtedly stay there on our next visit. A final note from senior management about The Scotsman,,"Quite a bit up itself" she suggested
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a desirable location on North Bridge, The 4 star Scotsman Hotel is nestled between the hustle and bustle of the New Town and the historical Old Town, the hotel is perfectly located to explore Edinburgh. Just off the famous Royal Mile, Waverley Train Station and Princess Street are within 2 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Tourist attractions, entertainment venues, restaurants, bars and shopping are all conveniently near-by, making The Scotsman Hotel the ideal base to explore the our great city. Many of the original features and layout remain intact from the former national newspaper of Scotland printing house, bringing historical character to this luxury boutique hotel. The Marble staircase, now the centre of the hotel, retains its imposing stained glass window and glows magnificently by candle light each evening. Within the heart of the historic and iconic building is our comfortable bar and lounge area which serves a wide variety of drinks to suit all tastes, a luxurious afternoon tea and a great range of bar snacks. A high quality Scottish breakfast with superb service is served daily in our dedicated breakfast restaurant. With discounted parking at local secure car park, complimentary Wi-Fi and all the little extras you would expect from a 4 star boutique hotel, we look forward to welcoming you soon to The Scotsman Hotel. ... more less
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- The Scotsman Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland
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