A charming stay in the heart of Edinburgh

Leanne Robson
·2-min read
Photo credit: Courtesy of Dunstane House
Photo credit: Courtesy of Dunstane House

From Town & Country

At the independent family-run hotel Dunstane House, the atmosphere is warm and friendly from the get-go, with smiling staff who greet you at the door by name. Situated just a short stroll from Edinburgh’s buzzy West End, the hotel takes the form of two heritage buildings, inside which you’ll find 35 contemporary guest-rooms. The owners have struck the perfect balance between elevated luxury and everyday home comforts, and from the moment we checked in, we immediately started to unwind.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Dunstane House
Photo credit: Courtesy of Dunstane House

Our room was the Dunstane Suite, which has proven to be an unforgettable highlight of this year – one in which we sadly had to cancel our wedding due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A copper roll-top bath was the focal point of the room, perfect for sinking tired feet and achy shoulders into, and enjoying a soak with great views of the city’s skyline. The room also came with fluffy robes, a selection of homemade shortbread and a plush king-size bed.

Throughout the hotel, interiors are contemporary yet sympathetic to the building’s heritage. Beautiful finishing touches adorn the rooms, such as Roberts radios, artworks depicting the city and soft, brushed-linen furnishings.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Dunstane House
Photo credit: Courtesy of Dunstane House

Downstairs, the Ba Bar has a small but delicious menu based on locally sourced ingredients and Scottish flavours. A vintage whisky nightcap seemed like the natural way to round off an evening spent in the cosy dining area (although we discovered that the bartender makes a mean espresso martini).

Photo credit: Courtesy of Dunstane House
Photo credit: Courtesy of Dunstane House

After a heavenly night’s sleep, we set out to explore on a crisp autumn morning, but not before enjoying a hot, hearty Full English breakfast with a Highland twist, which was delivered to our door – we especially loved the black pudding and tattie scones.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Dunstane House
Photo credit: Courtesy of Dunstane House

The best way to see all the sights was on foot, including walking the Leith waterway that follows the river right into the town, catching glimpses of the magical city peeking through the trees along the way. Even just a short stroll on the cobbled streets of Edinburgh will take you through winding walkways, past castles and old inns. As we packed up, we reflected that Dunstane House and this fairy-tale city had truly provided us with a reassuring and restorative break from the uncertainty of these times.

For more information and to book, visit www.thedunstane.com.