City Stay - Edinburgh

Jul 4, 2018

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Thanks to Phil Hoffmann Travel.

Looming large over Scotland’s compact, hilly capital is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. The city boasts a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Meanwhile, Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill topped with monuments and memorials is a Mecca for vultures of culture.

Stay & Play

From budget to opulent hostelries, Edinburgh caters to all pockets. Top of the tree is The Balmoral. Although an Edinburgh landmark for more than a century, there's nothing old-fashioned about this Forte flagship. Luxurious bedrooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant, lavish afternoon teas in the Palm Court and a spacious spa add up to a sophisticated 21st-century version of a truly grand hotel. 23 Mayfield is about 20 mins walk from Edinburgh centre. Guest bedrooms, like the rest of the house, are like stage sets - all Tudor mahogany panelling, rich furnishings and jewel-like colours. Then breakfast is as lavish as the decor: full on Scots with cloutie dumpling and tattle scones, smoked haddock or kippers, steamed porridge with whisky.

Eat & Drink

Scottish cuisine is more than just haggis and shortbread. Head to busy Leith Walk for casual dining and the bakeries and cafes on vibrant Broughton Street, and New Town for fine dining. Origano Pizzeria serves the best gourmet pizzas made with hand-stretched dough in a cosy rustic-chic cafe-style restaurant. 236 Leith Walk, Edinburgh. TailEnd Restaurant & Fish Bar serves prime, golden fish and chip suppers in convivial surrounds. 14 -15 Albert Place, Edinburgh. Opulent to the extreme, The Dome is housed in an impressive former bank building, and serves cocktails, afternoon tea, lunch and dinner in the magnificent and memorable surrounds. 14 George St, New Town.

Shop

The definition of luxury shopping in Edinburgh is Multrees Walk. Home of Scotland’s only Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and other exclusive premier brands, the most discerning fashionistas will be happy here. There's a wide range of gifts and oddities in the Grassmarket. And along at the West End, William Street is a chic enclave of upmarket indie boutiques, gift shops and delis. George Street is a chic fashion hub with on trend brands including All Saints, Kooples, LK Bennett and Jigsaw.

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