On top of a steep street lined with shops and restaurants stands this charming property, consisting of two Georgian houses. Here, time seems to have stopped—in the 19th century, when the famous essayist Christopher North lived here. Upon arrival, you fall under the spell of this mixture of classicism and modernity, which both delights and reassures. There's no elevator to reach the 28 rooms and suites; instead, you'll find a magnificently romantic spiral staircase.
The rooms, large and small, are bedecked in chic stripes, tartans, and tweeds in warm hues. The furniture is decidedly Scottish. The suites each have a lounge area and three have Jacuzzis. Room service is available round the clock, using only the best Scottish produce. The chief advocates local and organic food: mussels and fish from the mountain lochs and farm lamb from the famous butcher Puddledub. The bar looks like a private club and offers a great list of scotches, both blends and single malts.
10 Gloucester Place
Edinburgh EH3 6EF
+44 131 225 2720
Rooms: from 150 GBP