Deluxe Four and Five Start Accommodation
From the beautifully elegant Georgian New Town to the history-packed medieval tenements found in Old Town, Edinburgh is considered to be one of the most compelling and beautiful cities on Earth. The city centre is easy to navigate by bus or tram but the best way to get to know Edinburgh is on foot. There are mysterious courtyards, picturesque views, secret gardens and amazing architectural feats.
The city is becoming very cosmopolitan with five Michelin-starred restaurants, vibrant nightlife, growing cafe culture, a burgeoning arts scene and four and five-star luxury accommodations.
There are multiple accommodation options in the city centre that are within walking distance to the best sites. If you are interested in visiting the Scott Monument, The Royal Scottish Academy, Scottish National Gallery and Edinburgh Dungeon, there are a dozen luxury hotels within half of a kilometre. In the city centre, there are also many luxury spa hotels that deliver the entire package of relaxation and pampering.
If you are interested in a more relaxing, quaint, countryside luxury vacation, there are many boutique hotels and bed and breakfast locations that offer some of the best food and service around. A b&b can be an excellent choice as it allows you to live like a local for a short time and they sometimes have deals on rooms.
Located on the Royal Mile in the historic section of the city is the detailed Thistle Chapel, which is still being used by the 16 Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Thistle. Further up the road, you will find the Royal Mile Lawnmarket and Edinburgh Castle in which you can take a guided tour to learn more about the history. It is one of Edinburgh’s busiest attractions. Continue to the National Museum of Scotland and lose yourself in the Grand Gallery followed by the Scottish Galleries. If shopping is on your mind, head to the Grassmarket at Candlemaker Row where they sell vintage clothes, cashmere and fossils.
About a 15-minute walk along Castle Terrace and you will reach Immaculate Charlotte Square in New Town. Take a tour of the National Trust’s Georgian House then continue to Stockbridge to view the architectural glories along India Street and Moray Place. Also in Stockbridge, you will find numerous galleries, shops and petty streets. Stockbridge is a gentrifying neighbourhood that has been kick-started by the creative class.
Top Places to Eat – Michelin Star Restaurants
Throughout your journey, there are many excellent restaurants for you to enjoy from hole-in-the-wall locations with exceptional food to four and five star dining options. You can taste any type of cuisine from seafood to Thai to Indian, French, Spanish, street food and fine dining.
There is something for all tastes and budgets and each of these options are close to the city centre hotels or bed and breakfast lodging so you do not need to travel far to enjoy delicious food. Also, the higher-end hotels feature fine dining restaurants with various cuisine types that have some of the best food in Edinburgh.
Castle Terrace (33-35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland): michelin star restaurant serving amazing food. Restaurant with a lovely and relaxed ambience, impeccable service.
Number One (The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, EH2 2EQ Scotland /Castle/Royal Mile/High St): wonderful first class restaurant located in the basement of the grand Edwardian Balmoral hotel. Food is delicious.
The Kitchin (78 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LX, Scotland): michelin star restaurant. The food is excellent and the service very professional.
21212 (3 Royal Terrace, EH7 5AB Scotland /Calton Hill): restaurant serving fabulous and perfectly cooked food in a luxurious decor. Located in a Georgian townhouse designed by Thomas Playfair.