Converted hotels are all the rage at the moment around the globe. Many travellers have had enough of generic international hotels and are seeking out stylish boutique hotels in converted buildings.
Edinburgh lends itself to this trend very well. The city has many historic buildings which have been, giving a new and cool lease of life by the introduction of a boutique hotel.
To help visitors pinpoint these converted boutique hotels I have put together a list of those I know, appreciate and recommend. Here they are, in no particular order – click on a hotel name to search for the latest hotels deals available;
- Hotel du Vin & Bistro Edinburgh (4-Star) – this super cool hotel was once originally a lunatic asylum.
- The Scotsman (5-Star) – the former editorial offices of The Scotsman newspaper have been lovingly converted into an elegant baronial-style hotel.
- Fraser Suites Edinburgh (4-Star) – this stylish hotel has been converted from a series of buildings used for newspaper publishing at the end of the 19th century. The views from here over Princes Street Gardens are amazing.
- Prestonfield House Hotel (5-Star) was built in 1687 as the grand baroque home of Edinburgh’s Lord Provost. This award-winning hotel has retained many of the original features of the building.
- The Bank Hotel (3-Star) – no prizes for guessing what this hotel used to be. This lively hotel sits in a prime spot on The Royal Mile and South Bridge.
- Malmaison Edinburgh (4-Star) – this magnificent hotel stands on a prominent position at the mouth of the Port of Leith. This grand building started off life as a seaman’s mission in the 19th century and today offers luxury comfort and entertainment.
- Glasshouse Boutique Hotel (5-Star) – the facade of the Glasshouse Hotel was the front of the150-year-old Lady Glenorchy Church. Inside the hotel is ultra modern and finished in sleek lines. The rooftop garden is unique in Edinburgh and offers great 360 degree views.
- Dalhousie Castle (4-Star) is 9 miles south of Edinburgh city centre and this converted 13th century castle offers full spa treatments and facilities. The castle is very popular with weddings and those looking to escape the bustle of the city.
- Hotel Missoni (5-Star) – a very drab council building on The Royal Mile was completely renovated to become one of the most stylish hotels in the world.
- Apex International Hotel (4-Star) – this boutique hotel opened in 1996 after being converted from the former Heriot-Watt University Mountbatten Building. This stylish conversion was a leading force in the regeneration of the Grassmarket area in recent years.
- The Howard Hotel (5-Star) – many hotels in Edinburgh have been converted from townhouses but The Howard is a very fine and subtle example. From the outside the hotel very much still looks like a fine private residence, and even inside many of the original features have been retained. There are only 18 rooms and suites in this boutique hotel and each one is unique and decorated in a traditional style. Guests can enjoy a full butler service during their time here.
Hopefully hearing about these boutique hotels will inspire you to visit a converted hotel in Edinburgh soon. If you know of any other impressive hotel conversions in the city, please let me know.