Explore the Neighbourhood

From our boutique hotel, there’s plenty to do a short stroll away or a little further afield.

Whether this is your first or fiftieth visit to the stunning Scottish capital you’ll always find somewhere new to visit, see, dine, drink and more. Check out some of our suggestions below.

St. James Quarter

Opened in 2021, the stunning St. James Quarter is a vibrant retail shopping destination in the heart of Edinburgh’s East End.

Inside you’ll find your favourite high street stores including Zara, LEGO, Hamley’s, Harrods Beauty and John Lewis. It’s the ideal place to shop until you drop! Refresh with a bite to eat from the many food outlets on offer, including the one-of-a-kind Bonnie and Wild where you can sink your teeth into traditional Scottish fayre made by local chefs. Throughout the year, discover Instagrammable moments and pop-up events surrounding the 17 million square feet space. In the evening, enjoy bowling and more at Lane 7. The best bit: it’s just a 3-minute walk from us.

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Multrees Walk

Located close to St. James Quarter is the luxurious Multrees Walk, home to some of the finest brands: Louis Vuitton, Harvey Nichols and Strathberry to name a few.
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Bookshops

Edinburgh is famed for its array of literary greats. It is home to the Edinburgh International Book Festival and was the first city to be named a UNESCO City of Literature, so reading lovers will feel right at home.

Peruse some of the second-hand book shops and discover your new favourite find, perhaps stumbling upon a rare gem. Our favourites include Tills Bookshop, a charming spot with a roaring fire and the ideal way to whittle away a chilly afternoon. Armchair Books is filled to the brim with second-hand reads, and you can easily lose yourself in the floor-to-ceiling boxes and shelves. Lastly, McNaughtan’s Bookshop is a place to search for that old, rare book you’ve been seeking. It’s the oldest second hand and antiquarian bookshop in Scotland, selling a variety of genres.

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Johnnie Walker

Visit the Johnnie Walker flagship in Edinburgh and discover the iconic whisky through one of their experiences.

Explore the history of the biggest whisky brand in the UK, go on a journey of flavour, and sample the water of life direct from the cask. Enjoy cocktails and dining in their 1820 Rooftop Bar, with views of Edinburgh Castle. Whisky connoisseurs can head to Explorers Bothy, where you can explore special bottles and one-of-a-kind cask editions, or enjoy a tailor-made cocktail crafted by an experienced mixologist.

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Edinburgh Gin Distillery

Discover the history of gin in the UK and Edinburgh with a Tasting Experience at this West End Gin Distillery.

Home to Edinburgh Gin, many of the limited editions are still distilled here. Why not have a go at your crafting your very own bottle of gin under the guidance of their gin experts?

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The Stand Comedy Club

Fancy a night of good craic? Just a few doors down from us on York Place is The Stand Comedy Club, the first dedicated comedy club in Scotland.

The intimate, laid-back basement venue plays host to contemporary comedy from Scottish and International comedians, open seven nights a week.

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Edinburgh Playhouse

Within a stone’s throw of our boutique hotel stands the iconic Edinburgh Playhouse, the largest all-seated theatre in the UK.

Originally opened as a ‘super cinema’ in the late 1920s, it now plays host to a wide variety of the biggest names in live music, comedy and musical theatre. It has an exciting annual line-up from Disney and touring West End shows to household names. The perfect accompaniment to your visit to Edinburgh.

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The Real Mary King's Close

Situated in Edinburgh’s Old Town, explore 400 years of history that lie beneath buildings on the bustling Royal Mile.

Listen to countless tales of the historic close from one of the former residents in this guided tour, and learn the authentic truth of Edinburgh’s hidden past. A must-see attraction.

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Edinburgh Zoo

Visit the RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and see creatures of all sizes, including pandas, koalas and their newest residents, giraffes.

The Zoo located a 20-minute bus ride from us makes a great day out for all ages. Did you know that the Edinburgh attraction has a special resident, Sir Nils Olav III – the only knighted penguin? You’ll catch the King penguin on Penguin Rocks with the rest of the colony. For the ultimate animal fan, check out our exclusive Giraffe Package (see special offers) which includes tickets to the Zoo.

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Bryant and Mack Private Detectives

This cosy and intimate speakeasy situated on Rose Street might go unnoticed unless you know about it.

Inside you’ll find a handful of tables where you can enjoy expertly crafted cocktails, with thoughtful and playful touches giving a nod to their name.

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Hoot the Redeemer

Be transported to 1950s New Orleans at this eclectic bar. Expect retro arcade games, quirky décor and vending machines serving alcoholic ice cream and slushies.

If you’re more traditional, you can also find wine, spirits, beer and cider on the menu. Focusing on sustainability, the beers and ciders are all sourced within 100 miles from brewery to bar. When you’re there, be sure to look up and check out the ceiling inspired by the Sistine Chapel.

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Badger & Co

Once the home of Wind in the Willows author, Kenneth Grahame, today Badger & Co is a modern bar and restaurant with an outdoor terrace and views of Edinburgh Castle. Their menu focuses on local, seasonal produce with scallops from the East Coast and Orkney Gold Sirloin Steak. Their Whisky and Coke Sticky Toffee Pudding is worth indulging in, and pairs beautifully with their speciality cocktails.

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Howies Waterloo Place

Enjoy traditional Scottish fayre in this Georgian building, which sits at the foot of Calton Hill. Originally built to celebrate the Battle of Waterloo, period features mixed with Scottish style add to the authentic dining experience. Serving lunch and dinner with a focus on local ingredients, expect to find traditional Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, Scottish salmon and cheeses from I.J. Mellis on the seasonal menu.

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Tours and Activities

Experience Edinburgh on foot with a knowledgeable guide. Discover more about where the magic of Harry Potter began over 20 years ago, and enjoy a beer tour around the Old Town. You can also explore further afield with a day trip.

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Our Boutique City Centre Edinburgh Hotel

We’re a hotel in Edinburgh city centre, minutes away from Waverley Train Station, Princes Street and St Andrews Square.

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