Angel’s Share Hotel, Edinburgh

With a prime, central location at the West End of Edinburgh, this smart boutique Hotel with bar, bistro and nightclub, has been recently revamped as The Angel’s Share.  Now the all encompassing theme, design and décor celebrates all things Scottish, as indicated by its name.

the angel takes her share of whisky

the angel takes her share of whisky

The phrase, the Angel’s Share, derives from the Whisky industry, to describe the evaporation process as the whisky matures in the cask from which 2% of alcohol is gifted to the Angels each year.  (You may also have seen the recent movie of the same title, a comedy about a young Glaswegian lad who turns away from criminal pursuits to use his lucrative whisky-nosing skill.)

Enter the hotel through the spacious Angel’s Share Club Room with its extensive photo gallery of Scottish sports stars, singers and actors, brick walls, leather chairs, stools and booths.  This is a popular bistro-bar for hotel guests and city residents day and night.

Club room bistro and bar

Club room bistro and bar

Upstairs is the reception desk to check in for your stay.  Be warned, the layout of the building is a wee bit tricky to find your way around, but just ask a helpful member of staff!.  With a choice of 30 bedrooms each named after a famous Scot, who would you like to sleep with?  Sean Connery, Rod Stewart, Andy Murray, Emeli Sande, Kirsty Hume. ?

Whichever grade of room you select (Standard, Superior and Deluxe), all have the same homely facilities: en suite shower/bathroom, bathrobes, Egyptian cotton sheets, wool throw,  cushions, I pod deck, cooling fan, tea/coffee tray.  And of course, a large photograph of your personal Celebrity Scot.  Superior /Deluxe rooms are slightly larger with a few extras such as minibar and room service.

Bedroom with Chris Hoy photograph

Bedroom with Chris Hoy photograph

My partner Ken and I found our room (301 – Nicola Benedetti, the violinist), to be very comfortable, with chic, contemporary design – and appreciated the king size bed, soft pillows and duvet.   This is the city centre, so traffic could be an issue, but with double glazing, noise was minimal. Some bedrooms are at the back, away from the street.

My only quibble was the shower gel bottle fixed high up, OK for the shower, but out of reach at bathtime. A bar of soap would solve this problem. But the lovely lady at Reception sourced a bottle of bath bubbles for me. Thank you!

Breakfast the day morning was superb with great service from our Polish waiter. Expect a short but ideal menu to suit all tastes and appetites – fresh fruit, porridge, Continental platter, Eggs Benedict, full Scottish fry-up with,  I was most impressed to see, a Vegetarian option for a hearty, healthy feast to set us up for the day.

The Angel’s Share Club Room and Bar is a very popular venue for lunch, dinner, coffees, drinks and snacks, and we shall return soon to experience some good food and wine with a lively atmosphere.

Tables outside too for relaxing summertime meals and drinks.

Friendly staff and outside tables at the Angel's share hotel

Friendly staff and outside tables at the Angel’s share hotel

Downstairs, through a secret door, (entry with password), dance the night away too at The Devil’s Cut, a New York-style speakeasy with cool cocktails and music.

Staying at the Angel’s Share when visiting Edinburgh for a city break is so convenient. Walk everywhere from here – George Street designer shops, Old Town attractions, National Galleries, theatres and nightlife.   Make sure you reserve a bedroom well in advance – the word has spread through Trip Advisor that this is a cool and quirky place to stay, drink and eat.

Recent guest comments:

“ ….every member of staff we encountered was super friendly and welcoming.I can’t recommend this place highly enough – and perfectly located too”

“Stayed in room 202, Ewan McGregor. First class, cool and unique. Bar was so good we didn’t leave it. Gr8 live music and the food was excellent. Defo be back.”

What more can I say?








About vivdevlin

I am an international travel writer, specialising in luxury travel, hotels, restaurants, city guides, cruises, islands, train and literary-inspired journeys. I review dance and theatre, Arts Festivals and love the visual arts. I have just experienced an epic voyage, circumnavigating the globe, following in the wake of Captain Cook, Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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