Why stay in an Edinburgh Hotel when you can experience a luxury, private Penthouse?

 Edinburgh city skyline

Edinburgh city skyline

Hidden away in the Medieval maze of cobbled alleyways off the Royal Mile, the Old Town Chambers is located in a central courtyard. With easy access to Waverley station and the airport bus terminus, the atmosphere of the quintessential Unesco World Heritage site of the Old Town is a prime location for visitors to stay.

The Old Town Chambers  - ancient architecture, modern design

The Old Town Chambers
– ancient architecture, modern design

At the Scottish Property Awards 2014, the £45 million Advocate’s Close project won Development of the Year. This exciting regeneration has created these 5 star Serviced Apartments, (as well as a hotel, bars, restaurants), renovating 15th-18th century townhouses with stunning contemporary design while preserving architectural heritage.

My partner Ken and I walked just a few steps from the High Street down Roxburgh Close to find Old Town Chambers reception. We were personally escorted by Mike along the corridor to Suite 11 – a two bedroom, duplex Penthouse.

I knew we were booked into a Penthouse before arrival but had no idea what an extraordinary, iconic view we would have right across the city skyline – The Balmoral hotel, Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens – we could even see the sleek new Trams snaking back and forward.

Balcony view over Princes Street gardens

Balcony view over Princes Street gardens

As Mike showed us around and we explored room by room, it really felt that we were viewing the flat as potential purchasers!  This is our own private, spacious, luxury apartment – at least for the next couple of days.

Up the stairs from the front door we enter a spacious open plan living and dining room. French windows open on to a fabulous balcony with table and chairs for al fresco drinking/dining.

Penthouse luxury

Penthouse luxury

From the master bedroom round the corner into a lavish bathroom with a fabulous roll top bath at the window – we have a bath with a city view!.

Bath with a view

Bath with a view

Across the hall, a second double bedroom and shower room. All essentials provided, Egyptian cotton sheets, soft towels and Cowshed/ White company toiletries.

Bedroom comfort

Bedroom comfort

Suite 11 with green sofa

Suite 11 with green sofa

The bespoke furnishings are excellent quality – polished wood, tiles, fabrics – I loved the sumptuously comfortable lime green sofa in the living room – expect wool throws and Scottish tweed from Harris and Bute. A Smart TV and free Wifi too. The kitchen has everything for the budding Masterchef,  all domestic appliances – and even a Nespresso coffee machine.

My only quibble is that if you are under 5ft 8” or so, the cabinet shelves and microwave are far too high to reach.

The Reception staff will assist with restaurant suggestions, what to see and do and directions. This is not a Hotel of course and if you need a full Concierge service, Call Alfred can arrange pretty much anything. With top West End musicals often coming to town, special Theatre/accommodation packages can also be booked.

When reserving your apartment you can pre-order a grocery delivery, even a bottle of wine or something delicious for your first breakfast. On-line supermarket shoppers could have groceries delivered to the Apartments prior to arrival.

We settled in so quickly, appreciating the space,  décor, comfort and facilities. It was bliss just sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine and a snack in the late afternoon. From this level, we had a bird’s eye view looking down at the baronial architecture of Cockburn Street with its turrets and towers.  I can’t think of a hotel room with an open outlook like this.

Staying here for just a couple of days or so, eating out is probably easier than preparing dinner in-house. You will be spoilt for choice with all the pubs and restaurants nearby.

Adjacent to the Chambers, as part of the architectural project, is the Devil’s Advocate on Advocate’s Close and warmly recommended to guests.

This former Water Pump house has been imaginatively revamped into a contemporary Tavern; original stone and brickwork, industrial décor, copper pipe lamps, comfy leather banquettes. It was recently voted one of the ten Coolest new Bars in the UK by Esquire magazine.

Devil's Advocate for superlative cockails and gourmet food

Devil’s Advocate for superlative cockails and gourmet food

This is a speciality whisky bar but the professional team of mixologists concoct an ingenious range of cocktails. I sipped an exceedingly refreshing and very sophisticated Rum Punch. Ken chose the Monkey Puzzle cocktail – whisky, stout, beetroot and egg white foam – simply divine was the verdict. The food is equally imaginative, freshly prepared, seriously gourmet pub grub.

The good thing is that even if you sample a few cocktails here you just need to walk a few steps up the Close back “home” to the Chambers.

After a comfortable night’s sleep, we sat on our balcony sipping the Nespresso coffee with a breakfast croissant, watching the hustle and bustle of the city below.

It’s the concept of privacy and independence of staying in our own apartment which is so relaxing.

A fabulous bath for 2?

A fabulous bath for 2?

The Old Town Chambers offers a selection of distinctively-designed one, two and three bedroom suites and penthouses, ideal accommodation for couples, families, friends, and for business and leisure city visitors. A few signature properties feature the original old Townhouse stone walls, fireplaces and gabled ceilings.

Architectural heritage

Architectural heritage

The Old Town location is near the Castle, Palace and key visitor attractions, yet five minutes walk to the New Town (Harvey Nichols and Multrees Walk designer shops), art galleries, theatres, bars, restaurants, nightlife.

Why book a standard city hotel bedroom when you can experience unique “home from home” facilities and 5 star lifestyle of an entire Apartment ?

Whether planning a romantic city break for two, a family holiday during the Festival in August, a shopping-theatre weekend with the girls – your temporary address in Edinburgh should be the Old Town Chambers.
t. 0131 510 5499 host@oldtownchambers.co.uk

Old Town chambers - old and new design

Old Town Chambers – old and new design


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.

One response to “Why stay in an Edinburgh Hotel when you can experience a luxury, private Penthouse?”

  1. The Lairg Hotel says :

    I have stayed in edinburgh for over 10 years and I had no idea about this hidden gem! Lol! I will need to book a stay at this castle. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: