With its international arts festival, a historic castle perched atop a volcanic rock and status as a UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh might be Britain’s most beautiful and cultured city.
It’s a wonderful place to spend time and if you’ve got refined tastes. You won’t struggle to find fulfilment here. But, in case you’re not au fait with elegant Edinburgh, here are five luxe highlights.
1. The Ivy on the Square
The Ivy in Covent Garden has become a legendary hangout for London’s celebs and the chattering classes. By lunching at Edinburgh’s The Ivy on the Square, you can soak up the atmosphere in the iconic eatery’s Edinburgh incarnation.
Nestled on a corner of central St Andrew’s Square (hence the name), it’s the perfect place to people watch while sipping a Cosmo.
And the weekend brunch menu offers the perfect hangover cure, with wholesome dishes like hot buttermilk pancakes and eggs royale and chips — give it a whirl.
2. The Dome
First impressions last — so The Dome’s Greco-Roman façade can’t fail to impress, especially when decorated with splendid ribbons, wreaths and holly at Christmas.
This famous bar and grill dominates George Street in the New Town and is a great place to meet friends for a meal or share tipples with someone special in glamorous surroundings.
It’s as impressive inside as out — the trademark domed central ceiling is simply breathtaking, but every nook and cranny oozes class.
3. The Witchery
Staying at The Witchery is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
This boutique gothic hotel is housed in a group of historic buildings just a few broomstick lengths from the entrance to Edinburgh Castle in the city’s Old Town and is a hidden gem that’s a rare romantic treat.
Wood-panelled suites with four-poster beds, dramatic drapes and overstuffed velvet furniture feel like something from a high-end vampire movie, while food, beverages and customer service are in a class of their own.
4. Lioness of Leith
30 years ago, Leith and luxury weren’t two words which were comfortable bedfellows.
This tough, working-class community to the north of the city was once a separate town and is intensely proud of its down to earth traditions.
And while it’s still a place that hasn’t forgotten its roots, certain areas have become trendier, meaning there’s an eclectic mix of longstanding locals and temporary residents to meet over cocktails and gourmet burgers in superb bars such as The Lioness of Leith.
5. Edinburgh Airport
As you might expect, Edinburgh Airport has it’s fair share of luxe amenities, ranging from champagne and caviar at the fabulous Flutes and Tails bar to sumptuous massages at AeroSpa.
Retail therapy is on offer from the likes of Michael Kors and Kurt Geiger, so treat yourself to something snazzy.
There are great practical facilities too — for instance if you’re looking for Edinburgh Airport parking try Looking4.com, who take the stress out of it, and there’s a tram directly to the city centre.
That’s our list! Please share your own Edinburgh luxury travel tips in the comments section.
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