Hotel review

Scotland hotel review: Inside Kimpton Charlotte Square in Edinburgh

Inspector calls to ‘perfectly placed’ Kimpton Charlotte Square hotel in Edinburgh… and vows to return

  • The hotel is located close to Rose Street, the Scottish capital’s famous pedestrian street lined with pubs
  • The inspector is impressed by his “classic double” room, which is “spacious and generous”
  • A big selling point is the large basement spa, with a heated pool, gym, and treatment rooms, he says.

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Nothing quite compares to Edinburgh on a bright, frosty morning. And by staying at the Kimpton in the Georgian masterpiece that is Charlotte Square, you’re in the perfect position to admire its wonders.

Prince Albert is seated on a bronze horse in the middle of the square (are his days numbered?); next door is Rose Street, the famous pedestrian street lined with pubs, and walk 100 meters to Princes Street and the mighty castle looms above you.

Two bikes are set up in the hotel lobby with just enough tartan to get the Scottish message across without overdoing it.

The inspector checked in at the Kimpton, located in the Georgian quarter of Edinburgh. Pictured is the hotel’s striking exterior

The reception area is the grandest part of what is seven interconnected narrow townhouses.

From here, double doors lead to The Garden, a glass-covered area, which doesn’t really look like a garden, but there are plenty of places to sit and reflect – and breakfast is served here.

My “classic double room” is spacious and generous, aided by free Mackie’s salt and vinegar crisps, a bag of freshly brewed coffee and plenty of bottled water. The TV is placed on an artist’s easel.

Breakfast is served in the garden (above) where there is

Breakfast is served in the garden (above) where there are “plenty of places to sit and think”

“The staff are always helpful and friendly,” says the inspector. Pictured is one of the hotel’s rooms

The hotel's large spa is a

The hotel’s large spa is a “big selling point” as few hotels in Edinburgh offer it. Pictured is the heated pool and sauna

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Kimpton Charlotte Square, 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ. Doubles from £151.

For more information call 0131 240 5500 or visit kimptoncharlottesquare.com.

Evaluation:

I’m determined to see the Scottish National Gallery’s annual January exhibition of 38 watercolors by Turner, which were donated in 1900 by art collector Henry Vaughan.

“You must but you should also go to the National Portrait Gallery,” says the receptionist. “I’ll save you for tomorrow morning. »

A big selling point is the large basement spa, with a heated pool, gym, and various treatment rooms. Few hotels in Edinburgh offer this.

I’m not convinced that Baba’s Restaurant, which serves mezze-style sharing plates of Middle Eastern dishes, gets the high note in central Edinburgh, but it’s lively – and the bar next door offers a formidable range of single malt whiskies.

Breakfast in the garden is a leisurely affair and the staff are always helpful and friendly.

But I can’t linger too long because of my encounter with Turner at the National Gallery.

While waiting to come in with me, a couple was at the next table at breakfast.

‘How did you find the hotel?’ I ask the man. “I liked it a lot and I will go back,” he says. Me too.

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