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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Lucy Gillmore

One of the most exclusive addresses in the Scottish capital, this neoclassical building was once the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters.

Situated on St. Andrews Square in the heart of the New Town, it has been converted into 50 high-end serviced apartments sleeping between one and six – with breakfast served in the fourth-floor Register Club.

The cutting-edge design incorporates many of the building’s original features, such as the wood panelling in the Director’s Suite bathroom which was upcycled from Westminster Bridge after it was bombed in the Second World War.

Add original Art Deco styling and a bedazzling six-storey atrium topped by a glass dome, and there’s a real sense of glamour.

The old bank vaults house the hotel gym, a branch of Hawksmoor restaurant and Lady Libertine, one of the hippest bars in town, in the basement.

This is one for design-conscious night owls who like everything on their doorstep.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

National Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.8 miles]

Scotland’s history, culture, art and design, science and technology – under one state-of-the-art roof. Special exhibits include the story of Mary Queen of Scots and Dolly the sheep.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.8 miles]

Edinburgh’s impressive hilltop castle, with bags of history and a bird’s-eye view over the capital.

Best for ages: 4+ | £1,750

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

A photo showing the outside entrance and building of the Scottish national portrait gallery, where the Gallery is an important centre of European Art.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Edinburgh , Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.2 miles]

The world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery, one of the highlights of this neo-Gothic palace is the Great Hall decorated with an ornate frieze of famous Scottish figures.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Edinburgh Dungeon

Edinburgh Dungeon

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.3 miles]

An underground yomp through the darkest episodes in the city’s history, including the story of body-snatchers Burke & Hare, a torture chamber and the Grassmarket Gallows – a re-creation of when Edinburgh’s central square was famous for its hangings.

Best for ages: 10+ | £18

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Writers’ Museum

Writers’ Museum

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.5 miles]

This hidden gem in the medieval Old Town is a treasure trove of artifacts and manuscripts belonging to three of Scotland’s most famous writers; Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Edinburgh Region, United Kingdom (UK)

Capital treats abound, from mighty castles and royal palaces to gourmet restaurants and arguably the world’s best performing arts festival.

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