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Last updated: 03 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Lucy Gillmore

Unique is an over-used, often inaccurate description, but this wildly flamboyant restaurant with rooms, hunkered beneath Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile, is truly unlike anywhere else.

Created by Edinburgh restaurateur royalty, James Thomson, the nine theatrical suites, hidden in turrets, accessed by steep spiral staircases through a warren of medieval buildings.

Each takes decadence to a new level; think four-poster beds draped with opulent red and gold damasks, roll-up tubs for two, a smattering of antiques and gilt-framed oil paintings, and the odd suit of armour. Yet there are all the mod cons you’d want too – all suites are equipped with Amazon Echo systems, adjustable mood-enhancing lighting, Nespresso machines & fridges.

Breakfast can be taken, by candlelight, in the Witchery restaurant or delivered to your room in an indulgent hamper.

This is one for lovers and history lovers who want to step back in time.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
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 amenities

Room types


Room facilities

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

Bedding options

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

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Edinburgh Region, United Kingdom (UK)

An overview of Old town Edinburgh and Edinburgh castle in Scotland. thousands of buildings covering the ground with on a blue sunny day with a scatter of white clouds

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