- Linda Macdonald, Destination expert
Royal Terrace lies east of the city centre in a quiet leafy hillside location. The hotel garden gives access to the splendid Royal Terrace Gardens, which in turn leads onto Calton Hill with its magnificent views across Edinburgh. Two great restaurants a few minutes’ walk away add to the appeal.
Style & character
A black and white chessboard floor leads to a river of red carpet sweeping up a graceful staircase, the soaring walls a compelling, colourful gallery of paintings stretching to a glass cupola high above. The style is firmly contemporary boutique, but not confined to restrained neutrals. Colour – rich purple and yellow, acid green or bright blue – is applied deftly and patterns are used with confidence, while coloured mood-lighting sets the scene.
Service & facilities
The art is the unique selling point, but the hotel also bristles with technology: high-speed internet, smart televisions in bedrooms allowing media-streaming from guests’ devices and Netflix accounts, and USB charging points throughout. Staff are infectiously enthusiastic, while a night porter ensures 24-hour service. The hotel garden has tables and chairs for sunny days and long summer evenings. You do need to be good at stairs as this is a lofty listed building, so no lift.
There are 16 distinctively furnished rooms, including singles, double deluxe rooms, feature deluxe rooms (with in-room roll top baths behind colourful folding screens), junior suites and two one-bedroom executive apartments. Views are to the garden or the Firth of Forth. Tile-lined bathrooms have baths or walk-in drench showers and a generous selection of White Company toiletries (including loofahs and eye-masks). Smart leather boxes hold East India Company teas, a cafetiere and good ground coffee. Deeply comfortable beds feature giant upholstered headboards and soft tweed throws.
Food & drink
Claim your complimentary champagne in the smallish, stylish ‘rt’ bar, where you can enjoy a filling cold tapas selection - perfect before catching a show at the nearby Playhouse. Slap-up afternoon teas and cooked-to-order breakfasts are served here too.
Value for money
Double rooms from £180 in low season; rising to £260 in high season. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
A ramp provides access to the ground floor and a junior suite.
There are rooms with sofa beds.