- Linda Macdonald, Destination expert
Located on a street of late Victorian villas overlooking a strip of park on the edge of Stockbridge with its many shops and restaurants. Buses stop frequently on the Queensferry Road, a couple of minutes’ walk away, and the city centre is less than ten minutes by bus or taxi, and is 15 minutes on foot.
Style & character
The hotel’s main strength is the public area on the ground floor, where lots of original wood panelling, comfy sofas and cosy fires give a particularly welcoming feel. Upstairs the picture is slightly more confused, but it is a work in progress as rooms are gradually rehabilitated.
Service & facilities
Service can be variable, but happily is more hit than miss. If you want to make your stay more special, consider the private dining option in Shackleton’s faux gothic library. It may be a little short on books but is wonderfully atmospheric and especially romantic by candlelight.
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- Room service
Rooms come in a slightly bewildering array of sizes (from snug to suite) and styles: from four-poster country-house; to slightly worn and a little dated with shiny bedspreads and outbreaks of velour; to recently refurbished and contemporary. Bathrooms, however, are up-to-date – a few have whirlpool baths, and all have White Company toiletries. Rooms have flat-screen TVs, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers and tea and coffee-making facilities. There are several Shackleton-themed rooms: ‘Discovery’ has a vast bathroom with a great view (and underfloor heating to ensure no icy feet). It is a good idea to telephone before booking to discuss exactly what options are available.
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Food & drink
There are three lounge areas where you can have a tea, drink or a quiet chat, as well as a splendid terrace in the garden – you can have breakfast or lunch here when the weather cooperates. Offerings in the pleasant new Shackleton’s Bar and Brasserie range from an eponymous burger (£9.50) to sirloin steak (£18), with everything from nachos to haggis, neeps and tatties in between. There is plenty of choice at breakfast, with Finnan haddock and kippers on the menu.
Value for money
Double rooms from £79 (suites from £129), including breakfast). Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There is no access for guests with disabilities.
Cots, high-chairs and a children’s menu are available.