- Linda Macdonald, Destination expert
In a quiet backwater of a residential area between Leith Walk and Regent Terrace, 10-minutes’ walk from the east end of Princes Street, five minutes from the York Place tram stop and about a £5 taxi ride from Waverley Station.
Style & character
The building is a Georgian classic, with a lovely cupola over sweeping stairs, plenty of Edinburgh’s signature plaster work and tall windows with unusually wide horizontal panes. The decor tends toward charcoal, pale grey and light silver, with dark reproduction furniture, a bit of muted tartan tweed here and there and the occasional feature wall - perhaps best described as dialled-down contemporary.
Service & facilities
Staff are comfortably friendly; reception is manned 24-hours. A lounge on the ground floor next to the brasserie should be a pretty room, but currently feels a bit unloved - in fact, all of the public areas could do with a spruce-up. Guests have access to a sunny, private courtyard garden - a pleasing place to relax in fine weather.
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There are standard and executive doubles, two mini-suites (all with king-size beds), and two Georgian suites - these boast hefty four-poster beds, separate seating areas with sofas and glamorous bathrooms with free-standing baths and walk-in showers. There are also two single rooms - not huge but both pleasantly bright (and soon to benefit from double beds). All rooms have coffee and tea-making, hairdryers, TV's, DVD players and digital radios. Bathrooms are good, with heated floors and mirrors and Arran Aromatics toiletries.
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Food & drink
With well-regarded chef Willie Lonnie cooking in the brasserie, the intention is for No. 11 to become known as a restaurant with rooms, rather than a hotel with a restaurant. The seasonal menu is wide-ranging enough to please everyone, but Willie’s particular passion is good Scottish game and seafood, carefully sourced and simply prepared - a monumental shellfish platter for two is £60. Lunch and afternoon tea served as well. Look out for the Nicola Cairns mural reflecting the Scottish Enlightenment.
Value for money
Double rooms from £70 in low season; rising to £150 in high. Continental and full Scottish breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Family rooms (sofa beds), cot, highchair, toys and games available.