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Parliament House Hotel

Edinburgh, Scotland

It’s a quietly characterful hotel, with modestly contemporary rooms, unexpected views and an unpretentious bistro restaurant. I’d stay there just for the carefully preserved fantastically ornate Victorian lift cage with a comfy built-in leather bench and an old-fashioned phone you can receive calls on.

Location

8 / 10

On a steep cobbled lane at the foot of Calton Hill. (If you can’t face the hill, approach from Waterloo Place). Edinburgh Playhouse and the Omni Cinema are around the corner, Princes Street a few steps away and Waverley Station no more than five minutes’ walk.

Style & character

8 / 10

The look is warmly but not fussily Victorian in the older parts of the building, the dark woodwork, lightened by entirely successful modern thistle wallpaper in the panelled reception/lounge. Three buildings have been cobbled together, some areas slightly lighter in style than others.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

No bar, but you can order drinks in the reception/lounge, an inviting place to sit with an open fire and plump armchairs. Many rooms are accessible by lift, but not all - ask when booking. The MP’s Bistro is fresh-looking, with a warm terracotta tile floor and soft blue-green walls. The full menu is available for room service during bistro opening hours. There is a multi-story car park close to the hotel.

  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

8 / 10

Bedrooms are gently modern, using colours ranging from soft browns and taupes through to warm reds, with a sparing use of tartan. Rooms have some slightly dated furniture, but beds are new, with soft headboards and useful adjustable reading lights. All rooms have tea and coffee-making facilities, mini bar (charged), TV, hairdryer and trouser press. Bathrooms are pleasantly neutral, with Scottish Fine Soaps toiletries, but the showers over baths suffer from the curse of the clinging shower-curtain. The single suite is enormous and decidedly quirky, with windows on three sides giving great views, a king-sized bed and a disproportionately large dining room table and chairs (great for room service meals) and an open fire.

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Food & drink

7 / 10

Breakfast is a continental buffet (£9) or cooked to order (£13). A pre-theatre menu offers two courses for £17.50. From September to November Saturday and Sunday are lobster nights (half a North Berwick lobster - £16).

Value for money

8 / 10

Double rooms from £75 in low season; rising to £220 in high. Breakfast excluded. Free Wi-Fi. Special offers always available.

Access for guests with disabilities?

One room is entirely accessible, with a roll-in shower.

Family-friendly?

Children are welcome; a family room is available.

15 Calton Hill, Edinburgh, EH1 3BJ.
0131 478 4000
Rooms from £ 64 per night
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