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Royal Scots Club

Edinburgh, Scotland

Founded in 1919 in honour of the members of the Royal Scots Regiment who died in the First World War, non-members can stay in this private club at one of Edinburgh’s grandest addresses. A more personal experience than a hotel, but with all the facilities; this is a country house hotel transplanted to the city.

Location

9 / 10

Queen Street Gardens is all that is between the club and the city centre - a mere stroll away. Stockbridge with all it’s quirky shops, cafés and some very good restaurants, is an equally short walk down the hill. It’s a remarkably peaceful yet very central location.

Style & character

9 / 10

Comfortably grand and as soothingly traditional as it comes, with Grinling Gibbonesque carved staircases, marble fireplaces, fringed pelmets, velvet and brocade, regimental photographs and furniture built for comfort. It’s the sort of place you expect to find a retired Major asleep behind his newspaper, glass of whisky at hand, secretly thrilled by the new-fangled coffee machine in his bedroom.

Service & facilities

9 / 10

The peaceful bar/lounge overlooks Queen Street Gardens (private but guests have access) - the perfect place for a drink and a good book. The dining room is all crisp white linen napkins standing to attention and sparkling glass. There is a strict no jeans rule in the restaurant at high tea/dinner, with jacket and tie suggested - Jeeves would definitely approve.

  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

9 / 10

The 25 rooms (including two four-poster and two suites) combine warm rich colours and old-fashioned opulence with up-to date facilities. Upper floor rooms are more traditional with views over the garden or across the city to the Firth of Forth; lower ground floor rooms are extra smart and contemporary in style to compensate for lack of views. Molton Brown toiletries, safes, Freeview TV, tea-making, Nespresso machines, biscuits, hairdryers, slippers and robes, irons and boards are all provided.

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Food & drink

8 / 10

Breakfast, high tea and dinner are served in the delightfully old-fashioned dining room, all starched white napkins standing to attention and sparkling glass. Breakfast is, as you would expect, a full Scots affair, with Loch Fyne kippers, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and Earl Grey tea on offer. The dinner menu offers smoked oxtail with cabbage and bacon to start (£5.75) or braised venison steak in port wine sauce - £18.50 (although devastatingly, no nursery puddings). Salads, sandwiches and toasted foccacia sandwiches (£6.25) are available in the lounge bar.

Value for money

8 / 10

Double rooms from £95 in low season; rising to £200 in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

All floors accessible by lift, but not wheelchair friendly.

Family-friendly?

Two family rooms available.

29-30 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE.
0131 556 4270