House of Gods
Hidden on one of Edinburgh’s Old Town streets, this Cowgate hotel is a knockout hybrid of storied Walter Scott romance and Gothic chic; if Dracula had a dapper Scottish cousin, this would be his lair. Cue unapologetically extravagant decor, with plush four-poster beds, a haberdashery’s worth of crushed velvet and dark velour and a mood-setting assault of red, purple and plum. There are two bars, a 1920s one with a distinctly Art-Deco vibe and a palm-draped outdoor garden. It’s not exactly subtle, but brilliant all the same.