The Most Romantic Hotels in Edinburgh, Scotland

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Mike MacEacheran

Contributor

Edinburgh’s swoon-worthy Gothic spires, fairytale wynds and theatrical setting make it Scotland’s most underrated romantic city. It has lovey-dovey viewpoints – think Arthur’s Seat, the Castle, Calton Hill – that nowhere else can quite match. Plus, its hotels feature candlelight and flower bouquets as standard, with luxurious baths, on-the-house bubbly and decadent dining to help set the mood. It’s the Scotland of fantasies and a match made in couples’ heaven for anyone craving a getaway à deux. These are the most romantic hotels in Edinburgh, bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Prestonfield House

Hotel, Luxury

Double bed with ornate green headboard and pink sheets in a lavish room at Prestonfield House
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With its full-figured views of Arthur’s Seat, fuss-worthy restaurant, swoonsome service and heart-thumping decor inspired by Gothic romance, this love nest is a dream destination for couples. Extravagantly upholstered rooms have Jane Austen star quality, with palace antiques, gilded portraits and primary colour clashes aplenty. Even the four-poster beds are fit for a Queen of Scots. Keen to avoid a lover’s tiff? Save your competitive side for another city break and avoid the croquet lawn and putting green.

2. Le Monde

Hotel

The stylish lounge at Le Monde Edinburgh.
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Despite its enviable address on George Street, this romantic hotel in Edinburgh’s city centre seeks inspiration from other landmark spots around the world. It’s a well-thought-out concept, with the likes of Paris (Moulin Rouge pinks and burgundies), Reykjavik (a glacier stone centrepiece), New York (loft apartment with exposed brick walls) and Tokyo (framed kimonos and a sunken bath) all featured on the globe-trotting room tour. Our destination of choice? Atlantis, with the talking-point aquarium headboard, is the one to go for. Elsewhere, the bar and restaurant channel the same Phileas Fogg vibe. Order a Havana mojito or a Middle-Eastern mule and delight in afternoon tea with French bubbly. The city outside almost seems an afterthought. Perfect for lovers though, right?

3. The Scotsman

Hotel, Luxury

Wicker chairs and wooden tables on a large garden patio with hanging outdoor lights and a plant covered wall at The Scotsman Hotel.
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Once the austere press HQ of The Scotsman newspaper, this Baroque-era building sits above Waverley Station – no lugging suitcases around the capital here. Inside, rooms offer a greatest hits of Edinburgh views from the get-go, with the Mound, Calton Hill and Princes Street Gardens all framed at the far end of the bed. Decor is as two-tone as the paper that used to be produced here – soft beiges and porridgy creams. There’s a bar for late-as-you-like nightcaps, but with the chockablock Royal Mile six doors down, there’s romantic drinks and dinner options right on the doorstep, too.

4. No. 11

Boutique Hotel

Four poster bed with white and dark blue sheets against a tree wallpaper feature wall in a large suite with big windows at No. 11.
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A quiet suburban sanctuary just off Leith Walk, this elegant four-storey Georgian townhouse is a hidden secret behind Calton Hill. Appealingly simple, its snug doubles and suites are the place to whisper sweet nothings; in particular, the two Georgian Suites, with fit-for-two roll-top baths, feature wallpaper and four-poster beds that cry out for pillow talk. The ground-level Brasserie offers a classic Scottish tasting menu, but another close-at-hand option is Roberta Hall’s the Little Chartroom, where the cooking will have passions running high.

5. Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, The Caledonian

Hotel, Luxury

A spcious double bedroom at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, The Caledonian.
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Hilton-owned city hotels tend to be no-surprises-in-store places. This isn’t the case here, as this building was designed for Princes Street Station in 1903, and the reception, foyer and public lounges are part of what was once the ticketing hall and main station hangar. Cue nostalgia in the history-infused Caley Bar –with 100 top-shelf whiskies – find a fast-track to modern thrills at the UK’s only Guerlain spa and enjoy a delightful meal at the lauded Grazing by Mark Greenaway restaurant. Meanwhile, the sigh-worthy views of Edinburgh Castle are as good as you can get.

6. The Balmoral

Hotel, Luxury

The opulent dining room with palm trees, wallpaper, a chandelier and upholstered chairs at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland
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Let’s get one thing straight: no other hotel is better located, and when royalty comes to town – the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Oprah included – they all stay here. A landmark, turreted hotel, it features country-house decor alongside first-rate fabulous cuisine at its Michelin-star restaurant, Number One. The misty grey, creamy oatmeal and heathery purple rooms evoke all the romance of the Highlands, while the west-facing views of Edinburgh Castle are proposal-worthy. Don’t be fooled by the storied clocktower, either: it runs a few minutes ahead so locals don’t miss their train at nearby Waverley Station.

7. Cheval The Edinburgh Grand

Hotel

A stylish and spacious kitchen and lounge at Cheval The Edinburgh Grand.
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Located in one of the city’s sweet spots, overlooking reinvigorated St Andrew’s Square, the former city centre HQ of the National Bank of Scotland is now a stack of chi-chi apartments with open-plan kitchens and all the mod cons. You want historic details in a place like this, and it delivers, with chessboard marble floors, wall-to-wall wood panelling, polished banker’s-style brass lamps and a fourth-floor cocktail club strewn with booths for whispering aplenty. If you like second-to-none steak, make a reservation at the outpost of Hawksmoor, located in the old vaults on street level.

8. The Witchery by the Castle

Hotel, Luxury

An opulent room with a four-poster double bed and traditional furniture at The Witchery by the Castle.
Courtesy of the Witchery by the Castle / Expedia

Take a jaunt back in time to the 18th century and pretend you’re Casanova-style lovers at this eclectic mix of townhouses reborn as palatial apartments. The words sensuous and luxurious are bandied about by Edinburgh’s best hotels all the time, but here the rooms really live up their reputation: adult-only, they’re filled with theatrical touches like Venetian masks, and every suite tells its own story. There are flamboyant tapestry beds, chapel-like bathrooms, switchback stairs, Gothic artefacts and libraries straight out of Hogwarts. Our tip? Splash out on nights in different rooms, then reach for the do-not-disturb sign.

Looking for more places to stay in Edinburgh? Explore the city in style at one of these top boutique hotels, or for added opulence, book a stay at one of the best luxury hotels in the Scottish capital. If you’re planning a family holiday, make memories for the ages with a stay at one of these family-friendly Edinburgh hotels. Those seeking something more remote will love our guide to the best hotels near Edinburgh for weekend escapes in the Scottish countryside. Wherever your itinerary takes you, be sure to book your stay with Culture Trip.

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