The Witchery By The Castle
The Witchery, with its magical cinematic qualities and dramatic essence, is a true fairytale hotel with an unrivalled staying experience. Strategically placed at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile next to the Castle, this esteemed institution is, without doubt, the boutique of all boutique hotels in Scotland. Between the nine opulent bedrooms each draped in a distinct gothic flair and the award-winning restaurant and secret garden, the place is faultless. Designed with two in mind, it’s the little things that make a difference — think a sumptuous breakfast hamper, lavish décor and seductive roll top baths. Sinfully enticing and irrevocably exclusive, The Witchery captures that quintessential Scottish charm and old world historical heritage.
Monachyle Mhor is a bona fide boutique hotel of dreams. With the whole get-up as spellbinding as its surroundings on a 2000-acre estate in the vicinity of bonnie Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, each and every detail is destined to turn heads. The 15 astonishingly striking rooms demonstrate some serious design goals, with each as en vogue as the next. Some have exposed beams and steam rooms, others have serene white-washed walls and slick abstract finishing touches. All are the definition of hip and arty. Foodies can flock to the award-winning restaurant while diehard adventurers can explore the many Munros and lochs right on the doorstep. Serenity-seekers can stay inside and revel in the first-class feature rooms.
You just can’t go wrong with citizenM. Every inch is the epitome of trendy without being sickeningly pretentious, while the affordable rates are a welcomed surprise. The high-tech rooms are controlled with iPads, the endless list of free films a fab touch and the rainforest rain showers a little slice of heaven on earth. Arty accents infuse all communal areas and details like international plugs go down a treat for seasoned travellers. Then again, with an establishment that goes by the motto ‘the bigger the bed, the better the dreams’, what’s not to love?!
The Bauhaus has the feel of a fancy hipster home away from home. Some may even consider it a ‘swish-ter’ type of place! Sleek yet comfortable, the rooms are well equipped without being too busy and urban touches like exposed brick and statement furniture pieces lean towards that boutique style we all crave. Right next to the Aberdonian fun, this city centre spot is welcoming, fuss-free and boasts a brilliant breakfast.
Hotel Du Vin St Andrews
Hotel du Vin is the cherry on top of a trip to St Andrews. This expertly furnished hotel comes with delightful Scottish sea views and state-of-the-art touches like designer toiletries, bespoke hand-made sleigh beds, Nespresso machines and super-luxe fluffy bathrobes. The playful wallpaper is a visual narrative of life’s little pleasures (think books and old-school suitcases) and shows there are no expenses spared. The same goes with the food and wine, which is most certainly up to par and then some. Whether here for a golfing extravaganza, pampered weekend getaway or uni visit, let Hotel du Vin supply that extra dose of sparkle.