Situated smack bang in the middle of Edinburgh’s new town, on the corner of Charlotte Square and George Street you couldn’t pick a more ideal location for your accommodation. If you are visiting Edinburgh, Scotland, to shop ’till you drop you are a two minute walk from Princes Street which then leads you across the bridges to the Royal mile. There are good shops on George Street and at end of the street is St Andrews Square, Multrees Walk and the St James Centre. The Roxburghe is also on the corner of Rose Street for those fab pubs and bars.
I stayed here recently and from the minute I stepped through the large traditional doors I was treated like a star. From the outside this Georgian mansion blends in with the surrounding buildings with nothing but two subtle gold plates on the wall. But the inside, with sleek black and grey decor, spectacular chandeliers and modern artistic furniture, is luxurious and extravagant .
This was apparent even more when I seen my suite for the night. The room was large and stately, with original bay windows looking onto George Street. A huge, soft inviting bed filled one side of the room with crisp white bedding. A large flat screen TV and table with chairs beside the window meant I could spent the night watching the world go by, in real life and on screen. A tassimo coffee machine and really good selection of pods was a brilliant touch as was the mini bar with free still and sparkling water. Little touches like chocolates on the bed and a fruit bowl proved to me this hotel really knew how to treat their visitors well. My daughter had a little room all to herself with a double bed, desk and tv which pleased her no end and meant she could sleep earlier and I could relax without having to have the TV on silent!
Once I had relaxed for a while it was time to explore. The hotel is a lovely mixture of traditional and ultra modern. Under the fab decor you can tell the hallways are old, the floor slopes in parts making it feel quirky and full of character. Downstairs there are two large areas with comfy couches and chairs to relax in, decorated in the modern grey and black. There is a nice big dining room serving breakfast although we were kindly given access to the Club Room with complimentary teas, coffees, soft drinks, magazines and papers. We also had breakfast in here, a yummy full Scottish and a nice buffet type continental selection. I really enjoyed being able to use the Club Room, it was nice to escape to for some peace and quiet.
In the centre of the hotel is a large airy glass atrium with an outdoor area in the middle, the perfect little sun trap. This area also leads to the George Street Bar and Grill on George Street.
Another reason this hotel comes out tops in my books is the Spa! The Balance Spa can be used whether you are a guest or not with an entrance on Rose Street, an easy escape from the crowds. With a massive array of treatments including all kinds of facials, body treatments, pamper packages, mens treatments and beauty treatments this little hideaway is calm, peaceful and relaxing. While we were there the pool was still being renovated but you know its going to be gorgeous when it’s finished just by looking around the rest of the area. The state of the art gym also has everything you need for a good work out.
It’s easy to see why this four star hotel won Edinburgh Hotel of the year in 2014 at the Scottish Hotel Awards. It’s popular for weddings, has seven meeting rooms and 199 air conditioned bedrooms.With Executive Head Chef Andrew MacRobert creating your meals in the George bar and Grill, and afternoon tea and drinks being served in the Samovar Lounge this hotel really is the height of refined luxury.
We were invited along for our stay at the Roxburgh but my opinions, as always, are my own, and I will be returning! Find out more and book a stay on the website www.theroxburghe.com