5 Cool And Quirky Edinburgh Hotels

Tired of the same bland hotel rooms with their generic prints and identikit furniture?  Well, next time you’re in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital of cool, ban the beige and get your groove back with a stay at one of the following beauties.
The Witchery
Scotland has more than its fair share of hotels, and many of them have been converted into hotels, but none have achieved an effect quite as magical as the one you’ll find inside The Witchery by the Castle (that would be Edinburgh Castle), in the centre of the Old Town. Beloved by celebrities, The Witchery by the Castle incorporates eight perfect guest suites, all with an opulent gothic air and theatrically elegant decor.  The ultimate romantic escape, it offers antique four-poster beds, roll-top baths, sumptuous brocades and velvets, and even secret rooms.  Room rates average ?295 per night.
Unusual stays at an Edinburgh hotel
Tigerlily
Tucked away behind an elegant Georgian facade right in the city centre, Tigerlily puts the mischief into bling.  Enter a world of luxury and glitz, with shimmering mirror mosaics, an oversize cloud light and disco balls in the bar, flowers everywhere, and 33 customised rooms.  Each is decorated with Designers Guild fabrics, Perspex chairs, and individually designed four-poster beds.  To put you in the party mood, you’ll even find pre-loaded iPods and hair straighteners alongside the customary hair dryer.  Double rooms with B&B are from ?225.
Le Monde
If you’d like a taste of the world while taking in Edinburgh, stay at Le Monde on the other end of George Street from Tigerlily.  This hip hotel has 18 suites, each inspired by one of the world’s most exciting cities.  As you might expect, Paris is all opulence and gilt, New York works the Manhattan loft look, and the Los Angeles vibe is created with white leather sofas and pictures of Hollywood royalty.  Le Monde offers three achingly cool bars/brasseries, and its nightclub, Shanghai, is rapidly becoming the place to see and be seen in Edinburgh.  Doubles are from ?175 B&B.
Missoni Hotel
Many eyebrows were raised when the ?ber-cool Italian designer Missoni chose the historic heart of Edinburgh’s old town for its first signature hotel, but it’s a combination that works.  Unmistakably the most glamorous place to stay in Edinburgh, the Missoni Hotel is decorated with the label’s trademark geometric patterns and eye-popping colours, and the service is impeccable.  Even if you never go near the spa (the ultimate in luxury), you cannot fail to appreciate the doormen’s Missoni kilts, the incredibly well-groomed bar staff, and the encyclopedia-like cocktail list.  Room prices average between ?120 and ?229 per night.

Channings
Channings uses its residential location, in a quintet of original townhouses in Stockbridge, to create an  informal atmosphere that echoes a big house in the Scottish countryside.  Beyond its stylish Edwardian theme, however, Channings has a quirky side, revealed in the Ernest Shackleton themed rooms.  Because the Antarctic explorer lived in one of the townhouses between 1904 and 1910, the top-floor suites are dedicated to Shackleton and his fellow adventurers, with prints of genuine expedition photographs and a copy of a travel planner., Despite its luxury facilities and fine cuisine, Channings maintains a friendly atmosphere that makes it feel homely.  Room prices average from ?87 to ?173.

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Aoife O’Carroll is a staff writer for Nova Car Hire, a convenient website for arranging car rental in 26,000 locations worldwide, including car hire in Edinburgh.

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