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Issue 83 - Scotland Hotels

Scotland Magazine Issue 83
October 2015


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Scotland Hotels

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No vacation to Scotland would be complete without experiencing the comfortable surroundings, delicious food and warm hospitality for which the country is famous. Whether you are searching for urban luxury, an island retreat, exquisite cuisine, some trout or salmon fishing, a few rounds of golf or even your own castle, our friends at the Scottish Hotel Awards will point you in the right direction.

1 The Balmoral
1, Princes Street, Edinburgh

With its unique address, this grand Scottish Baronial property first opened in 1902 as a Grand Railway Hotel. It therefore occupies a prime city centre location. The iconic Clock Tower is a familiar landmark and since the beginning has been set two minutes fast to assist travelers in catching their trains.

Part of the deluxe Rocco Forte Collection since 1997, the interior design is by Olga Polizzi and preserves the original Edwardian décor alongside contemporary furnishings.

Hadrian’s Brasserie is the alternative restaurant for breakfast, lunch and supper, while traditional Afternoon Tea is served in the romantic setting of the Palm Court Salon. Scotch is the name of the Balmoral's chic and intimate lounge bar which boasts the largest collection of Scotch whiskies in Edinburgh – over 400 different blends and malts.

In the Health Club and Spa, there is a large swimming pool, gym, steam room, and Finnish sauna. The Spa is furnished in the style of a Pool Deck on a luxury cruise ship.

SHA Luxury Hotel of the Year 2015
Tel: +44 (0) 1315 562 414

2 Melville Castle Hotel
Gilmerton Road, Midlothian
EH18 1AP

Let us be the Castle of your Dreams is the slogan featured on the hotel brochure. Designed by the eminent Scottish architect James Playfair, this A listed, 18th Century turreted mansion is on the outskirts
of Edinburgh.

With just 32 bedrooms – Classic Standard, Family Rooms, and Four Poster Suites – the castle has an intimate, homely feel with log fires in the Library Bar, Brasserie and Lounge.

The Brasserie, which is situated in the atmospheric cellar, offers a pub menu – soup, sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips and Sunday roast beef, welcoming non-residents as well as hotel guests. The Ballroom Restaurant offers a more formal ambiance à la carte and specialises in Scottish beef, game and seafood.

Weddings for up to 70 guests take place in the castle while there is a marquee in the garden for receptions with up to 200 guests.

Edinburgh & Lothians SHA Wedding Hotel of the Year 2015
Tel: +44 (0) 1316 540 088

3 Ten Hill Place
10, Hill Place, Edinburgh

Situated in a quiet square on the south side of Scotland's capital, this hotel adjoins the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. There are well designed and comfortable rooms, and guests can either explore the city – the Edinburgh Festival Theatre is just around the corner or attend functions in the splendid Georgian interiors of the College itself.

Dining at Ten Hill Place is an experience. With a great selection of creative dishes combining traditional Scottish elements with a modern twist. Prices are reasonable and there is something for everybody.

Since The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is actually part of the same property, this makes it the perfect place for a special event.

Edinburgh & Lothians SHA Conference Hotel of the Year 2015
Tel: +44 (0) 1316 622 080

4 Hotel Indigo Edinburgh
51 – 96, York Place

This boutique hotel, set in one of the listed Georgian town houses along York Place, is at the east end of Edinburgh’s New Town. True to its name, the decor resonates with vibrant shades of blue and purple.

The bedrooms have Edinburgh themed wall papers, modern furnishings, a well stocked mini bar and modern bathrooms. The extensive room service snack menu features mini burgers and haggis bon bons.
For those wanting to take it a bit easier, the bar is an inviting place with a wide selection of malt whiskies, gins, vodkas and other spirits on offer. Fancy a workout? The gym has a range of equipment including running machines and weights to set you up for the day.

The vibrant Turquoise Thistle Restaurant offers the best of Scottish cooking with a very modern twist and a substantial wine list. Breakfast features a fine selection of fruits, yoghurts and cold cuts, followed by a great selection of hot dishes.

Although Hotel Indigo does not have a separate car park, there are two large car parks close by and the hotel offers discounts for guests.

Edinburgh & Lothians SHA Brand Hotel of the the Year 2015
Tel: +44 (0) 131 556 5577

5 Lamlash Bay Hotel
Shore Road, Lamlash, Isle of Arran
KA27 8LU

With the Buddhist-owned sanctuary Holy Isle as a peaceful backdrop, Lamlash Bay, after which this family-owned hotel takes its name, is one of the Isle of Arran’s loveliest stretches of seascape. The village is strung along the edge of an officially-protected marine sanctuary and situated only ten minutes by road from Brodick, the island capital, and the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Ardrossan on the Scottish mainland.

In 2015, the hotel saw some big changes; the most noticeable being the creation of a sea-facing balcony on the front. Accommodation varies, so it is well worth contacting the hotel in advance to discuss specific needs.

Dining is in the hotel’s locally well-known pizza restaurant. The casual and cheerful bar is popular with visitors and islanders alike.
Tel: +44 (0) 1770 600 844

6 Kingsmuir House
Springfield Road, Peebles
EH45 9EP

This luxurious B&B surpasses expectations with its surprisingly spacious bedroom suites.

The building has been fully refurbished to provide two suites, each accommodating two guests. Super king size beds, free standing cast iron roll-top doubled ended baths, and underfloor heating are provided, along with iPod docks, TV and DVD players, as well as a number of charming personalised items to make guests feel extra welcome and at home.

Unlike many other B&Bs, the owner/chef offers an around-the-clock concierge service. Restaurant quality food is cooked to order using local produce and the freshest ingredients available, and guests are made to feel at home from the moment they arrive.

Borders SHA B&B/Guest House of the Year 2015
Tel: +44 (0) 1721 724 413