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Issue 86 - Premium Choice

Scotland Magazine Issue 86
April 2016


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A selection of our favourite properties

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

The Scotsman Hotel Edinburgh, EH1 1YT

Built into the original Scotsman newspaper offices and printing rooms on North Bridge, and towering over Waverley Station, one can easily imagine what it must have been like, back in 1905, when the downstairs access was used to load the morning’s papers onto the train. The building has not lost any of its scale and charm.

Nowadays, the Scotsman building has moved on from the bustling newspaper world, to an altogether more relaxed lifestyle as a luxury hotel. All 69 bedrooms provide five star comfort and luxury, with most of them providing stunning views over Edinburgh’s city centre. As one would expect, comfy beds, fresh crisp linen, fluffy towels and luxury toiletries are all present in rooms, as is a well stocked mini bar.

The lounge and restaurant area is dominated by the original marble columns and offers seating on the ground floor level as well as on the upper balcony that can be reached via a contemporary glass staircase.

Combined with the original wooden panelling, the space takes you back to the grand ambience of the past century. If only for one of the innovative cocktails, sumptuous afternoon tea, or for dinner, a visit here is an absolute must.

The Spa and Health Club has over 20 000 square feet of exercise and relaxation space which allows you to be as active or inactive as you possibly want to be while on vacation. With 60 different exercise machines and weights to choose from, a stainless steel swimming pool, sauna and steam room, there is something here for everybody. For those not wanting to lift a finger, there is the Aveda Spa where a wide variety of treatments are available.

Service is the number one priority of The Scotsman Hotel, and you can tell from the moment you step across the threshold. As a wee final touch, there is, of course, the complimentary Scotsman newspaper delivered to your room’s door!

+44(0) 1315 565 565

Mar Hall, Golf & Spa Resort Bishopton, PA7 5NW

Set along the shores of the river Clyde and built for the Earl of Mar, this grand 19th Century hall still shines in all its glory. The 200 acre estate has the hotel as a centre piece, which is built from stone quarried nearby and timber imported from Canada on the orders of architect Sir Robert Smirkes.

Converted to a hotel in 2004, it boasts 52 luxuriously designed bedrooms, where there is nothing more to wish for. In addition to the lavish decor, the grand suites even hold a piano, and plenty of comfortable seating from which views either over the river and golf course or the woodlands and gardens can be enjoyed. The grand beds are as inviting as the warm and stylish bathrooms.

Relaxation and leisure are at the heart of the hotel. With a spacious Spa area, including seven treatment rooms, a relaxation room, a Rasul mud chamber, heated pool and lounge chairs, steam room and sauna, unwinding is guaranteed.

In May 2010 the hotel added the Earl of Mar Golf Course – designed by David Thomas Jnr. – which has proved a great success and offers stunning views over the Clyde and the Kilpatrick Hills. As a championship course, this is now one of Scotland’s best, and equipment can be provided by the hotel for those unable to bring their own.

Dining at Mar Hall is a must, whether in the Cristal restaurant, where a fine dining menu can be enjoyed, in Il Posto, which offers an Italian style food selection, or for a more casual snack at Spike’s Bar.

Whatever your inspiration is to visit Mar Hall, you’ll find yourself eager to return.

+44(0) 1418 129 999

The Roxburghe Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ

The Roxburghe is a well-established landmark hotel at the West End of Edinburgh, with a grand Georgian facade overlooking Charlotte Square Gardens. The central New Town location is ideal, being on the corner of George Street with its designer shops, bars and restaurants. The best theatres and galleries are also close at hand, as are the city’s historic sites in the nearby Old Town.

This elegant 18th Century property sits across several townhouses and, stylistically, gives at first the impression of a small boutique hotel; but in fact the property boasts 199 bedrooms and suites, offering both traditional furnishings and contemporary designs in the glass-fronted extension wing. This is an all rounder leisure and business hotel; it offers a Leisure club with pool, sauna, fitness centre and Balance Spa, alongside excellent conference, meeting and banqueting rooms for corporate events, private dining and weddings.

There are spacious, quiet, comfortable lounges – it is a popular venue for Afternoon Tea – leading through to the George Street Bar and Grill, where an all day bistro menu features quality Scottish seafood and steak, with a speciality Sunday roast. A well presented, freshly prepared breakfast and brunch is also served here, and later in the day you may relax in the bar with an extensive choice of spirits, beers, wines and cocktails.

The welcoming front of house staff and award-winning concierge team ensure that guests have a comfortable and enjoyable visit to Edinburgh, whether for business or pleasure.

+44(0) 1312 407 139

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