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Issue 96 - Premium Choice

Scotland Magazine Issue 96
December 2017

 

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No vacation in Scotland is 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, salmon fishing, a few rounds of golf or even your own castle, the Scottish Hotel Awards team will point you in the right direction.

1. THE DUNSTANE

Following a million-pound investment project that spanned six months, the new look of Dunstane House in Edinburgh’s elegant West End was unveiled. The relaunch is part of a wider journey for the family-run Dunstane Houses, owned by Shirley and Derek Mowat, that is set to complete next year when the twin property, Hampton House, unveils further renovations.

Variously occupied by merchants, musicians, doctors, distillers, bankers and newspapermen over the last 160 years, the Dunstane Houses have witnessed the evolution of modern-day Edinburgh.

In order to honour the owners’ Orkney islands roots, while also highlighting the building’s Victorian history, interior designer Hannah Lohan has created a contemporary urban sanctuary with an authentic Scottish soul. Subtly mixing the old and the new, the hotel’s evocative interiors combine the Neoclassical design of New Town Edinburgh with a modern approach to pared-down luxury, creating the welcoming feel of a country house hotel that’s close to the action but away from the bustle.

A new, carefully considered all-day dining menu is served in the lounge and offers residents and locals the finest Scottish produce. The new Ba Bar is decked out with a beautiful cabinet stocking over 70 malt whiskies, and tailored whisky and cheese tastings are available.

All considered, it must be said that The Dunstane has truly emerged as one of the capital’s leading luxury hotels.

4 West Coates, Edinburgh, EH12 5JQ

+44 (0) 1313 376 169

www.thedunstane.com

2. DOUNESIDE HOUSE

Breakfast of the Year 2017 (North East)

The fabulous MacRobert family of Douneside House has a rich and inspirational history.

Today carefully managed by the MacRobert Trust, this country house hotel has carefully been transformed with a multi-million pound refurbishment but has lost none of its charm and character.

The Trust and the 17 acres of carefully manicured lawns and grounds, recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society, provide training for students who create beautiful displays of flowers, vegetables and herbs. The views across the Scottish Highlands to the Grampian Mountains, many of which are visible from the rooms, are uninterrupted and unforgettable. The hotel has created 14 superb, classic-contemporary styled bedrooms. All are stylish and of the highest quality; utilising modern fabrics, antique furniture and the most comfortable Hypnos beds. Within the grounds there are a number of cottages with an additional 16 bedrooms, including the impressive four-bedroomed Casa Memoria. Many have their own terraces and BBQ sets.

Douneside also offers the finest food and sources locally wherever possible, including vegetables and herbs from their own gardens. They offer a fabulous Taster Menu, with or without carefully selected paired wines, and a truly splendid table d’hôte menu.

The hotel is a great base from which guests can explore the Highlands or, alternatively, one may simply or relax with a good book in front of one of the roaring log fires.

Tarland, Aberdeenshire, AB34 4UL

+44 (0) 1339 881 230

www.dounesidehouse.co.uk

3. G&V ROYAL MILE HOTEL EDINBURGH

Bar 2017 (Edinburgh & Lothians)

The G&V is located on the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, making it a superb base for all visitors. Individual local designers have recently redesigned the hotel’s seven suites, with an individuality that is rare to see in a large city centre hotel.

These contemporary, yet quintessentially Scottish, bedrooms all have superb views of the city. Some offer views of Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags, others of the Royal Mile; the higher up the room, the more magnificent the view. Many have unique features and all are equipped with amenities and fixtures of the highest quality.

After a day exploring the city, guests may relax in the spa. When refreshed and ready for the evening, we highly recommend a drink in the fabulous Epicurean bar, now one of the leading cocktail bars in the city. A visit to Cucina, the hotel’s restaurant, is a must. Here diners will be delighted by Italian fare created by the celebrated Bolognan Chef Mattia Camorani. To all who cross the threshold, it is clear why this is now one of the capital’s top hotels.

1 George Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD

+44 (0) 1312 206 666

www.gandvhotel.com

4. GOLDEN JUBILEE CONFERENCE HOTEL

Events Hotel 2017 (Glasgow & Clyde)

The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel has really considered its market position and, with a clearly defined strategy, has positioned itself as a centre of excellence.

As well as a first-class product in terms of hotel service, the property is also now equipped with cutting-edge technology and boasts the most ample space for a conference hotel of its size. The breakout areas are well defined, spacious and filled with natural sunlight.

The hotel operates uniquely as part of the Golden Jubilee NHS Trust, the advantage of this being it can retain the profit and reinvest in the product offering.

That’s not to say that the hotel is only suited to business visitors. Quite on the contrary, its location makes it a perfect base for guests wishing to explore both the city of Glasgow and the nearby Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel will more than exceed expectations.

Beardmore Street, Clydebank, G81 4SA

+44 (0) 1419 516 000

www.goldenjubileehotel.co.uk

5. TEN HILL PLACE HOTEL

Conference Hotel 2017 (Edinburgh & Lothians)

When visiting Edinburgh it is well worth seeking out the contemporary Ten Hill Place Hotel in the Old Town. The hotel has 77 well appointed, stylish, and comfortable bedrooms in a superb location for exploring this most historic of cities. A purpose-built hotel designed, owned and operated by the world-famous Royal College of Surgeons, one can be assured that the standard of the hotel’s modern furnishings and friendly service will be exceptional.

Dining is also a delight. Head Chef Alan Dickson leads a dedicated team and delivers a relaxed, but high quality, dining experience for which they have received many awards.

The 10 Wine Bar and Lounge provides a comfortable environment for both work and leisure. The range of wines offered, all of which can be served by the glass, is excellent and all have been selected by well-respected wine merchants Corney & Barrow.

The team at Ten Hill Place are more than happy to advise on local visitor attractions as they have a depth of knowledge of the city and what’s on. So take our advice: book a stay here at the superb Ten Hill Place Hotel.

City centre living doesn’t get better than this.

10 Hill Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9DS

+44 (0) 1316 622 080

www.tenhillplacehotel.com