5 star hotels in edinburgh

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Hopefully someone will be able to help me.

My OH 40TH birthday is coming up a week before Christmas, and they want to go to Edinburgh to a good 5 star hotel.

However I have looked on the various websites, and discovered that the prices are a little more than I thought!!

Can anyone recommend a good 5* hotel in central Edinburgh, that does a good breakfast? (Most of the hotels are room only, and whilst Im happy to pay approx £200 for 2 nights I dont particualary one to be paying another small fortune to include breakfast)!!

Also how to I get the best deal - any hints or tips would be great!

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thankyou all for your help.


  • wifefaefifewifefaefife Forumite
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    My BIL and SIL stayed at the Macdonald roxburghe hotel and enjoyed their stay, Its a 4*. On their website it for the 17th-19th dec I got £224 for Best Available Advance Purchase bed and breakfast rate (Full payment is to be paid on booking. This is non refundable and non transferable and replaces standard terms.)on a classic King room. HTH
    Classic KingBest Available Advance Purchase bed and breakfast rate Full payment is to be paid on booking. This is non refundable and non transferable and replaces standard terms. £224.00
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  • I can only recommend two hotels in Edinburgh the Apex overlooking the castle, great breakfast, and good rates with parking. The other is slightly out of the centre, and is the Prestionfield, more expensive and upmarket.
  • edited 30 August 2011 at 2:17PM
    Ginger_PoodleGinger_Poodle Forumite
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    edited 30 August 2011 at 2:17PM

    This is for Prestonfield, we went there for my husband's 40th and it is really lovely. All theatrical & gothicy (sp?) but stylish too. And the staff are fantastic. I found that prices really dropped a couple of weeks before our stay.

    Oops...just noticed the person above said the same thing. Must be good!
  • There is also The Witchery by the Castle. Very gothic and romantic, but expensive, worth it for a special occasion though.
  • LimaLima Forumite
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    Is it definitely a 5 star you want, is there any specific facilities you are looking for e.g. good spa facilities or restaurant, close to certain landmarks. Would probably be easier to find you a hotel based on that, there are a lot of good hotels in Edinburgh that may not be 5 star as they do not have certain facilities and we could tailor suggestions to what you are looking for.
  • sioban_2sioban_2 Forumite
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    I have stayed at the Macdonald (think you can use Tesco Clubcard Vouchers if you have any) and also the APEX near the castle.

    I stayed at the APEX as a 40th treat and was really fortunate at choosing a perfect weekend as there was a firework display at the castle which we were able to watch from our room and also free entry to the castle the following day - this was to celebrate St Andrews Day , so if you are flexible with dates you could avoid the christmas party nights too by going end of November.
  • Hotel Missoni is also lovely and as is Malmaison down at Leith
  • Thankyou to each of you who took the time to reply - really very much appreciated.

    I only thought of 5* hotels as it is my OHs birthday.

    So long as it is a good top quality hotel in the City centre, with prefably a swimming pool/leisure facilities and a good restaurant in it or nearby - which is reasonably priced!

    If there are other good hotels in the City, I could view them and then decide.

    I'll certainly give all the hotels mentioned here a look! As I really want it to be a nice break for the OH.

    I have stayed in the Caledonian Hilton - which was great, but the prices for the weekend before Christmas are a bit much for my budget!

    Thanks again for all your help. :T
  • maginotmaginot Forumite
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    I stayed at the 5* Sheraton in Edinburgh for one night. Very dissapointed for a 5* and at £200 a night.

    Unless you pay the super prices to have higher level rooms, the room we got was no better than a 3* room with terrible views. The spa is not geared for hotel guests and feel out of place if not a day customer paying for it's use.

    Some rooms did overlook the castle and location is excellent though, although have to pay extra for parking.

    I would go with with other posters and choose a good 4*. Check out trip advisor for reviews, as I do this now for all hotel stays and tend to get a good stay.
  • GillyxGillyx Forumite
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    The Radisson Blu Hotel (4*) on the Royal Mile is £219 for the weekend you mention, Breakfast isn't included but it does have an indoor heated pool, a sauna and fitness suite. It also has a restaurant within, but it is close to almost everything so you'd probably get cheaper elsewhere. If you want breakfast included its £285. For that price I'd go out and get breakfast elsewhere.

    Hotel Missoni is £288 but it does look fabulous.

    Also the Macdonald Roxburghe Hotel (4*) is £185.20 for the weekend it has the gym, sauna and steam room. For £238 you can have a spa package for the weekend this includes
    -breakfast each morning
    -dinner in the Melrose Restaurant on the first night
    -30-minute spa treatment per person (facial, body polish, or nail file and polish)
    -20% off dinner on the 2nd night
    -10% off any further spa treatments

    I'm tempted to book this myself :)
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