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Hotel Highlights

  • Small, quiet Edinburgh B&B with a very cosy character
  • Generous, city-savvy hosts
  • Delicious home-made jams and pastries complete a bountiful breakfast

Overview

Millers64 is a matchbox marvel of a B&B with three rooms and as many hosts, so you’re sure to be treated with more affection and attention than a long-lost clan member. This boutique Edinburgh guesthouse is a cosy mix of open and airy bright-white interiors, original Victorian features and oriental minimalism inspired by the owners’ childhoods in Asia – but the much-lauded breakfasts are as Scottish as they come.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Three.

Check–out

10am during the week; 11am at weekends, but flexible and bags can be left by arrangement. Earliest check-in, 3pm (although bags can be dropped off). Please be sure to let Millers64 know what time you plan to arrive so someone can be there to meet you.

Rates

Double rooms from $184.85 (£108), excluding tax at 20 per cent. Millers64 is unable to accept payment by credit card.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (£12 for full English).

Also

If you want to a) stay on Pilrig Street and b) have a bath, this is the only place you can do it.

Please note

The hotel is closed from Tuesday 30 September until Sunday 5 October 2014 inclusively.

At the hotel

Parking, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, and home-made shortbread.

Our favourite rooms

Park Suite is the biggest, with ornate Victorian cornicing and a dark brown love seat separated from the room by an arched wall. Garden Suite is cosier, with views out onto, predictably, the garden. We love the Sky Suite's skylight, through which you can see the stars from your bath tub. Each room has an ensuite bathroom with under-floor heating and silver sinks shipped over from Thailand. Beds are king-sized, with ultra-luxurious hand-stitched Hypnos mattresses, crisp white linens and chocolate brown/shimmery champagne cushions.

Packing tips

Any books you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t got round to – these bedrooms are just beckoning to be lived and lounged in; Clan Clelland tartan to really feel part of the family.

Also

There’s a three-night minimum stay at weekends and busy periods.

Children

Over-12s only.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The only meal available is the much-lauded Millers64 full Scottish breakfast, served up in the communal breakfast room. A lived-in library, the room has a wide window looking out onto the garden. Lovingly home-prepared treats include oatcakes, pastries, jams and marmalades.

Hotel Bar

There is no bar at Millers64, but the neighbouring Edinburgh watering holes plug the gaps.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 8.30am–10am.

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Dress code

Your host won’t object if you show up in your slippers.

Top table

Sit by the window and admire the garden.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Saunter down to Leith to gawp admiringly at the reinvented waterfront, then clamber up Carlton Hill (10 minutes from the Leith Walk roundabout) for scintillating cityscapes. Pick up the obligatory haggis from Crombies (+44 (0)131 557 0111), the best butcher in town, and, for a basketful of Italian groceries, head to Valvona & Crolla (+44 (0)131 556 6066) at the top of Leith Walk.

 

Local restaurants

For seasonal seafront dining in Leith, Tom Kitchin’s The Kitchin is on the water at Commercial Quay (+44 (0)131 555 1755). Try Paul Kitchings’s five-course tasting menu at 21212 on Royal Terrace (0845 222 1212) for unusual flavour combinations. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the Roseleaf at 23–24 Sandport Place (+44 (0)131 476 5268) is a relaxed, slightly eccentric (mismatched cutlery and an equally varied crowd) bar/café with delicious eats – try cullen skink or homemade game pie.

Local bars

Iso-Bar on Bernard Street (+44 (0)131 467 8904) in Leith is a small, smart café by day and a standing-room-only bar at night. Port O’ Leith on Constitution Street (+44 (0)131 554 3568) is a little local bar where you might spot Irvine Welsh amongst the nautical knick-knacks.

Local cafés

The Forth Floor Brasserie in Harvey Nichols on St Andrew Square (+44 (0)131 524 8350) is the essential coffee-with-a-view stop-off for the Edinburgh urbanite.

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Parkside Pilrig Street

Millers64

64 Pilrig Street, Edinburgh, EH6 5AS, United Kingdom

Planes

The nearest airport is Edinburgh, seven miles from the hotel. A cab direct from the airport to the hotel's door will cost about £18.

Trains

Waverley is just a mile from the hotel. The station is served by Virgin, First Scotrail and National Express.

Automobiles

Princes Street (Edinburgh's buzzing shopping hub) is 15 minutes away. The hotel offers free on-street parking.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Emily Kerrigan , Foodie reporter

We’re visiting an old friend in Edinburgh and she’s recommended a bed and breakfast round the corner from her house. One problem: we can’t get a reservation. I’m intrigued. It’s just after Christmas – not exactly prime time for tourists – and we’re in the middle of one of the coldest snaps Britain’s seen in centuries. On top of that, Millers64 …
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Anonymous review by Emily Kerrigan, Foodie reporter

We’re visiting an old friend in Edinburgh and she’s recommended a bed and breakfast round the corner from her house. One problem: we can’t get a reservation. I’m intrigued. It’s just after Christmas – not exactly prime time for tourists – and we’re in the middle of one of the coldest snaps Britain’s seen in centuries. On top of that, Millers64 appears to be smack in the middle of residentsville, and a good 15 minutes walk from the Royal Mile, halfway down an unassuming sidestreet. And yet every weekend, the place is full. ‘But it’s only a B&B,’ puzzles Mr Smith...

Some bed and breakfast, we discover when we finally secure a booking. For a start there are only two rooms, lending Millers64 an instant and exclusive cachet of cool. And as guesthouses go, it’s as bonnie as they come – a cosy little bunk-up dressed in designer clothing. Louise Clelland, together with her sister Shona, runs this beautiful boutique outpost set within their own painstakingly restored Victorian home. It is her that warmly welcomes us when our chance to stay finally arrives.

The decor is a combination of period features, quirky modern artworks and the odd Oriental touch picked up from a childhood in the Far East. A sweep up the wooden staircase, past mini Thai Buddhas and colourful little canvases courtesy of local graphic designer Kate George, and we’re at the seriously spacious Park Suite overlooking Pilrig Street. (The room across the hall has views of the back garden.) Both have airy and luxurious ensuites loaded with large fluffy white towels and robes, organic Purdie’s of Argyll toiletries, baths and drench showers big enough for two, hammered-metal sinks shipped from South East Asia and underfloor heating.

Dominating the room is our king-size bed draped in fine, crisp white linen and set off with swathes of mahogany, dark-chocolate browns and champagne hues. There’s free WiFi and a sofa for Mr Smith to stretch out on and check his emails, a digital flatscreen TV and docking station for the iPod. There are even copies of Elle Deco and Monocle to leaf through. It’s all brilliantly five star and designery. What endears it most to us are the make-yourself-at-home, personable touches, like the little kilner jars of Louise’s homemade shortbread next to the coffee cups, and the useful manual listing the sisters’ favourite haunts for eating out and exploring.

Mr Smith fixes his eye on the breakfast menu. Not the one-choice-suits-all, like-it-or-lump-it, dodgy Full English of your average B&B, here. These well-travelled sisters have stayed in some of the world’s finest hotels – and it shows. Tick the right boxes on the menu, hang it up for collection, and in the morning you’ll be treated to your choice of the following: porridge with cream and brown sugar; smoked salmon and scrambled eggs; French toast with bacon and maple syrup; boiled eggs with soldiers or a full Scottish (locally sourced sausages and bacon, slices of black pudding, homemade potato scones, cherry tomatoes on the vine…) Still hungry? Expect thoughtful extras such as mini yoghurt pots, oven-fresh pastries or chocolately raspberry muffins, not to mention oodles of oatcakes, jams and marmalades, all made by Clelland hands. There’s even a tea menu. We joyously work our way through as much as we can, and it’s all glorious. Should we find ourselves up here in sunnier climes we’re told we can enjoy it all on the patio outside.

Louise is a foodie, which is obvious from the pedigree of the breakfast and the number of cookbooks stacked on the breakfast-room shelves, so we chat about Edinburgh’s food scene. She tells me about Martin Wishart and Tom Kitchin’s upscale dining rooms down in Leith and the legendary Italian deli Valvona & Crolla up the road from Pilrig Street; she even points out the kitchen shop round the corner where she picked up the cute little bone-handle bread knives, teeny tiny jugs for the cream and dainty, mismatched china plates that she uses to serve breakfast on.

Mr Smith and I follow her recommendations and hit the regenerated shoreline of Leith for seafood on the waterfront at the stylishly laidback Ship on the Shore and a pint at old-school boozer, the Roseleaf. Then it’s uptown in a taxi (the cabbie tells us there’ll be a tramline soon) to Harvey Nick’s for some light sales shopping, as well as sushi and cocktails with views of the city skyline from the store’s ‘Forth Floor’ bar. Our Edinburgh trips ends with drinks at the ultra-glam Hotel Missoni. Next time we visit, we reflect, we are tempted to stay at this luxury hideaway right by Edinburgh Castle. Or we could swallow the 10-minute cab ride back out of town, lap up the world’s warmest welcome at Millers64, save some shillings on our boudoir and spend the difference in the Missoni’s bar by night. A flashback to that breakfast menu makes the decision for us.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Millers64's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the friendly welcome. There was an excellent breakfast with home-made jams.

Don’t expect

I would've liked bigger beds and later checkouts: 10am is far too early!

Rating: 6/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Beautifully appointed room; nice decor throughout; flexibility regarding breakfast time. Note that this is not a hotel, but a bijou bed-and-breakfast establishment. It is not central, but close to excellent bus services on Leith Walk, and there is free on-street parking right outside.

Don’t expect

Not much at all!

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Lovely personal touches – it felt like staying with friends, but with all the professional elements.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

From the moment we arrived, Louise welcomed us into her B&B – which felt more like a haven from the wind and chilly weather of Edinburgh. Louise has obviously worked out what people want from a luxury break and does it all so perfectly – friendly welcomes, chatty recommendations for restaurants and sightseeing, huge tasy Scottish breakfasts, and home baked bread, just sublime. The room (Park Suite) was huge with a comfy sofa in the bay window, massive bed with a cosy duvet (not quite enough to tempt you away from breakfast though), large bathroom, tasty shortbread, china tea cups and a proper teapot, and a selection of magazines.

Don’t expect

Be aware that the location is part way between Leith and Edinburgh – probably a 20-min walk (quickly) to the mid-point of the Royal Mile. This isn't a problem – just be aware you aren't in the thick of it. I think there are buses but we didn't use them.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Millers64 was a real gem. The welcome was very warm and friendly. Fresh milk, china cups for your tea and homemade shortbread- what more could you wish for after a busy day shopping. We would certainly return.

Don’t expect

Couldn't really think of anything - it was all lovely.

Rating: 10/10 stars