The Rutland Hotel
- Style Stately stones in dove-grey tones
- Setting Princely Princes Street
Be king of the castle and stay at the Rutland Hotel, which overlooks the city’s citadel and boasts a plum location, bold decor and majestic wining and dining. This boutique hotel’s listed building sits pretty on Edinburgh’s arterial Princes Street, with the city’s best shops, sights, eateries and drinkeries on your doorstep.
Need to know
- Rooms 12, including three suites. There's also a two-bedroom apartment available for longer-term lets and short stays.
- Rates Double rooms from $156.47 (£96), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates are usually room only. Breakfast, from £10.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: HD plasma TV, iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water, Arran Aromatics toiletries, GHD hair straighteners, Ian Rankin novel (other titles in reception).
- Check–out 11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Children are welcome. Cots are provided free of charge, extra beds cost £25 and there is babysitting service for £10.50 an hour (book a day in advance). Little ‘uns can eat in the restaurant, which has a children’s menu.
- Also Smoking and pets are not allowed.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Go with the flow (of the building’s curved front) and book up number 4 or 10, both set in the swoop of the front-facing wall overlooking Princes Street. Room 4 is decorated in winey shades of magenta and blood-red with charcoal accents and 10 offers a contemporary twist on Scottish design, with its blown-up thistle-print wallpaper – tartan, shmartan. The executive doubles both have super king-sized beds and rain showers. Romantics and history buffs will love the castle vistas offered up by rooms 5 and 11. In contrast to 11’s milky white expanse, 5 is kitted out like a dark chocolate and orange crème, in spicy black, amber and gold tones. The heavy floral-print curtains, antique-effect armchairs and sculpted regal bed create a suitably majestic effect. Room 12 is also a popular choice with its tiny window in the eaves overlooking the Castle.
- Packing tips Mrs Smiths, leave your tress-tamers at home, all rooms are kitted out with GHD straighteners. Bring a chunky scarf to combat the windy city’s Gulf Stream breeze.
- Also Feeling frisky? Find your quirky do-not-disturb sign and turn it to the ‘cock-a-doodle-don’t’ side.
Food and drink at The Rutland Hotel
- Hotel restaurant Tuck into Aberdeen Angus steak supplied by some of Scotland's top farms and butchers at the Kyloe Restaurant & Grill (the name is an old Scots word for Highland cattle). As well as prime beef and the freshest of seasonal produce, Kyloe also serves up spectacular views of Edingburgh Castle.
- Dress code It’s a relaxed dining den, so you’ll feel equally at home in fancy frock and crisp shirt or casual comfy cool.
- Top table Rally the troops and assemble by the window, around a huge circular table in the curved front of the building. A centrally hung black desk lamp will light up the castle views; come Hogmanay, these tables are prime dining real estate.
- Last orders The restaurant is open from 11.30am–5.30pm for lunch and 5.30pm–10pm for dinner (10.30pm Fri and Sat). The bar serves up fruity and fabulous tipples from 8am until 1am and for the early birds, breakfast is served from 8am–11am.
- Room service Room service is available 7am–10pm, with options taken from the restaurant menu.
- Hotel bar The Huxley – gastropub-style bar is equally suited to work (exploit the wireless facilities) or pleasure. Pull up some cow-hide-covered swivel chairs with friends, spot the flatscreen TVs disguised by gilt frames and watch the locals coming and going; set a prize for the first person to spy Ian Rankin, a Rutland regular.