Edinburgh, United Kingdom

21212 Restaurant with Rooms

Rates per night from$124.41

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP95.83), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Grand Georgian

Setting

Behind Calton Hill

21212 Restaurant and Rooms hotel in Edinburgh with its four rooms might be small, but it has loads on offer. This boutique hotel of Michelin-starred chef Paul Kitching and partner is set in a gorgeous Georgian townhouse right on the staid Royal Terrace, the rooms are all large and beautifully revived with every modern convenience. And, right downstairs from your elegant room is the establishment’s exquisite namesake restaurant – one of the best in the UK.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Four.

Check–Out

12pm. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Check-in past 10pm can't be done without prior guarantee – call the Smith24 Team for more details.

Rates

Double rooms from $124.41 (£96), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Hotel closed

If you're checking in on a Sunday or Monday, please confirm your arrival time directly with the hotel, so they can make sure they'll be around to check you in. Also, the restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, and Noble Isle bath products, Bluetooth speaker and free bottled water in rooms.

Our favourite rooms

Decisions should be based on varying penchants for bathrooms and views. Rooms on the third floor come with huge Spanish showers, sturdy egg-shaped bath tubs and twin sinks. (Opt for either a view of the garden or the Firth of Forth.) The two bedrooms on the fourth floor come with wet rooms.

Packing tips

A refined palate for some serious taste sensations; binoculars to take up Calton Hill and admire the city’s sights close up. Leave your bagpipes at home and be serenaded by the experts instead.

Also

If you plan to eat at 21212, reserve your table well in advance – they fill up fast, and the hotel doesn't necessarily give priority to guests. Guests with mobility issues should book a room on the first floor; there's no lift in this Georgian townhouse.

Children

You'll need to leave tots under five at home, but children aged five-and-up are welcome in the hotel and restaurant (there’s no special menu though).

Food and Drink

Photos 21212 Restaurant with Rooms food and drink

Top Table

If there’s a big group of you (up to 10), book out the grand dining room on the first floor. Smaller groups of six or so can opt for the Pod, a cosy, circular space with a dramatic digital Caravaggio print for wallpaper.

Dress Code

It’d be rude not to scrub up. This is a destination restaurant in a listed building, after all.

Hotel restaurant

The restaurant is the star of the show – 21212 is named after its menu structure (three courses where you get two choices, two where you get one). The chefs get to work behind a perspex screen (on show from the elegant, chandelier-enhanced dining room), whipping up deconstructed dishes with a different taste per mouthful (and the entire menu's animal based: vegans, this isn't the restaurant for you). The lamb curry consists of braised flank, kebab and Merquez sausage, with banana and cucumber confit, currants and peanuts, celeriac and sticky rice coleslaw, basil leaves, saffron, and yoghurt and onion soubise sauce. You know what they say about variety.

Hotel bar

The bar is in the upstairs Drawing Room, a sumptuous space with high ceilings and luxurious furnishings, perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8.15am until 10am, lunch noon till 1.45pm, and dinner from 6.45pm to 9.30pm.

Room service

No food, but drinks can be delivered to bedrooms.

Location

Photos 21212 Restaurant with Rooms location
Address
21212 Restaurant with Rooms
3 Royal Terrace
Edinburgh
EH7 5AB
United Kingdom

Planes

Edinburgh’s international airport is a 25-minute drive from 21212.

Trains

The city’s Waverley train station is half a mile from the hotel. Taxis cost roughly £5 each way. East Coast (www.eastcoast.co.uk) operates direct services from London King’s Cross.

Automobiles

The hotel is in the centre of Edinburgh, just behind Carlton Hill and at the top of Leith Walk. There’s metered parking available on the Royal Terrace and surrounding streets.

Local restaurants

L’Escargot Bleu (+44 (0)131 557 1600) on Broughton Street is neighbourhood French dining at its finest; come for the cassoulet and mussels, but leave room for the cheeseboard. If you’re down by the docks, pop into Porto & Fi (+44 (0)131 551 1900), a café, deli and bistro hybrid serving freshly caught lobster, wild boar meatballs. The Edinburgh outpost of London’s Irani café-inspired Dishoom is around the corner on St Andrew Square. Pop in for breakfasts of bacon-stuffed naan and free-flowing chai lattes or sharing plate dinners of spicy daal, lamb biryani and creamy pau bhaji. 

Reviews

Photos 21212 Restaurant with Rooms reviews
Marina  O'Loughlin

Anonymous review

By Marina O'Loughlin, Clandestine critic

Since I wasted away my late teenage years at Auld Reekie’s major seat of learning, I’ve never been back to the Scottish capital. A combination of being a lousy student, plus having a grant so minuscule it compelled me to live on smoked sausage suppers (one of the capital’s more recherché culinary specialities) and ‘Carlsberg Special With a Vodka In It’, left me with less-than-happy memories. Nor, back then, was Edinburgh big on the kind of thing that might appeal to the trainee sybarite. Little wonder I spent so much time huddling in gorgeous Edwardian pubs against the biting East Coast wind.

But my, how things have changed. Edinburgh now boasts the greatest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK outside London. And one of them, the quirkily monikered 21212, offers the ideal excuse to go back. A certifiably insane taxi driver drops us at a perfect example of Edinburgh’s legendary Georgian architecture, a towering townhouse, all impossibly lofty ceilings, sweeping staircase (complete with original butlers trays) and stunning windows.

My Mr Smith is utterly smitten, not only with our restaurant with rooms, but with Edinburgh in general. If he says, ‘This has to be Britain’s most beautiful city,’ just once more, any romantic notions might be severely dashed. Which at 21212 would be an enormous shame. From the giant Caravaggio mural in the ‘pod’ in which we take our breakfast – as remarkable as everything else: eggs turned into Mirò paintings with slicks of herb and jewels of Bayonne ham; locally smoked salmon generously strewn with caviar – to the vast, snowy linened bed, this a scene perfectly designed for seduction.
 
Our hosts are chef Paul Kitching and his partner Katie O’Brien, the former creating some kind of crazy chemistry in the restaurant’s open kitchen, the latter charming us to pieces on reception or serving breakfast. We’re in room 1, up a staircase carpeted in arresting thistle-and-moth patterned carpets from Glaswegian designer duo, Timorous Beasties. Our windows look out over greenery to the distant Firth of Forth; a huge, crisp-sheeted bed lolls on a curtained platform; there’s a large but discreet plasma-screen TV, a soft, nubbly sofa to collapse into, and masses of glossy, foodie-focused goodies to read. A lovely touch is a vintage decanter of port. Nightcaps, ahoy.

As for the huge bathroom, it is rather like having our own personal spa. A vast shower offers gusts of high-pressure water; an egg-shaped bath is most glamorous and comes complete with floor-set uplighters for creating a special bathtime mood; there are Noble Isle products on tap. And what’s this – underfloor heating? The toastiest toes, guaranteed, even in the depths of a Scottish winter: bliss.
 
The hotel is right next door to Calton Hill, a steep stagger up for an astonishing view of the city. And down the swoop of Leith Walk lie the bars and restaurant of the old docks. We take a walk down to the vaguely bonkers new Scottish Parliament building. Then it’s up the Royal Mile, along with every other tourist in town, to the Castle... Although, alas, we don’t quite make it.

We’re lured back to those glorious Edwardian pubs – the Kenilworth, Guildord and Abbotsford and seriously ravishing Café Royale, all beautifully preserved slices of the boozy past. We head down to louche Stockbridge and the Bailey, Kay’s and the St Vincent. I have stovies, the ugliest foodstuff ever seen, in the handsome Cumberland Bar. The oniony potatoes may cause Mr Smith to blanch at the eccentricities of the Scottish diet, but, mmm, they're good.
 
We finally weave back – ‘We thought you’d got lost,’ says Katie – and concur it’s like staying in a pal’s super-posh home. After a splash about in our ‘spa’, dinner beckons. The brocade-lined dining room, where dreamy, dried-sage-coloured drapes create an intimate, boudoir atmosphere, is the setting for a culinary thrill ride. Here’s how one dish appears on the menu, verbatim: ‘Smoked Haddock Made Interesting. Gently baked haddock with olive oil, saffron + jumbo scallop, baked bean, ratatouille, two black ingredients??, buttered crumpets, very tiny summer vegetables, lightly curried creamy smoked salmon bisque (smoked salmon is always interesting)’. Isn’t that heaven?

Half the fun is trying to indentify the different constituents. A musky wafer turns out to be dehydrated mushroom ‘parchment’; a little waxed paper cup contains porridge and wheat milk. I’ve eaten my way round the world (as my waistline attests) and I can confidently say that Paul is a one-off. His presentation, especially, is unique: tiny elements of each dish jostling and hiding others. It’s like a treasure hunt. There are bizarre, tricky two pronged forks, coffee is served in paper cups; Paul’s humour may be playful, but he has the skill to pull it off.
 
I’m trying hard to find a whinge about 21212 (the name, if you’re wondering, comes from the menu’s unusual binary layout: two courses, then one and so on). The stairs might prove a challenge for anyone with mobility issues (or those who’ve enjoyed too much of Edinburgh’s liquid hospitality). I suppose, like an excited child, I do like to find a minibar in my room. And it might be nice instead of all-French cheeses, to have Scottish ones on the menu. But you can tell I’m struggling. The hotel – and its lovely owners – have made this food critic look at her old alma mater with a new, glowing appreciation. And that’s no small achievement.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in 21212 Restaurant with Rooms’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The room was phenomenal with a huge suite, large king size bed and a bathroom larger that most apartments! The location was central to downtown Edinburgh with most things within a 15-minute walk (to the Edinburgh Castle about 20 minutes) with a lovely view from my room over the city. The staff were outstanding! Kate at the front desk was just wonderful! Everyone was helpful, efficient, cheerful, and enjoyed what they were doing. I would definitely return and hope to come back soon to visit! The restaurant in the hotel is fabulous – the chef prepared one of the best meals I have ever had with superb wine pairings. Breakfast was excellent as well served to fit your time schedule.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed by this hotel! It was lovely!

Rating

Stayed on 4 Oct 2018

We loved

Everything really. The room was very comfortable and stylishly done up. The drawing room was beautiful and inviting. All the staff were competent and friendly. We also booked a meal at the restaurant. The food was delicious.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Sep 2018

We loved

We experienced very good service, a warm welcome and a gorgeous room. Sadly the restaurant was closed during our stay, so we can't comment on that, albeit breakfast included a delightful homemade museli. The only disappointment was that the toast was manufactured sliced bread... otherwise all was lovely. Definitely visit Edinburgh Castle.

Don’t expect

Bacon buttie on brown bread!

Rating

Stayed on 15 Jul 2018

We loved

Everything about this hotel. A warm welcome, staff who were always ready to help and a room that was luxurious and relaxing. The views across the city from the top floor are spectacular. Edinburgh is familiar territory for us, but this was a special visit for our son's graduation, and his first experience of a Michelin-starred restaurant. We wanted it to be memorable and 21212 didn't let us down. The meal was wonderful in every respect: exquisite food combined with a relaxed atmosphere and knowledgeable but friendly staff. As a boutique hotel and dining experience, you will struggle to find anywhere better. Check out Valvona & Crolla at 19 Elm Row, just down the hill. Around since 1934, it's a fantastic traditional deli and wine shop, plus a hidden cafe which is great for a relaxed lunch. If you're a vintage vinyl fan, take a look in Vinyl Villains in Elm Row which has an impressive collection on offer at reasonable prices.

Don’t expect

To leave hungry!

Rating

Stayed on 21 Jun 2018

We loved

The luxurious room with a shower and roll top bath. A 5-star hotel with Michelin-star food and great attention to detail. 

Rating

Stayed on 7 Oct 2017

We loved

The breakfasts. Enjoyed The Gardeners Cottage for supper which was very near.

Rating

Stayed on 29 May 2017

We loved

Our room was amazing, friendly and helpful staff. Great location.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jan 2017

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