Edinburgh, United Kingdom

21212 Restaurant with Rooms

Rates from (inc tax)$96.78

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21GBP), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Grand Georgian


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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Need to know




12pm. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $96.78 (£79), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP95.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Hotel closed

Please note that 21212 restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, and Noble Isle bath products, iPod dock, CD/DVD player 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.


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 over six are welcome in the restaurant but there’s no special menu.

Food and Drink

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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; 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 12 noon till 1.45pm, and dinner from 6.45pm to 9.30pm.

Room service

No food, but drinks can be delivered to bedrooms.


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21212 Restaurant with Rooms
3 Royal Terrace
United Kingdom


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


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.


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; www.lescargotbleu.co.uk) 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; www.portofi.com), a café, deli and bistro hybrid serving freshly caught lobster, wild boar meatballs, and, on Sundays, gourmet all-day breakfasts, or Plumed Horse (+44 (0)131 554 5556; www.plumedhorse.co.uk), a restaurant offering seafood suppers such as langoustine soufflé and wild halibut with frogs’ legs.


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Anonymous review

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 with us, 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

Our room, the bathroom, the Michelin Restaurant. There is a bar (that is part of a restaurant), with a huge gorgeous dome ceiling and great Manhattans. The hotel is not at all good for kids, or people looking for a high-energy kind of stay.

Don’t expect

...Breakfasts before 8:30.


Stayed on 3 Oct 2016

We loved

The warm welcome, gorgeous room, fantastic food and superb location - 5 mins walk from the heart of Edinburgh! Edinburgh Festival - perfect setting! Great to get away from the madness in the city!

Don’t expect

Traditional hotel - noisy and crowded!


Stayed on 9 Aug 2016

We loved

Fantastic place to stay beautiful rooms with attention to every detail. Recommend Taste of Italy just around the corner for good wholesome food at a very reasonable price.

Don’t expect

Breakfast on Monday quite a let down especially if you are expecting anything cooked, Tuesday onwards professional service resumed !


Stayed on 19 Jun 2016

We loved

Fantastic food, brilliant staff, incredible interiors and lovely attention to detail across the board. A michelin starred stay to accompany michelin starred food!

Don’t expect

Anything less than perfection


Stayed on 11 May 2016

We loved

Everything (honestly) - I honestly can not fault this hotel - from the moment you walk up the stairs to the front door to the moment you leave, it was perfect! Arthurs Seat is a must (bring your walking shoes though), the Queens Head on Frederick Street is also a great atmospheric pub.

Don’t expect

To find any faults - well we didn't find any


Stayed on 25 Apr 2016

We loved

Beautiful fresh room décor and ideal shopping location! 10/10

Don’t expect

A buzzing hotel bar - replaced by a lovely relaxing lounge instead


Stayed on 27 Mar 2016

We loved

Shower, sofa and bed were all fantastic.

Don’t expect

A bath, as not all rooms have one.


Stayed on 23 Dec 2015

We loved

Friendly staff, beautiful rooms, fantastic food, and central location!


Stayed on 8 Dec 2015

We loved

The room was amazing and was nice and quiet for a city centre location. The staff were extremely attentive.

Don’t expect

A late night bar; we knew it wasn't there, so were not concerned by there not being one.


Stayed on 25 Nov 2015

We loved

Everything! The friendly, professional staff, the beautiful, luxurious surroundings, the lovely large bedroom and fantastic bathroom and last but not least, the fabulous food cooked by Paul Kitching; the man is a genius.

Don’t expect

I don't really think it could be better.


Stayed on 13 Nov 2015

We loved

Pretty much everything - the room, the location, the hosts, the bathroom and of course - the restaurant!

Don’t expect

American style breakfast food - it's all very good and 5 star quality even the breakfast. My husband asked for scrambled eggs and got a very good dish but didn't look like our typical scrambled eggs.


Stayed on 9 Jun 2015

We loved

I loved everything. Attentive staff, great food, amazing room.

Don’t expect

The time of year we went wasn't ideal: nothing to do with the hotel but will visit when it's busier next time.


Stayed on 2 Nov 2014

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