Cheval Old Town Chambers is home to an elegant stack of luxury apartments on Edinburgh’s world-famous Royal Mile. Inside each one, the look is fresh and clean, with clusters of framed prints, comfy couches in muted colours, simple and stylish bathrooms with rainfall showers, plus contemporary kitchens with high-spec appliances. Some offer loft-style living, with open-plan spaces made up of zingy white walls bordered with dark painted girders, large windows and steps leading up to smart mezzanines. Some have their own terraces or balconies emphasising your locational luck and serving up astounding views over Edinburgh’s centre. You’ve arrived, and you’re ready to live like a (rather lucky) local.
74 apartments, including one, two and three-bed spaces, some fabulous penthouses and an opulent two-bedroom townhouse.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £157.50, including tax at 20 per cent.
Rates don’t include breakfast, but you can pre-book your full Scottish and other filling breakfast treats for £18 (adults) or £9 (children).
Two of the Deluxe Open Plan apartments overlooking the Royal Mile are accessible, with bathrooms fitted with emergency assistance cords and with space for wheelchair users.
At the hotel
24-hour free access to gym with treadmills, cross trainer, rowing machines and bikes, plus a rogue rig for strength building and two benches for weightlifting. You can also book personal training sessions, classes and a nutrition consultation for an additional fee. Dry cleaning and laundry services are available from Monday to Friday, with a same-day service if delivered before 9am to reception. 24-hour concierge and onsite boutique. In rooms: free WiFi, Smart TV, heating and lighting controls, Bose sound-system, in-room safe, kitchen with oven, dishwasher and fridge, washer/dryer, hairdryer, ironing board and iron, Nespresso coffee machine and pods, tea-making facilities, free bottled water, robe and slippers, Arran Aromatics toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
The one-bedroom penthouses would be our pick for a stay à deux, and there’s a swish three-bed version with a large kitchen area for hosting bigger groups. But for something extra special, seek out the two-bedroom townhouse – a sort of thespy, romantic older sibling to the Cheval apartments, with its exposed stonework and dramatic drapery. The decor explores more of a traditional, medieval vibe, with its huge stone fireplace and showstopping candlelit bathroom, but modern touches make sure your stay is nothing but comfortable.
Comfortable treads for city sightseeing, particularly for the picturesque, yet steep, trudge back up from New Town to Old.
Be sure to stop by the foyer boutique, with its globe lights and curving marble-topped counter, to browse locally produced chocolates, pre-mixed cocktails, toiletries and more.
Pets are welcome to holiday with you in your Edinburgh home from home. There’s a one-time cleaning fee on check-out: £50 for stays of one to six nights and £120 for stays of seven nights or more. You can borrow animal extras, such as dog beds and treats. See more pet-friendly hotels in Edinburgh.
Luckenbooths has a children’s menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Children of any age are welcome to stay.
Edinburgh Castle is pretty exciting for children from toddler age up to early teens – hear the daily gun fire, tour the atmospheric rooms and take the Castle Explorer Quiz. The Real Mary Kings Close, a set of underground spaces and streets that you can tour with an actor guide, is fascinating but probably best for children of seven and over, as is the Edinburgh Dungeon.
Children’s menus are available at every meal, with favourites like fish and chips, mac and cheese, and fruit salad for lunch and dinner, and a separate cooked breakfast menu with toasted muffins, sourdough and jam, pancakes, fruit bowls and more.
Bathrooms are stocked with large, refillable containers for toiletries, instead of single-use plastics. A smart heating and lighting system helps reduce energy waste across the building in areas that are not in use. This includes the apartments, meaning that if you’re not in, light and heat are automatically conserved. There’s a recycling programme for all paper, cardboard, cans and plastics on site.
On a fine day, a casual terrace table is where you’ll want to be, with its street views and people-watching opportunities. It’s first come, first served here though, so you’ll need to get in early to nab a space.
The stylish middleground between comfy and classy.
As a Cheval dweller, you’ll have your own private kitchen in your apartment, but you’ll also have Luckenbooths downstairs as backup for days when you don’t feel like reaching for the chopping board. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 7am to 11pm. Breakfast is served from 7 to 11.30 am, with everything from the full Scottish to avo toast, and you can also stop in for brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails. There’s room for 140 people inside, and there’s also a buzzing streetside terrace where you can enjoy tasty seasonal Scottish produce with that never-boring Olde Edinburgh view. At lunchtime, look forward to small plates such as whisky-glazed smoked salmon, or sandwiches such as haggis sub and lobster roll. For dinner, choose from filling dishes, such as haggis and swede pie, the Luckenbooths plant burger or Scottish ribeye. On Sundays, pre-book for the traditional roast beef lunch between midday and 5pm.
The inviting lounge with fireplace, cosy yellow armchairs and lofty ceilings strikes just the right note for a post-dinner whisky or pre-dinner flute of fizz. Alternatively, take a seat at one of the mid-century-style chairs in the bar/restaurant area.
Room service is not available, so you’ll have to slink down to Luckenbooths if you’ve hung up your chef’s hat for the night.
Cheval Old Town Chambers sits on the historic Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Edinburgh Airport is around half an hour’s drive away. Hotel transfers are available to book: £92 for up to two passengers, £103 for up to three passengers, and £111 for up to seven passengers (£12 parking fee included for each).
Edinburgh Waverley train station is just 300 metres away, about six minutes on foot.
There’s no car park on site, but you can unload luggage outside and get a 20 per cent discount on parking at the train station (£17.60 for 24 hours).
Worth getting out of bed for
Staying on the Royal Mile, you can’t help but be drawn first to Edinburgh Castle, a defining city landmark offering exhibitions about the building’s history plus audio guide tours to complete at your own pace. Hit the Grassmarket for quirky boutiques, Princes Street for high-street shopping and George Street for fancier finds. If preloved shopping’s your thing, head to West Port: you’ll find vintage clothing and accessories from the 1940s to the 1980s at Herman Brown and second-hand reading material at Armchair Books. A perfect day might be a morning admiring the outdoor sculptures and 20th-century surrealist works at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and an afternoon in the peace and beauty of the Royal Botanic Garden. In good weather, you can take a 25-minute bus trip to Leith for some waterfront food and drink or a nose around the Pitt Street food market (open Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday from midday). Scotland’s good to golfers, and the Edinburgh area doesn’t disappoint. Gullane, Muirfield, Archerfield and Dunbar golf courses are all within around 45 minutes’ drive.
Set in an old Victorian pump house and just a short walk from your swanky Cheval apartment, you’ll find The Devil’s Advocate, where you can start with crispy black haggis and mango and chilli chutney, followed by a smoked fish platter or haunch of venison. For a taste of Mexico without leaving the Old Town, check out El Cartel Roxburgh for its punchy cocktails and tacos, such as the Duck Carnitas with confit duck, jalapeños, pecan and cashew salsa, and roasted pineapple. For sweets, look no further than Mary’s Milk Bar for bafflingly delicious flavour combinations in gelato and chocolate form (think saffron and nutmeg or rosemary and orange).
It’s around a 15-minute trot from Cheval Old Town Chambers to Queen Street’s Panda & Sons, hidden behind a vintage barber shop facade and serving creative cocktails, such as the tantalising Red Panda (a mix of Tanqueray, tomato, sriracha, Guinness foam and more). On the same street you’ll find the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Kaleidoscope Bar, open to non-members and a great place to sample a few single malts as the evening draws in.
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Duck off the stately and ever-popular Royal Mile and into Cheval Old Town Chambers to discover a most enviable home away from home. A contemporary street scene hangs above the front desk, welcoming you into the high-ceilinged lobby lit by large pendant lights. Step across a floor of super-sized diamond tile past swathes of wood panelling to discover the split-level bar and restaurant, or turn into the elegant lounge, complete with armchairs inclined towards a roaring fire and tall windows hung with floor-to-ceiling drapes. The apartments themselves take a more modern perspective, with carefully teamed colours, simple shapes and contemporary kitchens, ready for you to move in and feel right at home. Outside, old Edinburgh awaits, from the castle sitting pretty on an extinct volcano to the underground network of passageways beneath your feet, where you can chase the ghosts of yesteryear.