From the glittering, frosty castle to the snow-topped Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh looks magical in winter.
And if you fancy treating someone to a night in the capital as a Christmas gift, then how about this Big Deal for a stay in a gorgeous boutique hotel?
This offer from Rabble includes dinner for two in the hotel’s greenery filled restaurant, a glass of Prosecco each and a gourmet breakfast.
In other words, everything needed for a stylish winter escape.
Stay in a central boutique hotel
Part of the award-winning Montpeliers group, Rabble is a boutique hotel, grill restaurant and taphouse on Frederick Street in the heart of Edinburgh.
Downstairs you will find a chic and leafy dining spot and bar, while upstairs is a smart set of guest rooms, making this an ideal destination for eating and sleeping.
With this Big Deal, you can enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast and a two course dinner for two from the set menu, including a glass of Prosecco each..
This offer is based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. It is valid until the end of January, meaning it would make a cosy winter break
Smart, modern rooms
Rooms at Rabble are all about contemporary comforts.
Each one has an ultra-comfortable double bed, fully stocked Smeg fridge, Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso machine, plasma TV, GHD hair straighteners and hairdryers, luxury Rabble body products (created by Gazelli Skincare) and a desk. In other words, everything you need to kick back and relax.
In the morning, you can enjoy a breakfast selection that includes the Pig Out Eggs with toasted muffin and 12-hour cooked pulled pork, the scrambled egg wrap with candied bacon or pork sausage, and the pancake stack with hazelnuts & salted caramel sauce. Oh my.
Please note that there is no elevator in the hotel.
Dinner for two with fizz
With its stone walls, glass roof and frondy plants, the restaurant at Rabble has a lovely garden-esque feel.
But what about the cuisine? Well, the kitchen team pride themselves on ‘low and slow cooking.’ This means that carefully selected meat and seafood is cooked gradually over charcoal in Josper and Japanese Robata grills for extra flavour.
Dish selections can change, but here is a sample of what you can expect:
Freshly made soup with warm baked bread (v)
Crispy halloumi salad with chipotle mayonnaise & beetroot (v)
Sticky sesame wings with spring onion & sour cream
Salt cod croquettes with saffron tartare sauce
Orkney steak burger, toasted brioche, smoked cheddar rarebit, candied bacon, beer-braised onion & mustard seed relish, triple cooked chips
Chargrilled chicken & chorizo penne with tomato sauce
15 hour cooked half rack of pork ribs in Copper Dog & hickory BBQ sauce with apple root slaw & fries
Black lentil dahl, spinach & paneer nuggets, cumin flat bread & puffed rice (v)
Peanut butter & chocolate tart with milk ice cream
Sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream
Sugared churros with dark chocolate fondue
Scottish cheeseboard – Barwheys cheddar, Arran Blue, Clava brie & one guest cheese with beer-braised onion marmalade & oatcakes (£3.50 supp)
After your meal, you can unwind in the bar area which includes a shining wall of bottles and two gleaming copper tanks dispensing fresh, unpasteurised Staropramen. Bespoke G&Ts and a range of cocktails are also available.
Use of nearby leisure club
As an added perk, guests can enjoy a residents’ day pass of £10 per person for The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square leisure club, around a five-minute walk away.
This means you’ll have a chance to drift in the pool, work off some energy at the gym and take part in a fitness class. Complimentary towels are included.
See & do
Just off Princes Street, Rabble is about as central as you can get. Not only is it a ten-minute walk from Waverley station, it is also within easy walking distance of the Georgian House, the Scott Monument and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
As well as this, the boutique shops of George Street and Multrees Walk are also nearby, as are the Edinburgh Playhouse and Usher Hall.
In other words, this offer would be ideal for pairing with a night at the theatre, sightseeing trip or even a cheeky wee shopping spree.
Rabble has an impressive overall score of 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor, based on over 100 reviews. Here is some recent enthusiastic feedback:
‘A hidden gem. We’d been staying in hotels all over Scotland wondering if a comfortable bed was to be found. Then we stumbled across Rabble and to say it met our expectations is an understatement. The room is fantastic. Mini-bar, hair dryer, straightener, iron and board, coffee maker, wireless phone, internet, USB plugs for charging. The breakfast is freshly prepared to order from a menu. The shower was beautiful. The location is right in the middle of some of the best restaurants and pubs in Edinburgh. HIGHLY recommend.’
‘Visiting Edinburgh Fringe for the first-time, we wanted somewhere which was pretty central and comfortable and we weren’t disappointed. Rabble was extremely comfortable for a few nights, the beds are a very good size and the bathroom was lovely! Lovely atmosphere in the evening, had a few drinks and a lovely breakfast with plenty of choice in the morning. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay here again.’
‘Stayed a couple of nights over the Fringe weekend. We were a party of 4 staying in two rooms at Rabble hotel, we had a fantastic time both in the hotel and in Edinburgh. The hotel stay was fabulous, upon arriving we were met with a lovely friendly smile from Vicki (even though we were a little early we were made very welcome). The room was lovely with nice crisp bedding and a very comfortable mattress. We had a couple of drinks in the bar where the atmosphere was buzzing with happy people. We had breakfast there too, the waitress Sophie was adorable, so helpful and obliging, and the food was lovely, so nice we stayed the second morning which we hadn’t planned on. All in all a very friendly, welcoming, comfortable stay with lovely food, ooh and great cocktails. We will be booking again soon, we all loved it.’
Chic Christmas gift
A boutique hotel break is a great way to enjoy the capital in an intimate, stylish setting. And as far as Edinburgh locations go, it’s hard to beat Frederick Street.
So if you want to make someone feel totally spoiled this Christmas, then treat them to an overnight stay for two at Rabble