The capital has a certain cool appeal in the winter. The streets are a little less thronged and the architecture can seem even more impressive and romantic with a light dusting of snowflakes.
A short Edinburgh break is a great option in the first months of a new year. Particularly when you are staying in a luxury boutique hotel right in the heart of the city.
Today’s Big Deal offers exactly that, with an overnight stay in the chic Scotsman Hotel and a three-course lunch included as part of the deal.
The Scotsman building, constructed in the ornate English Baroque style, dates from the Edwardian era and spent most of its life as the HQ of the Scotsman newspaper.
The inky presses and cynical hacks have been shifted elsewhere, replaced by a stylish contemporary hotel that retains the more graceful elements of the old building, including ornate cornices, an impressive marble staircase and wood panelling.
The Scotsman hotel is just a few steps from Princes Street and makes the ideal base for a short shopping or culture break in the capital.
Comfort and style
The Big Deal offers an overnight stay for two people in a Classic Deluxe double or twin room, full Scottish breakfast, a three-course lunch from the set menu and a late check-out.
In addition, guests can make full use of the hotel’s extensive spa facilities. Treatments are not included but can be added.
Classic Deluxe rooms feature Egyptian cotton bed linen, a mini-bar and thoughtful extra touches such as Gilchrist & Soames luxury bathroom toiletries and an Edinburgh Monopoly Board game.
Hotel facilities include a modern spa with a fully-equipped 60-station gym, a sauna, steam room and a distinctive stainless steel swimming pool. It’s the perfect place for an early morning workout or a relaxing dip after a long day exploring Edinburgh.
Lunch in style
The offer includes the opportunity to enjoy a three-course lunch in the elegant, panelled surroundings of the North Bridge Brasserie.
Cuisine makes extensive use of seasonal local produce and the finest Scottish ingredients.
Menus change according to seasonal availability but sample dishes might include a starter of Scottish salmon ballotine, fennel panna cotta and pickled cucumber, a main of crispy fried chicken, asparagus and mozzarella risotto and pesto, and a dessert of poached pear,
flapjack and thyme sorbet.
The Scotsman Hotel has plenty of positive feedback on TripAdvisor. Recent reviews include the following:
‘The staff were fantastic so helpful, the food was brilliant and had no complaints, the room was beautiful too!’
‘We loved it here! Fabulous room, in a fabulous hotel. We’re definitely going to stay there again. The staff are lovely and extremely helpful. Would definitely recommend it. It’s right in the centre, perfect to get to the city!’
Festive gift idea
Edinburgh is an attractive and cosmopolitan destination for a relaxing winter city break. Today’s Big Deal puts you right in the heart of the action with a luxurious base at the Scotsman Hotel.
It would make a perfect festive gift, with the promise of a comfortable getaway in the new year, after the exertions of the festive season.