The Rutland Hotel

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The Rutland Hotel

****

Be king of the castle and stay at the Rutland Hotel, which overlooks the city’s citadel and boasts a plum location, bold decor and majestic wining and dining. This boutique hotel’s listed building sits pretty on Edinburgh’s arterial Princes Street, with the city’s best shops, sights, eateries and drinkeries on your doorstep. 

Highlights:

  • Location, location, location: castle, shops and hilltops

    Big and bold boutique bedrooms

    The hotel’s restaurant and bar

Smith extra

A cocktail each, of your choice

In the know

Also need to know:

Smoking and pets are not allowed.Feeling frisky? Find your quirky do-not-disturb sign and turn it to the ‘cock-a-doodle-don’t’ side. Much like its hometown, the hotel has a few subterranean secrets – the underground private dining room is a beautiful low-lit space with Rennie Mackintosh-aping lights and a cosy sitting area. If you're staying in an apartment, keep your eyes peeled for irreverent touches: we love the paintings of dogs dressed in full military regalia.

Packing tips:

Mrs Smiths, leave your tress-tamers at home, all rooms are kitted out with GHD straighteners. Bring a chunky scarf to combat the windy city’s Gulf Stream breeze.

Dress code:

It’s a relaxed dining den, so you’ll feel equally at home in fancy frock and crisp shirt or casual comfy cool.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Three weeks before our hotel stay, at the start of August, we arrived to contribute our comedy show to the Edinburgh Festival. A month-long run of sketches and stand-up on the Fringe is so tiring you feel wiped out (getting the audience in, a daily performance, dozens of friends’ shows to see), so by the final weekend, we’re ready to weep and/or die. Not quite yet though – Mr Smith has one final stand-up gig, a very important one. There will be agents, big promoters and even a scout from HBO. Let’s hope he doesn’t screw it up. He screws it up. He goes blank in front of 150 people. The cupboa

Accommodation details

Address:

The Rutland Hotel, 1-3 Rutland Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AE, United Kingdom
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Location:

0.8 mi / 1.3 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

Tuck into Aberdeen Angus steak supplied by some of Scotland's top farms and butchers at the Kyloe Restaurant & Grill (the name is an old Scots word for Highland cattle). As well as prime beef and the freshest of seasonal produce, Kyloe also serves up spectacular views of Edingburgh Castle.

Top table:

Rally the troops and assemble by the window, around a huge circular table in the curved front of the building. A centrally hung black desk lamp will light up the castle views; come Hogmanay, these tables are prime dining real estate.

Last orders:

The restaurant is open from 11.30am–5.30pm for lunch and 5.30pm–10pm for dinner (10.30pm Fri and Sat). The bar serves up fruity and fabulous tipples from 8am until 1am and for the early birds, breakfast is served from 8am–11am.

Room service:

Room service is available 7am–10pm, with options taken from the restaurant menu.

Hotel bar:

The Huxley – gastropub-style bar is equally suited to work (exploit the wireless facilities) or pleasure. Pull up some cow-hide-covered swivel chairs with friends, spot the flatscreen TVs disguised by gilt frames and watch the locals coming and going; set a prize for the first person to spy Ian Rankin, a Rutland regular. The Heads & Tales bar is a discreet underground vault ( a short stroll from the main entrance) which doubles as the Edinburgh Gin distillery by day. Get cosy in a brick-walled private booth; or take a seat in their theatre by vintage gin stills named Flora and Caledonia to learn about the libation's botanicals (talks are held four-to-five times a day). The bartender will hand out tasters or shake up a bespoke – gin-heavy – cocktail if you ask nicely, and the menu has locally sourced nibbles, including smoked sea trout, pork scratchings and a selection of Scottish cheeses. 

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