By Gemma Ireland.
Braid Hills Hotel is part of the Best Western and Speciality Hotels Group, and remains an authentic Edinburgh landmark. Built in 1897, its antique character is presented through distinctive corner towers, stained glass windows and original ceiling cornicing.
The structure is almost reminiscent of a castle from the outside, with its cylindrical, pointed spire viewable as guests pull up to its spacious grounds. Stunning garden scenery is on hand for those who fancy a ramble, allowing guests to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
Free parking is available on site, with the town centre situated a few minutes away. I visited the hotel for one night on July 8. I recall being taken aback by the sublime setting surrounding the hotel, which had maintained an aged appearance. The hotel certainly ticked the box for someone travelling on business, with 69 uniquely designed bedrooms providing the ideal area to quietly work.
Upon entry, I noticed a modern theme, with contemporary style furniture and décor that strongly juxtaposed its old exterior. The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming, even offering to carry my luggage after check in. A huge queen-sized four-posted bed greeted me. There was a touch of elegance to the room. It was modern, yet still housed some of its original charm.
Room sizes vary, with a Wee Classic, which is ideal for solo travellers, the Classic Double/Twin, for a cosy retreat, a Family Room, suited to larger groups, and a Deluxe/Premium Deluxe, which I had the pleasure of staying in. The view from the window was utterly breathtaking and captured some real photo- worthy snaps. The bathroom was fresh and clean, with both bath and shower. I was shocked to see a TV in there too, which invited ultimate relaxation.
The complementary shortbread was a lovely touch, as the region is famous for it. I was also lucky enough to experience a sit down meal at the hotel’s deluxe restaurant ‘Allermuir,’ ordering hand cut chips cooked to perfection, and a generous slice of steak pie, crammed with plenty of meat.
A Christmas Brochure is available to view on the hotel’s website. To make a reservation call 0131 447 888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Braid Hills Hotel and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend or return.