Cheval Old Town Chambers, Edinburgh, Scotland
Forget boxy, characterless, serviced city-apartments; these big and stylish one- to three-bedroom affairs are luxury hotel standard from the swish marble-topped reception and courteous staff to the generous bathroom accessories and Bose sound systems. Tucked off the Royal Mile in a warren of closes, they combine the architectural individuality of the city's tall, dark-stone tenement buildings with light and spacious interiors, topped up with hi-tech features.
Expect big bathrooms, fully-fitted kitchens, a choice of studio to three-bedroom sizes, decent work and relaxing space - and city views in many. There's a (separately managed) restaurant, or deliveries can be whisked to your room. Plenty of space for families and dogs, and a 24-hour gym.
Your expert reviewer
Skip the touristy shops of the Royal Mile and explore the quirky independent places - JJ Mellis cheese and W Armstrong vintage clothing - on nearby Victoria Street and Lawnmarket.
Tucked behind the bustling Royal Mile in the heart of 'Old Town', opposite St. Giles' Cathedral and five minutes' walk from Edinburgh Castle.
By plane: flights from London to Edinburgh take 1 hour 25 mins; from Bristol and Birmingham take 1 hour 15 mins. The apartments are 35 minutes' drive from the airport. skycanner.com
By car: drive from Carlisle in 2 hours 30 minutes and Leeds in 4 hours 20 minutes. Paid public parking is available nearby for £17.60 per day.
By train: reach Edinburgh Waverley from London in 4 hours 30 mins, and from Bristol in 5 hours 45 mins. thetrainline.com.
Style & Character
Perfect for anyone (including families and friends) who wants a luxury hotel feel and its trappings but with the independence of apartment-living. You might get lost in the quirky lay-out, but there are helpful maps and you'll never feel like you're in a big block of identikit rooms.
Service & Facilities
If there's a problem or a question, contact Reception through a dedicated app and someone will help.
Dogs are made to feel like VIPs with bed, blanket, bowl, toys and treats plus suggested walks to give to their owners
- 24hr Concierge
- Pet friendly
- Free Wi-Fi
The penthouses have balconies with views to the Scott Monument and the Firth of Forth, but the one-bedroom lofts have romance with their open beams and mezzanine bedrooms. The design is well thought-through so that even the smallest open-plan studios have space for a sofa, desk, washer-drier and fully-fitted kitchen.
Open Plan, One Bedroom, Two Bedroom, The Townhouse,
Three Bedroom, Penthouse
Facilities include: fully equipped kitchen, living area, hairdryer, toiletries, TV, safe, iron & ironing board, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
There's an extensive list of Scottish-distilled gins. Breakfast is more like brunch with a staggering choice from grilled lobster crumpets and shakshuka spiced eggs to beetroot-glazed smoked salmon as well as a full Scottish and a sumptuous granola bowl. Guests receive welcome hampers and the concierge will unpack grocery deliveries in your appartment.
Luckenbooths: ground floor bar and restaurant. Breakfasts include the full Scottish and avocado and eggs on toast. Mains celebrate seasonal Scottish flavours including haggis and swede pie and cullen skink. Open daily 7am - 11pm. Mains from £12.
Rooms available from £270 per night
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