Take your pick from the serviced apartments springing up all over the capital.
Lateral City Apartments has been blazing a trail in quality serviced apartments in the capital since 1996, opening The Edinburgh Grand in a former bank headquarters in St Andrew Square last year. It’s an imposing 1940s building with 50 apartments of varying sizes, including a superb open-plan Director’s Suite (pictured below). However, the cream of the crop is the penthouse suite (main image), which has unparalleled views over the city. Sleeping six, it has a huge rooftop terrace which is perfect for a party. Other rooms retain original features such as wood panelling, but where it hasn’t been possible to save elements of the building, these have been painstakingly recreated, such as the bathroom tiles, which grace many of the en suite bathrooms. Speaking of bathrooms, many of the rooms have baths as well as showers, so if that’s your thing, be sure to ask when booking. Most rooms have Bose sound systems, Nespresso machines, and you can borrow a GHD hair straightener if you’ve forgotten yours. Complimentary bikes are available to guests who want to tour the city this way.
The Edinburgh Grand also houses The Register Club – a chic cocktail bar, with an adjoining games room. On the ground floor you can find Hawksmoor, serving quality steaks, and Lady Libertine, where you can have a glass of wine or a coffee.
Situated on the three floors above Mono Restaurant on Edinburgh’s bustling South Bridge, there is a choice of one or two bedroomed apartments here. The two bedroomed flats can also accommodate an additional two people on a sofa bed in the sitting room. Stylish and compact, the kitchens have everything you could need, including a decent sized freezer compartment. There is no oven, but there is a microwave. Electric sockets have USB ports and the smart TVs have the all important Netflix and Amazon apps, where you can sign in on your own account. The bathrooms are gorgeous, with black taps, a floor standing stone sink and Bee Kind soap products. A nice touch is a heated mirror so it won’t steam up. There is no lift, as is common in Old Town buildings, but the views of Arthur’s Seat from the third floor apartments are worth the climb!
Situated in Thistle Street, in a former university office, this turreted Victorian sandstone building has some quirky features that will appeal to many visitors. There is a manned reception area (up until 11pm), but beyond that you can always get in touch with a member of the team. There’s a range of accommodation, from studios and one or two bedroomed apartments. The living spaces all vary, but are generally spacious and with either views across the Firth of Forth to Fife or to Thistle Street. All have complimentary Wi-Fi and Freeview TV. The kitchens are well appointed, with electric ovens and hobs, microwave, dishwasher and washing machines. On arrival, there’s a handy starter pack, with bread, milk and other bits and pieces. Location is everything, and with George Street just a stone’s throw away, you don’t have too far to stagger back with the shopping bags.
Situated in a historic seaman’s mission on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, there are now 146 units here, ranging from one bed studios to three bed apartments. All have kitchen facilities, including a hob, microwave, kettle and dishwasher, while there is a laundry in the basement along with a compact gym. It’s the perfect base for a family group who want space, or a solo business traveller who is on a long-term contract in the capital. The rooms are well finished, with funky details and ingenious space-saving elements, such as the foldaway bed in some of the apartments. There is a relaxed public area for lounging after a hard day exploring the city, a small shop
if you’ve run out of essentials and a breakfast zone for those who need a kick start in the morning. See our in-depth review here.
With three locations in Edinburgh – Haymarket, West Tollcross and Holyrood – you’re spoiled for choice with these serviced apartments. Facilities vary, so check the website, but some newer properties have smart TVs, with others having Freeview and DVD players. All apartments have parking however, which is worth its weight in gold in the capital. Kitchens are fully stocked with all the utensils you need to create a culinary masterpiece, but you are never far away from a decent restaurant at any of the locations.