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21212, Edinburgh, Scotland
21212 provides a seamlessly indulgent experience in a quietly leafy yet central eastern New Town location. The four rooms tucked away up the elegant curving staircase of this classic Georgian townhouse are no afterthought, bringing the same playfully elegant style, consideration and wit Paul Kitching brings to the cooking in his restaurant. More like small suites than bedrooms, there are big, comfortable beds and indulgent bathrooms, comfy seating from which to consider the view and little treats to make you feel welcome. Of course, you have probably come here for a memorably delicious lunch or dinner, but the luxurious breakfast is no let-down either, and you're unlikely to miss the mini-bar when there's hot and cold drinks on demand.
We love being able to walk out on to Calton Hill for a 360-degree view of the city.
Close to Calton Hill and the Edinburgh Playhouse, the hotel is around a mile from the National Museum of Scotland and the Royal Mile.
By car: from Glasgow around 1 hour, from Newcastle around 2 hours 40 minutes and from Manchester just over 4 hours. A 24-hour multi-storey is a short walk away at Q-Park.
By train: from Glasgow Queens Street around 50 minutes, from Manchester Picadilly around 3 hours and from London Kings Cross around 4 hours 45 minutes. The hotel is a 13-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Dedicated (and potential) food lovers looking for more than just a room for the night should stay here. Eat breakfast in a luxurious pod watched over by a Caravaggio.
Service & Facilities
We love having a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea brought to us anytime, anywhere.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Award-winning restaurant
Front-facing rooms have views across the city, but those overlooking the long garden with Calton Hill beyond feel like they glimpse a secret Eden. The decanter of sloe gin waiting in the bedroom is just the thing to warm up a rainy day.
Facilities include: dedicated lounge area, ensuite bathroom, luxury toiletries, bathrobes, smart TV, free Wi-Fi, bluetooth speaker, tea and coffee facilities
Food & Drink
This is a restaurant with a sense of humour, where the signature pre-desert milk flows from a jug shaped like a cow. Kitching is a master of the unexpected, the sum of his 'beef & cabbage horseradish & vanilla' unimaginably more than those modest parts might imply.
21212: four AA Rosettes, Michelin star 2010-2019. Elegant, sumptuous, fine dining, Scottish food with a twist. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday (breakfast everyday for guests). Weekly changing menu - 3 courses from £50, 5 courses from £85.