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Market Street Hotel, Edinburgh
How anyone managed to squeeze a 98-room hotel into a tiny gap site beside Waverley Station is a mystery; producing something so modern but still sympathetic to its surroundings is nothing short of a miracle. This attractive sandstone and glass tower reflects the Old Town style, while the interiors are Scandaweigia comes to Old Reekie with acres of window and oak and high-end, often custom-made contemporary furnishings throughout. From the downright sexy, sleekly functional bedrooms to the fabulous eyrie of a rooftop bar/lounge, this is design chosen by someone who knows what's desirable and what works, better than most. The attention to detail, such as the freshly roasted coffee and milk frothers in the bedrooms, or the complimentary champagne on arrival, is a nice touch.
Zoom straight from the door to the seventh floor reception and on to the Nor'loft terrace, with the city unrolling at your feet.
The hotel is opposite Edinburgh Waverley station and other attractions like Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Edinburgh Castle and the National Museum of Scotland.
By car: from Glasgow around 1 hour, from Newcastle around 2 hours 40 minutes and from Manchester just over 4 hours. Parking can be arranged at Waverley station.
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. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Anyone who loves great contemporary design will enjoy a stay here. We love name-checking the designer and bespoke furnishings - you might want to bring a copy of 'Architectural Digest' with you.
Service & Facilities
We love sitting on the roof terrace watching a panoramic late summer sunset turn the city rose and gold.
24-hour front desk
- Free Wi-Fi
- Facilities for disabled guests
The elegantly effective sliding oak shutters are both beautiful and useful - Victorian art and design critic John Ruskin would approve. We love the 'Vista' rooms with their fanatastic views of the city.
Cozy, Vista, Roomy, Roomy-Bath, Alba Suite
Facilities include: rainfall shower, Votary bathroom products, bathrobe and slippers, locally roasted coffee, espresso maker, milk frother, bluetooth speakers, free Wi-Fi, smart TV, Chromecast and Apple TV
Food & Drink
Champagne on arrival, champagne for tea, champagne with breakfast, champagne all the time. Go for a flight of champagne with oysters and mignonette (followed by a bramble and cognac brownie).
Nor'Loft: relaxed, fun, rooftop setting, small plates, classic flavours, Scottish ingredients. 20 different champagne labels. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Small plates from £6.50, mains from £13.50.