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The Chester Residence, Edinburgh
Edinburgh's West End crescents are long curving streets of Georgian houses built on a grand scale for men of wealth and substance. A group of five of these now form the Chester Residence, 28 contemporary suites that will send design mavens to fixture and furnishings heaven (spot the Louis Vuitton). Never believe anyone who tells you size doesn't matter; think of the baths they can get into some of those bathrooms, while terrifically well kitted-out kitchens may prompt spontaneous cookery demonstrations (except in the morning when you'll want to stay in bed awaiting your breakfast hamper).
We love the peace at the hotel, away from the crowds and the hoi-polloi, yet it is barely a ten-minute walk from the west end of Princes Street.
Edinburgh's art galleries, museums, shops, cafes and restaurants are a short walk away.
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 nearby.
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 25-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley station or a 10-minute taxi ride. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The Chester Residence suits anyone looking for high-end hotel style but wanting the space and freedom of self-catering. Sleek kitchens are equipped with all the best brands - everything you could possibly need to cook a gourmet meal.
Service & Facilities
We love the 'Romance Package': cupcakes from a local bakery, the turn-down feature (hoping you're not), bubbles in the bath and by the bottle, breakfast delivered… and a single red rose.
- Room service
- Family rooms
- Airport shuttle
- Laundry service
- Breakfast hampers
- Well-equipped private kitchen
The two bedroom mews apartments, both opening onto pretty, private courtyard gardens are perfect havens of peace, especially good for families. We love the two 50 inch televisions in the 'Owner's Suite' - because one is never enough, right?
Townhouse Classic, Townhouse Grand, Townhouse Club, Mews Apartments, Penthouse Apartments
Facilities include: large living area, king-sized bed, ensuite bathroom with rainfall shower, fully appointed kitchen, free Wi-Fi, TV
Food & Drink
We love the children's breakfasts, which feature either waffles or cereal, fruit skewers, juice, toast and Nutella.
Breakfast: a continental breakfast can be brought to your bedroom in the morning and there is a well-stocked selection of drinks in each apartment.