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Edinburgh might be small, but the city center is home to a huge number of accommodations, spanning from Old World to modern day. And unless it’s festival season, it’s easy to find a room. Here are five places to check out:
1. The Witchery. Once a decrepit 16th century building on the Royal Mile, today’s Witchery is a decadent boutique hotel that sets the standard in obscene extravagance. With dramatic themed suites like Inner Sanctum, the Armoury and Old Rectory, you can expect Baroque four-poster beds, lavish wood paneling and theatrical drapes. The Witchery also happens to have one of the city’s best restaurants.
2. Hotel Missoni. Owned by Italian fashion brand Missoni, every detail in this high-fashion retreat is intricately designed. Look out for the doormen’s Missoni kilts and vibrant bedroom interiors.
3. The George Hotel. Probably the best mid-range hotel option in Edinburgh, The George is located in the heart of bustling George Street and comes with colorful ornate interiors.
4. The Bonham. An understated Victorian townhouse on the outside but a psychotropic canvas of color within — The Bonham is one of the city’s most surprising accommodations. Expect thick purple carpets, pretty wood-paneling, fine works of art and even the odd Edwardian copper bathtub.
5. The Balmoral. Having originally opened in 1902, The Balmoral is one of Edinburgh’s most luxurious and well-known hotels. Though its steeped in history, the hotel is entirely modern, featuring a top spa, 188 contemporary rooms and suites, and a prime location across from Edinburgh Castle.