The Michelin Guide, which lists the best places to stay and eat in Europe, recently suggested that Edinburgh has become the capital of Europe for boutique guesthouses. In order to qualify as a guesthouse a property must have a minimum of three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. The Georgian architecture and large townhouses in Scotland’s capital make it perfectly set up to take advantage of growing demand.
Guesthouse owners have put their new-found popularity down to consumers wanting to get away from impersonal corporate hotel chains. Mike Gordon, co-owner of a townhouse in Edinburgh, said there is a trend for people choosing non-corporate environments and that people want to feel as if they are staying in a house rather than a hotel.
Guesthouses are a luxury accommodation option: their sophisticated, homely style often means higher rates. Edinburgh’s many serviced apartments provide a great alternative. The variety of the serviced apartments Edinburgh has to offer means that guests are able to enjoy the indulgences and individuality provided by guesthouses, without the higher rates.
In 1995, the Medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town districts of Edinburgh were together listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of their unique character. SilverDoor currently has 824 apartments in Edinburgh, many of which are in unusual, characterful buildings.
Abercromby Apartments are housed within a renovated Georgian townhouse in the New Town. The two bedroom apartments are a ten minute walk from Princes Street (the city’s largest shopping street), Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. The apartments are elegantly furnished and have large picture windows that provide guests with beautiful views of the surrounding area.
In Edinburgh there are over 4,500 listed buildings; Rothesay Place is in a listed Victorian townhouse that is typical of the West End area. The spacious apartments have large living areas with contemporary furnishings, bedrooms with fitted wardrobes and plenty of drawer space, and fully equipped kitchens.
As well as being as spacious as a guest house, a serviced apartment in Edinburgh can be just as luxurious. Chester Apartments (pictured) are also located in the city’s West End and have bright living rooms with floor to ceiling windows. Each is individually styled and beautifully decorated to retain a period feel while offering modern and stylish furnishings throughout.
These are just a few of the properties SilverDoor offers in Edinburgh. For a look at our full range of Edinburgh serviced apartments have a browse or give us a call and we’ll match the perfect location to your plans for our visit.