On the first Wednesday of the month, I’ll be posting a hotel that’s caught my eye on the interwebs. This month… Old Town Chambers in Edinburgh.
I’m slightly ashamed to say I’ve never visited Scotland. I’ve flown halfway around the world and back for various holidays, but I’ve never made it over the border to bonny Scotland. I’m so busy heading south to chase the sun that I never really thought about venturing north instead.
Until I came across the Old Town Chambers. And more specifically, the Old Town Chambers townhouse.
The Old Town Chambers is a collection of snazzy self-catering apartments right in the heart of Edinburgh, just off the Royal Mile. There are one, two and three-bedroom apartments, studios and a posh penthouse with to-die-for views, but the one that immediately caught my eye was the dark, moody, Gothic-looking townhouse.
It’s set in what’s thought to be Edinburgh’s oldest townhouse, once owned by a wealthy merchant, so it’s got history oozing from every brick. It dates back to the 15th century… even the fireplaces are 500-odd years old! It’s not all old-school, though – you’ve still got wifi, smart TVs, a Bose sound system and a Nespresso machine (you know, the essentials).
The furniture has all been sourced from local companies, too, which is a nice touch.
I can just see myself coming in from a chilly day’s sightseeing (yes, I know Scotland’s not always cold, but still) and sinking into a hot bath with a glass of red wine.
The exposed stone walls, the roll-top baths, the vaulted ceilings, the open fireplaces – it’s just the perfect place to hole up for the weekend. I’m sure Edinburgh has many things to see and do, but I reckon I’d struggle to even get out the door if I was staying here!