During Festival seasonÂ in Edinburgh, sleeping in anÂ Airbnb is probably your best value as hotel rates can skyrocket. That’s what weÂ did for most of my stay. But for ourÂ last night, weÂ opted for a boutique hotel in the city: Â Angel’s Share Hotel. And it was heaven.
Each room is named after a notable Scot. Some may beÂ unfamiliar to folks outside the UKÂ (some were unfamiliar to me), but it’s a fun concept. Plus it will make you do a bit of research to determine what your room’s namesake is famous for.
We were in the Paul Brannigan room (look up the film The Angel’s Share, a delight)Â â€” a spacious double with a large bathroom. Stylish furnishings, a very comfortable King bed, an actual towel warmer (not a facsimile), a reasonably priced minibar with free bottled water, and as you’ll see from the shot at the beginning of this post, a very large photo of Mr. Brannigan himself, looking over the bed. Oh, those eyes.
But I almost forgot to mention one of my favorite things in the room: THE TEA TRAY!!! This was probably the best tea and coffee tray I’ve ever encountered in a hotel. There was coffee, tea, real creamers (no stinking powder), and Tunnock’sÂ teacakes. I wish I had it in front of me right this instant.
The food and gorgeous bar are exceptionalÂ too. The public areas carry over the Scottish personalities photo theme. There are chandeliers everywhere adding to the luxurious feel of the place.
The Angel’s Share is a terrific small hotel, kitted outÂ expertly with a fine staff. I wish I had booked for a longer stay, but there’s alwaysÂ future trips.Â And time to decide which Scot to sleep with next.
That’s nice. Sooo, should I go?Â Yes.Â Unless youÂ think eyes in photos constantly follow you.
I’m smitten.Â TellÂ meÂ more.Â “The Angel’s Share” refers toÂ the portionÂ of whiskyÂ which evaporates from casks during the agingÂ process.
LocationÂ 9-11 Hope Street, Edinburgh, UK. Just around the corner from Princes Street.
CostÂ $252, including VAT for a Standard Double, but we got upgraded to a Deluxe Double. ThisÂ was during the Festival, so their regular rates are lower.
Tip If you are headed out to the airport as I was, the airport tram is a short walk away.