What We Love
- Modern apartments in a period property near Edinburgh city centre, with late check-out
- The quiet residential location, within walking distance of boutique shops and cafes
- The clever use of space and design in apartment interiors
- The range of modern technology, including a huge TV
What To Know
- Apartments feel like homes-away-from-home with Egyptian cotton sheets, kitchenettes and washer/driers
- No on-site restaurant, but local pubs and eateries are steps away
- Located in a quiet, residential area, 20 minutes outside the city center
Enjoy a sojourn in an elegantly updated Victorian townhouse, on a quiet street that is one of the smartest addresses in town. Merchiston Residence offers you the chance to make like Edinburgh’s elite in a boutique high-spec apartment and explore the city’s myriad attractions that lie within walking distance. The residence is ranked in the top 10 of speciality Edinburgh lodgings on TripAdvisor and sport a Certificate of Excellence.
Behind the stylishly dressed entrance and typical stone façade lies an impressive balustraded winding staircase, spiralling upwards. The eight apartments – ranging from studio to two bedrooms – have a distinctly contemporary feel, in marked contrast to the classic exterior. They are designed and managed by Lateral City, specialists in high-end Edinburgh properties, whose mantra is ‘serviced apartments for living, not just sleeping’, a sentiment that is shared by many previous guests.
The apartments are all open-plan and kitted out in slick, contemporary fashion. Bespoke walnut panelling houses modern technology, large modern artworks hang on plain white walls and bathrooms have roomy walk-in showers. Beds lie snug in Egyptian cotton sheets, while the well-equipped kitchen has a washer/dryer, hob, microwave and more. There’s also a dining area and comfy sofa to kick back on after a packed day.
Recommended restaurants within a 10-minute walk include Peckham’s, with a great deli and luxury basement cafe, plus The Clay Oven for delicately spiced Indian cuisine, Levens (Edinburgh’s only Thai fusion restaurant) and The Merlin for upmarket pub grub. For a cheeky whisky nightcap, try the Canny Mans.
While the Merchiston itself is in a quiet, upmarket residential neighbourhood, after five minutes’ walk you’ll be in the affluent Bruntsfield area, with its eclectic range of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. The famed Princes Street, George Street and The Royal Mile are further on into the city centre, about 20 minutes’ walk away. Or you can catch a bus round the corner. The whole of Edinburgh has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a fabulous array of museums and galleries. City centre highlights include Surgeons Hall, the National Museum and National Galleries of Scotland and Museum of Childhood.
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This was a great place to stay, for a couple. We had a friend with us who didn't sleep so well on the sofa bed as they found the mattress too thin. Apart from that the apartment was sparkling clean, probably recently painted with everything a guest could need. Tea, coffee, milk, hand & body soap, hair dryer, good size TV with a good selection of DVD's which was easy to operate. I would highly recommend this apartment.
We stayed here for my daughters hen weekend . Very clean and everything you need , lovely area with some nice restaurants and only 20 minute walk into Edinburgh . Whilst there we had a problem with the heating but this was dealt with within an hour of reporting it ! Excellent service and would recommend staying here.
Very easy check in and out without having to speak to anyone. Very clean and spacious, with all amenities that we need. 1 minute walk to nearby Starbucks and Tesco Metro. Perfect if you are having a meeting at Napier University or an interview at George Watson’s College. All just a few minutes walk!!
The property is located in a beautiful part of Edinburgh with lots of shops and cafes around the corner! The accommodation is excellent and I would highly recommend it to anyone! we stayed with our 2 small children and we couldn't have asked for more
I booked this last minute on booking.com on a Sunday due to work requirements and the need to be close to the airport. I did not receive any pin to get in, made my way there and stood for 30 minutes trying to get in! I made it clear on the booking i was checking in at 4pm. A nice guy at the door let me into the building, but no one was answering the phone to help me, just kept ringing out. Eventually I got someone but this was just really inconvienent. You must check for late bookings! otherwise the apartment was great, had everything I needed with a tesco just along the road