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.
How to Get There
We loved the Merchiston Residence. It was a beautiful suite with all the amenities. Close to shops and with easy access to transportation into the city. It feels very luxurious but still very affordable.
Film-set pretty Edinburgh building, immaculate interior, boys 13 and 9 loved their cool mezzanine level bed. Peaceful, genteel city suburb location, ideal for a family. Ample on street parking. Check in and check out done remotely but flawless and easy to manage. Concierge team very responsive to queries prior to travel.
Lovely apartment in a great location. Clean and very well equipped with good quality appliances. Very comfy bed. Easy walk into city centre but also near bus stop and lovely cafes/restaurants. Excellent value too .