Looking for a fantastic city stay with accommodation that will really blow your socks off? These 12 places to stay in Edinburgh and Glasgow will take the stress out of searching for some of the best accommodation on offer. Not only are these all rated at 4 or 5 stars, with some even holding a prestigious gold award for their outstanding attention to detail, each of them also offers something extra that makes a night or two quite exceptional.

Edinburgh city break

1. Prestonfield House Hotel

Prestonfield House Hotel exterior - sunnyPrestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh © Robert Pogson

A beautiful baroque building set in 20 acres of stunning grounds, Prestonfield House Hotel was originally built as the grand mansion of Edinburgh's Lord Provost and is now an opulent space for indulging on your trip to Edinburgh.

Features that you'll love:

  • Theatrical décor with rich colours, sumptuous fabrics and unique antiques.
  • Romantic dining in the Salon Priveé, a cosy space that is just perfect for two.
  • Relaxing in the richly decorated Tapestry drawing room, or Leather room that is lavishly panelled with leather from the 17th century.
  • Peacocks with their iridescent blue and green plumage roaming freely in the grounds and roosting in the trees.

2. The Balmoral Hotel

Balmoral Hotel with star flyerThe Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

Radiating elegant luxury, The Balmoral Hotel is a striking Victorian landmark situated at one of Edinburgh's most prestigious addresses - No. 1 Princes Street. An unmistakeable part of the city's skyline, The Balmoral has played host to screen icons such as Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor. No wonder that 'Balmoral' means 'majestic dwelling' in Gaelic!

Features that you'll love:

  • The Michelin star restaurant, Number One, conveniently situated within the hotel.
  • Spectacular views across Edinburgh's Princes Street, castle, and Calton Hill.
  • Champagne afternoon tea at the Palm Court, complete with a harpist.
  • A classic Scottish welcome from the kilted doormen.

3. The Witchery by the Castle

The Witchery bedroomThe Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh © The Witchery

Located high up the Royal Mile, just a stone's throw from Edinburgh Castle, The Witchery is one of Edinburgh's most renowned luxury restaurants with a small selection of exquisitely decorated suites that you can spend the night in too.

Features that you'll love:

  • The lavishly decorated gothic interiors.
  • Located in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town.
  • Exceptional dining in the most magical of settings.
  • Luxury roll top baths for two.

4. Pilrig House

Pilrig House bedroomPilrig House, Edinburgh © Inside Story Photography / Tracey Bloxham

Tucked away amidst the lush greenery of its own private gardens, this beautiful and historic town house boasts three stunning self-catering apartments - the Balfour Apartment, Park Apartment and Garden Apartment. A far cry from typical city centre accommodation, Pilrig House is a fascinating backdrop to any trip to Edinburgh with a history that includes literary and royal connections.

Features that you'll love:

  • Private gardens teeming with wildlife, right in the centre of historic Leith.
  • Fresh flowers, fudge and fruit bowl for you upon arrival.
  • A crystal decanter full of whisky.
  • A packed library. Look out for Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped for references to Pilrig House!

5. Old Town Chambers

Living area Old Town Chambers serviced apartmentsOld Town Chambers, Edinburgh © Lateral City Ltd

Located just off the world-famous Royal Mile, Old Town Chambers are exquisitely stylish serviced apartments that will be your home away from home during your stay in the city's historic Old Town. Forming part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Town Chambers consists of 50 five-star apartments ranging from studio to a 3 bedroom penthouse and 15th century townhouse.

Features that you'll love:

  • Stunning interiors with beautiful original features, hand crafted furniture, fully equipped kitchens and luxurious spaces.
  • Option to add a bespoke 'Breakfast in Bed' or 'Dine In' box from award-winning Valvona & Crolla.
  • 24 hour concierge.
  • Breathtaking views across the rooftops of Edinburgh and Princes Street Gardens; views that had been previously lost for over 200 years.

6. 94DR

94DR guesthouse, Edinburgh94DR guesthouse, Edinburgh © 94DR

If you're looking for some of the best panoramic views of Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat to the front, and private gardens and Pentland Hills at the back, 94DR is the place for you. This gorgeous Victorian townhouse, just south of the city centre, provides stunning and contemporary décor, as well as a whole host of luxurious extras.

Features that you'll love:

  • Breakfast made by the in-house chef, using mouth-watering local produce. Breakfast boxes can be booked for an in-room treat too.
  • Complimentary use of high-sport bikes to explore the city and surrounding hills.
  • Option to add additional services such as guided tours, in-room beauty treatments, theatre tickets or airport transfers.
  • Private dining or book the whole guesthouse for a unique house party.

Glasgow city break

1. Blythswood Square

Blythswood Square restaurantBlythswood Square, Glasgow © Principal Hayley / Starwood Capital Luxury Hotels

Built in the early 1800s as smart city town houses for wealthy Glasgow residents, the beautiful historic buildings that now make up Blythswood Square were the Royal Scottish Automobile Club headquarters before being renovated into this stylish and luxurious hotel.

Features that you'll love:

  • Original features such as marble floors, ornate ceilings and the magnificent sweeping staircase, all blended with chic design features and vibrant colours.
  • Guest parking - simply pull up at the front door and have your car parked for you!
  • The Rally Bar, named after The Monte Carlo Rally, which started out from Blythswood Square in 1955.
  • The Salon bar - rated as one of 'the best bars in the world'.

2. Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort

Mar Hall interiorMar Hall Hotel, Bishopton © Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort

Designed by Sir Robert Smirke, architect of the British Museum in London, construction of Mar Hall began in 1828 and took a whopping 17 years to complete. Now a luxurious golf and spa resort, the hotel boasts a range of gorgeously designed rooms as well as self-catering mansions to rent.

Features that you'll love:

  • The championship 18-hole Earl of Mar Golf Course, complete with professional tuition available.
  • The Gothic architecture set within 240 acres of grounds.
  • The stunning Cristal dining room.
  • Bespoke signature treatments, courtesy of multi award-winning spa brand, Decléor.

3. Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens

Bedroom at Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire GardensHotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow © Hotel du Vin

Formerly the smart town house of a wealthy Glasgow merchant, the iconic Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens, arguably one of Glasgow's most famous hotels, is now a sumptuous boutique hotel boasting many of its original Victorian features, including beautiful stained glass windows, oak panelling and roaring log fires.

Features that you'll love:

  • Set on a beautiful tree-lined Victorian street in Glasgow's vibrant West End.
  • Relaxing in the snug with a whisky tasting experience.
  • Exclusive wine tastings - 'take a pilgrimage around some of the world's finest vineyards without ever leaving the room'.
  • Fine dining with the freshest of local produce and exceptionally knowledgeable staff and Sommelier.

4. Sherbrooke Castle Hotel

Sherbrooke Castle Hotel, all rights reserved.Sherbrooke Castle Hotel, Glasgow © Sherbrooke Castle Hotel

Located just to the south of the city centre, Sherbrooke Castle Hotel has all the charms of a traditional baronial mansion plus the added bonus of being just a short drive, train ride or walk from Glasgow's vibrant city centre.

Features that you'll love:

  • The fairytale turrets and sweeping staircase.
  • Colourful stained glass windows and a stained glass ceiling.
  • Stunning architecture honed from classic Glasgow red sandstone.
  • Decadent afternoon teas, served daily in the Library.

5. Fraser Suites Glasgow

Fraser Suites Glasgow exteriorFraser Suites Glasgow © Fraser Suites

Set in a striking Scottish baronial style building, designed by JT Rochead (architect of the National Wallace Monument in Stirling) and built in 1855, Fraser Suites Glasgow offers luxury serviced accommodation in a historic setting, just a stone's throw from Glasgow city centre and the city's most upmarket stores and boutiques.

Features that you'll love:

  • Located in the heart of Glasgow's vibrant Merchant City with its plethora of award-winning bars, restaurants and vibrant nightlife.
  • A short 10 minute stroll from Central and Queen Street train stations and the city's renowned shopping Style Mile.
  • Access to Client Relations Executives for recommendations on the latest events and attractions in the city.

6. Muirholm Bed & Breakfast

Muirholm B&B bedMuirholm Bed & Breakfast, Paisley © Francesca Stewart

Located in the large historic town of Paisley, to the west of Glasgow, Muirholm Bed & Breakfast is set in a beautiful red sandstone Victorian villa, a mere 15 minutes by train from the centre of Glasgow, and is the perfect location for day trips to Ayrshire, Loch Lomond and Isles of Bute, Cumbrae and Arran.

Features that you'll love:

  • Original period features throughout - high ceilings, moulded cornices and brimming with antiques, all within modern and spacious accommodation.
  • Traditional, delicious breakfasts made using only the finest of Scottish produce, including locally sourced meats, Stornoway Black Pudding and homemade preserves.
  • Stunning private lounge for exclusive guests use.
  • Option to add personal touches for your arrival such as fresh flowers, fruit and chocolates.

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