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Nira Caledonia is as boutique as boutique hotels get with just 28 rooms. Located in a set of townhouses on the cobbled streets, the 5-star hotel is super cosy and just a short walk away from Princes Street.

Each room is individually designed, we stayed in an Executive Room but for added romance go for the Jacuzzi suite. The rooms come with big beds, thick duvets, DVD players and everything else you’d expect from a 5-star, luxury hotel. Flat-screen TV? Check. Nespresso machine? Check. iPod docking station? Check.


Outside of the rooms the restaurant, Blackwood’s Bar and Grill serves up dishes made from mostly local ingredients; think Highland beef, Shetland mussels, Scottish Seabass and Stornoway black pudding.

The restaurant also serves big Scottish breakfasts – we’re talking the whole hog here, well haggis and it’s definitely the one place you can get away with it. If you are visiting the hotel on a weekend then check out the nearby farmers markets, full of fresh produce to take home.

For a cosy stay in the heart of the city the Nira Caledonia ticks all our boxes.

10 Gloucester Place; Edinburgh, EH3 6EF