As Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh offers a wide range of attractions and events. Whatever it is you like to do, Edinburgh will have something to cater for your needs and wishes – historical sights, culture, shopping, eating out, nightlife or natural beauty.
With so much going on, planning a trip can sometimes be very time-consuming so let our Guest Services make things easier for you. From advice on where to dine during your stay or what to see when you visit, our Guest Services will be on hand to provide valuable local knowledge as well as some tips for your onward journey.
Here are just some of the services we offer:
- Restaurant recommendations and reservations
- Book theatre, concert or opera tickets
- Organise a private dinner or meeting room
- Guided tours – in Edinburgh or to other parts of Scotland
- Guest dry cleaning and laundry services available
Simply contact us letting us know what you may require and we will be more than happy to arrange this for you.
We very much look forward to welcoming you at The Edinburgh Residence and ensuring your stay in Edinburgh is truly memorable.
Disabled ramp access from the car park to the lift is available, allowing entry to the hotel. Suite 1 has disabled lift access with a mezzanine level lift from the car park.
Please call and speak to a member of our team for further information on 0131 226 3380
The Edinburgh Residence hotel is conveniently located in the West End of Edinburgh city centre.
The Edinburgh Residence
7 Rothesay Terrace.
Tel: +44 (0) 131 226 3380
Traveling By Train
Edinburgh has two railway stations: Waverley and Haymarket. Waverley is the main station, situated on Princes Street – 1 1/2 miles away and is approximately 10 minutes by taxi to the hotel. Haymarket Station to the west of the city centre is 5 minutes by taxi a half a mile away.
Driving from the West and Airport
From the M8 Eastbound, take the A8 and after the airport to your left keep in the right lane, then under the underpass. Go straight on at major lights, keeping on this road for approximately 4 miles to a set of traffic lights with Haymarket railway station on the right. After these lights, turn second left at the next lights into Palmerston Place and then second right into Rothesay Place and the Edinburgh Residence is 100 metres ahead, facing you.
Driving from the North
Approach Edinburgh on the A90 from Forth Road Bridge and follow the signs for the City Centre along Queensferry Road. At the Holiday Inn Garden Court Hotel (on the right), take a the right fork on the Road. Continue straight on at roundabout through to the next set of traffic lights, and continue as the road bends right. Go over the Dean Bridge and at the next set of traffic lights turn right into Drumsheugh Gardens and right at the gardens. The Hotel is at the end on the right.
Driving from the South
The A1 will bring you right into Edinburgh’s City Centre. Drive along Queen Street continuing until the end, then bearing right down St Colme Street. Turn right after following the road Randolph Crescent onto Queensferry Street. Turn left onto Drumsheugh Gardens. Continue down this street until you reach Rothesay Terrace, where the hotel is located on the right.
A Fascinating History
The Edinburgh Residence buildings are part of Edinburgh’s history, dating back to 1872 when the building was originally designed and developed.
Rothesay Terrace, where The Edinburgh Residence is situated, has always been one of the most sought after places to live in Edinburgh. In days gone by, the grand old buildings of this impressive street were all family homes. Number 7 has a particularly impressive history, having been built in 1891 for the Lord Advocate of Scotland.
In the creation of The Edinburgh Residence, when the interiors of three original townhouses were converted and combined into one stunning property with 29 luxury apartments, every care was taken to restore the architectural features to their former Georgian splendour.
Rothesay Terrace was named after the royal title the Duke of Rothesay, given in Scotland to the reigning monarch’s elder son. (currently – Prince Charles). At the time the plan for streets were assembled, the title belonged to George Prince Regent, who later became King George IV
In 1808 Robert Brown made a plan for developing a large part of this land, with what is known as Melville Street to the main axis. This was and still can be referred to as the West End Development. Melville Street was at least partly built by 1825-6, the rest followed slowly – even by mid century, saturation point had been reached for this type of residential development – resulting in the Rothesay development being entrusted to the architectural firm of Peddie and Kinnear in 1872.
It was initially said that the Georgian houses looked grand but were not very well built and sometimes positively unsanitary. Eventually all of these design defects were ironed out so that the last houses, in which Rothesay Terrace belongs, avoided the worst excesses of the Georgians.
The significance of King George IV, after whom the Rothesay streets are named, was that his visit to Edinburgh in 1822 (masterminded by Sir Walter Scott acting as an early day public relations manager) ‘rehabilitated’ the Highlands. Only after the king’s visit was it no longer seen as savage, but romantic and mysterious. Sir Walter Scott persuaded everyone to dress up in Highland costume – including the king – and hence ushered in the romantic image of tartan and The Highlands. The king’s statue can be viewed at the George Street and Hanover Street crossroads.
Designed and developed in 1872 by the Peddie and Kinnear architects in the Walker Estate, numbers seven and eight were built in the early 1890’s. The builder for this project was John Watherson and Sons. It wasn’t until the latter part of the 1890’s that the remainder of the crescent was completed.
In 1891, the first person to occupy number seven became Mr. Andrew Graham Murray, who was an advocate. In 1892 he became a QC, Solicitor General for Scotland and a Minister of Parliament. He would later become Lord Advocate for Scotland. It is said he enjoyed shooting and cycling for recreation, as well as the great Scottish sport of golf.
The first occupier of No.9 Rothesay Terrace was James Pringle, born and educated in Leith. He would become the Managing Director of Thomas and James Bernard brewers in Edinburgh and a Director of the Thomas Bernard Company, Maltsers.
In the creation of The Edinburgh Residence every care has been taken to retain the highly welcoming atmosphere of a real home, bringing back to life the Georgian house on the quiet West End Terrace.
The Edinburgh Residence is a collection of 29 luxury town house suites offering all the advantages of a hotel, combined with all the advantages of self service accommodation.
The Edinburgh Residence is one of the finest luxury hotels in Scotland. With incomparable levels of space and luxury, you will enjoy an experience to remember.
Each luxurious spacious suite houses an Armoire containing a microwave, mini-bar fridge and preparation area, it is perfect for long term business and family stays.
Comprising of three beautiful architectural Georgian townhouses and situated in Edinburgh’s West End, close to both the city’s financial district and main shopping area, The Edinburgh Residence enjoys a peaceful yet central location only minutes walk from Edinburgh’s main tourist attractions.
Upon entering The Edinburgh Residence, you will be captivated by the majestic wood panelling and the sweeping staircases that feature through out this property. From your suite to the corridors and the Drawing Room, you will feel as if you have just stepped back in time into an original period home.
For your comfort, The Edinburgh Residence has a strict no smoking policy throughout the premises. All our suites are non-smoking.
Enjoy being as dependent or independent as you wish: relax with a continental or full Scottish breakfast in the comfort of your own suite; have the freedom to dine in your suite in the evening, enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room or utilise the in-room catering facilities provided.
The Edinburgh Residence is owned by HAPIMAG AG, which is a Swiss Company. HAPIMAG currently owns and operates a portfolio of 60 resorts and residences in 16 countries.