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Hotel Highlights

  • Huge apartments with chef-pleasing kitchens
  • Near food and frivolity in central New Town
  • Knowledgable staff intent on five-star service

Overview

Centrally located in Edinburgh’s West End, the handsome Georgian building that houses The Chester Residence hotel belies the sleek modern and spacious apartments inside. Done up in shades of grey and taupe and filled to the brim with all of the state-of-the-art gadgets you could possibly want, these suites also have well-equipped kitchens, so staying here really will feel like you have your own hip pad in Edinburgh.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Chester Residence with us:

A bottle of wine and, if you stay three nights or more, a luxury hamper

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

19 suites, six with two bedrooms.

Check–out

11am, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in from 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $172.54 (£108), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast.

Also

Chauffeured cars, personal shoppers and in-room beauty treatments beckon to be booked.

At the hotel

CDs and DVDs to borrow, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Molton Brown toiletries, flatscreen TV, integrated DVD/CD player, iPod dock, free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

The Penthouse Suite at 9 Rothesay Place is a romantic nook in the eaves with top-floor views across to the Firth of Forth. Grand Suite (room 8/3) invites you to entertain friends with its picture windows and enormous sitting room. Exuberant children are best unleashed in a Mews Suite, which has a private garden.

Packing tips

An apron and cookbook to help you whip up culinary romance in the kitchen.

Also

All kitchens feature an oven, hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. Transfer from/to the airport (£30 each way) or rail station (£15) can be booked.

Children

The apartment set-up and well-equipped kitchens are heaven-sent for families. Each suite can fit one extra bed (£55 a night) or a baby crib (free).

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The hotel only offers breakfast: a selection of fruit, pastries, breads and juices delivered to your apartment's door.

Hotel Bar

None, so get to know the contents of your minibar. Free tea and coffee is available in the lounge all day.

Last orders

10am for in-room breakfast, no last orders for drinks to your suite.

Room service

A selection of Continental breakfast goodies can be brought to your room, and guests can take their drinks from the bar to their apartment.

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Dress code

Home-from-home cosy – perhaps upgrading your pyjamas to chic loungewear, cocoon-like knits and cashmere shawls.

Top table

The dining table in your suite… or perhaps the sofa (no need to book).

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Find the shopping street to suit your style: Princes (trad), George (designer) or William (quirky/one-off). Play Google Earth from the top of the castle and try to spot the roof of your luxury townhouse, and earn culture points with a stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden on Inverneith Row or a saunter through the sculpture parks at the nearby Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Local restaurants

Book an artily presented three-course, two-bottle ‘Boozy Snoozy’ lunch (if only for the name) in the Bonham Hotel’s modern, pale wood and chocolate leather-chaired dining room (www.townhousecompany.com/thebonham). Try David Haetzman’s evening tasting menu for potted Scottish glories such as peat-smoked haddock stew and loch-fresh mussels at the Rutland Hotel. This sparsely spotlit modern restaurant has yellow leather chairs and light-catching strings of glass bubbles.
At Fishers in the City – a saffron-walled, wood-furnished restaurant on Thistle Street – seafood, game and poultry vie for your palate’s attention (+44 (0)131 225 5109; www.fishersbistros.co.uk).

Local bars

People-watch over pre-dinner mint juleps at Tempus Bar on boutique-flanked George Street (www.eh2tempus.co.uk). Or mosey further along the street and grab a booth amid the glitterballs at the glamorous Tigerlily hotel bar. 

Local cafés

Eteaket on Frederick Street serves more than 40 loose-leaf varieties in assorted granny-pleasing floral china with vintage cake stands of freshly baked treats. Try a spectacular ‘flowering tea’ – a hand-sewn tea bag that unfurls its petals in hot water (www.eteaket.co.uk).

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Serene-yet-central West End

The Chester Residence

9 Rothesay Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7SL, United Kingdom

Planes

With flights from other parts of the UK and across Europe, the nearest airport is Edinburgh, 15 minutes away in a car.

Trains

The closest station is Haymarket, a three-minute hop by car; taxis are readily available.

Automobiles

The hotel is in Edinburgh's West End. Parking is limited, and will set you back £25 a day. From Glasgow, you’ll need the M8; from southern parts, go for the A63.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Juliet Kinsman , On-the-go editor at Mr & Mrs Smith

What is it that makes Edinburgh cab drivers so jocular? (Listen, I cued you up for that ‘jock’ pun.) Seriously, every time I’ve visited the Scottish capital the cabbies are so darned friendly and chatty I wonder whether there’s something in the water. (In case you’re curious, a cursory Google of ‘in the Edinburgh water’ reveals only a mention of some icky …
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The Chester Residence

Anonymous review by Juliet Kinsman, On-the-go editor

What is it that makes Edinburgh cab drivers so jocular? (Listen, I cued you up for that ‘jock’ pun.) Seriously, every time I’ve visited the Scottish capital the cabbies are so darned friendly and chatty I wonder whether there’s something in the water. (In case you’re curious, a cursory Google of ‘in the Edinburgh water’ reveals only a mention of some icky multi-syllabic bacteria and the council denying its presence, so no, that’s not it. And don’t take on board that cryptosomethingdium drivel, it doesn’t exactly act as a mood-enhancer – and trust me, this city and hotel does nothing but deserve delight.) At risk of raining further on what should be a parade, our arrival at our chosen hip hotel is underwhelming: the cab drops us at a grand but non-descript Georgian building in the respectable West End. A quick phonecall later and we realise we’re at the wrong entrance.
 
A member of staff soon appears, speed-walking around the corner to steer us to Chester Residence’s main reception. Within moments she’s trumping our taxi when it comes to illuminating info: a graduate in history, she reveals the backstory to this distinguished part of town. ‘All the aristocrats used to live in the mediaeval area next to the castle but it was getting cramped and squalid and so a couple hundred years ago they decide to knock up this fancy new neighbourhood instead.’ I paraphrase, but you get the gist. We turn into Rothesay Place and an even grander row of grey-stone 19th-century townhouses curves before us. Mid terrace, we’re led into a proper entrance hall with sexy wallpaper and showy Seventies glass-link chandeliers. That’s more like it.
 
Basements aren’t the usual jewel in a bolthole’s crown but our two-bedder ‘Mews II’ reveals itself to be roomier than most long-term pieds à terre, let alone hotel suites. In fact, it’s a blooming Star of Africa when it comes to luxury pads. Two big khaki-cool ensuite bedrooms eyeballed and an extra tub-boasting bathroom later and we’re smitten; and we haven’t even bowled into the open-plan living space yet. Mushroom walls, slate flooring, stylish oil paintings and black and lime colour accents in top-dollar soft furnishings follow. Swoon again.

Checking out the fully fitted kitchen I clock a Dualit toaster, an Alessi toast rack, a Siemens this and a Miele that – we’re impressed. And beyond the fine cooking space lie a dining area and lounge big enough to film porn in let alone simply watch it on that big screen. My apologies here obviously – this is far too respectable a joint for such inappropriate low-rent references. And goodness knows you wouldn’t want anyone so unsavoury pawing those elegant heavy silk drapes and stylish textured woollen cushions.
 
If you’ll indulge me one more touch of smut though, there’s what can only be described as an orgy of audio-visuals. They’ve even thrown in a fully loaded iPod. I track down AC/DC and set about reviving teenage rock fantasies, aiming to crank up Back in Black to the max. Instead I successfully channel my granny. Which remote control to operate what speaker? It’s all too baffling despite having had a demo from kind receptionist. We resign ourselves to News 24 on the massive flatscreen while I root around for a pre-supper snack. It’s not just the modcons that are dazzling – it’s also the volume of other stock. Discovering a cupboard full of glasses I realise that next time I shouldn’t just bring a couple of pals, I should ask Chester’s management if I can host a full-on cocktail party during my stay.
 
Now, just to contextualise, I’m here with my American sister and her stepmother (actually our relationships via our Jackie Collins-novel-worthy family tree is a tad more complicated than that – but I’ve digressed enough). It’s their first trip to this unique history-steeped city and we’ve got 24 hours at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Mind you, we haven’t even sampled any of this colourful cultural calendar’s shenanigans and our chic accommodation has already provided these tourists with something to write home about it. A big-up to the Chester Residence has even hit dizzy Facebook-status heights thanks to free WiFi.

Over a sparkling water from the fridge, my step-Smith extols some choice guidebook revelations: ‘Did you know the Scots invented the first rotative steam engine?’ No. ‘And the first bicycle.’ Uh-uh. ‘And in fact they created the first telephone, TV, continuous electric light, radar, penicillin and antiseptic… and let’s not forget Dolly the cloned sheep. So remind me why the Scottish capital isn’t up there with DC and Tokyo on the World Summit circuit?’ she asks. (Sorry to any Scottish nationalists who would assure her it is.) ‘This country clearly kicks ass,’ suggests my American cohort.
 
Maps in hand, umbrellas and sunhats clutched (‘schizophrenic’ is an understatement when it comes to the weather), we head towards the Royal Mile, a mere 15 minutes’ walk away. One glimpse of that ancient castle on its outcrop and my LA and NY companions are bowled over. ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet,’ I assure them. Around every corner is another incredible spire or mediaeval skyline. Unsurprisingly, a stroll through Princes Gardens is punctuated with pausing to take snapshots every few metres. As captivating as it is to while away an evening ogling street performers – the good (kilted chap climbing an unsupported ladder mid-air – now, that’s magic), the bad (jugglers, I just don’t care how many balls you have in the air at once) and the downright ugly (Lycra-clad quinquagenarians waving flames to techno – pah – at least make it look like they’re a fire hazard) – we were perfectly content to get back to Chester Residence.
 
In a city full of so many great eateries, the option of self-catering might seem a drag. But not in our Mews apartment. We’re delighted to forgo dining out in order to enjoy more time in our home from home. (Although I wish my own nest had Jo Malone unguents on tap and such amazing rainhead showers.) Breakfast is a dream. Having what you want, exactly how you like it – free-range eggs, organic bread and fresh fruit, all at your fingertips – but with the five-star treat of someone else cleaning up after you. I confess I butter my toast straight on the counter sending crumbs everywhere, just because I can.
 
I won’t bore you with the minutiae of our festival itinerary, but just to say even when this city’s not in season, you have to plan how best to use your time. Titians in the National Gallery demand a look-in; scallops, oysters and tempura’d salmon beg to be gorged at legendary Fishers in Leith’s port. (It’s always fun playing ‘guess the accent’ here with American visitors; our Polish waitress has them bamboozled with her Scots-laced Slavic tones.) And don’t you dare forget to have a tot or two of single malt along the way. Whether you want to risk diluting your dram straight from the tap is between you and the water board…

The Guestbook

Reviews of The Chester Residence from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved everything.

Don’t expect

I would've liked more crockery and cutlery so didn't have to keep washing it up – no tea towel seemed to be provided.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooms were vast, and the hotel is in a quiet spot about a five-minute walk from Princes Street. The staff was very helpful, and the Saturday night drink and nibbles were a nice touch. Rooms were well equipped – I could have happily stayed here for a month.

Don’t expect

The hotel doesn't have a lift so bear that in mind if you have an issue with stairs. I think there are better located hotels (although they will be noisy) if you want to be near the Royal Mile.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It was great to have a huge apartment rather than just a single room. Service was friendly but unobtrusive.

Don’t expect

It seemed a little away from the centre of events.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It's an easy walk to the west end of Princes Street. There are plenty of local places to eat and drink. The staff were excellent and the apartment was serviced every day.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on Yes, perfect for children as plenty of space and self contained. Very comfortable and quiet too.

We loved

The space and size of the apartment, its modern interiors, the location, the self-contained kitchen with the convenience of a concierge and the fact that it was serviced daily were the main draws for me.

Don’t expect

Some of the furnishings were a bit a bit battered and needed some replacements, such as the dining table which had lots of marks on it. The shower in the main bathroom was prone to flooding.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked having lots of space, the quality of service, having proper coffee and milk, being able to open the windows, comfortable beds and good bedlinen, all v. clean.

Don’t expect

I would like more towels please. The ground-floor flat that we stayed in had a little bit of a goldfish-bowl feel about it as people on the street can (and do!) look in.

Rating: 7/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is my favourite hotel in Edinburgh. It has enormous apartments with all mod cons. The staff is friendly and attentive.

Don’t expect

The hotel was full over the weekend, and the bar staff was a bit overwhelmed by the demand. They did cope with it and were very apologetic for any delays.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We loved everything about the hotel and its Georgian architecture. Didn't see any of the other apartments but ours was fantastic - a real 'WOW' - huge lounge with beautiful high ceilings sporting decorative cornices and mouldings, large windows with original shutters. The remaining decor being very contemporary and immaculately clean, it was just so lovely and spacious. We stayed over the New Year and on New Years Eve and were entertained by a piper playing in the entrance porch below - we could hear this from our apartment - it added a superb ambiance to our New Year celebrations. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We loved every minute of our stay and would very much like to return.

Don’t expect

I can't think of anything - it is a perfect place to stay.

Rating: 10/10 stars