Style and comfort are two words that come to mind when I think about my stay at Old Town Chambers, located conveniently off of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. My preference when it comes to travel accommodations is somewhere in between hostels and the Presidential Suite at The Ritz. In other words, I’m all about affordable luxury and Old Town Chambers certainly falls into that category.
We were kindly offered a room for a Tuesday night in early March where their serviced apartments start at around 90 pounds a night. Taking into account the perfect location of Old Town Chambers, the quality of their rooms and amenities, friendly staff, and free wifi (most important, obviously), this is a great deal. Consider traveling with a friend, that way you can cut the cost in half and enjoy your time in Edinburgh even more! Let me just say right now that I thought our room was going to be one of their standard apartments with two twin beds. I was very, very wrong.
Gaia happily showed us to our apartment and on the walk there I heard the word penthouse being thrown around but I thought she was talking about what other rooms they offer at Old Town Chambers. She couldn’t possibly be talking about our room, right? Wrong. The first thing I noticed when we opened the door is a staircase which then led us to a two bedroom penthouse with incredible views of the city. They didn’t even know I was celebrating my birthday which obviously made this even more special!
Our penthouse (I still can’t get over saying that) could comfortably sleep up to six people. And when I say comfortably, I’m not messing around. The first bedroom has a queen sized bed and an ensuite bathroom. The master bedroom, which you will find out soon why it’s the master, has two twin beds that they will happily change upon request to one bed. The spacious living and dining room area has a comfortable, and very stylish green pull out couch which can also fit another two people. However, there were just two of us staying there that night so there was even more room. Life is so hard.
Since these are serviced apartments rather than normal hotel rooms, the amenities are top notch. The kitchen area had everything you could possibly need with a refrigerator, microwave, oven, dishwasher and much more. This is ideal for families and bigger groups looking to save money and have a nice meal in. Also, who wouldn’t want to stay in when you have a dining room and this view?!
I can only imagine how nice the living room is in the summer when you can open up the patio doors and sit outside. No surprise at all, it was still rather cold in early March but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the view outside. The master bedroom had its own balcony which I would argue had the even better view. See for yourself…
At one point I was standing outside soaking up our incredible views and I swear bagpipes started to play in the distance down by the train station. This was my first trip to Scotland and I’m not ashamed to admit that I almost cried in that moment. It was just too perfect. Okay, fine, I did cry. Just a few tears though because then it was time to leave for the pub and I had to pull myself together. Our pub visit didn’t last long however because I wasn’t about to leave Old Town Chambers without taking advantage of the amazing bathtub in my master bedroom!
This two bedroom penthouse at Old Town Chambers goes for somewhere between 300-450 pounds depending on when you’re visiting. This price actually surprised me. I’m from Los Angeles and I know for a fact that a room like this could easily go for $1,000 a night and you still wouldn’t get views like this. Realistically, I wouldn’t stay in a room like this everywhere I traveled but I do think it’s ideal for a large family or a group of friends looking to treat themselves for a weekend. Considering that it sleeps 6 and you can split the costs, this is affordable luxury at it’s finest.
Have you been traveled to Edinburgh before? Where did you stay? I’d love to know!
Happy Travels 🙂
*Note: I did receive a complimentary room at Old Town Chambers. Opinions are entirely my own. I would only ever recommend something that I actually enjoyed and support!