Where To Stay In Edinburgh: A 15th Century Townhouse


I’m doing something I’ve never done before on this blog. I’m reviewing a hotel I’ve already reviewed before! I know, I know, it’s strange, but stick with me. If you’ve been reading my blog for two years (wow 2014 was two years ago?!) then you might remember my post about Old Town Chambers in Edinburgh.

To summarize, Old Town Chambers are five-star serviced apartments in the center of Edinburgh, offering a wonderful mix of modern amenities inside historical surroundings. I was blown away by their beautifully styled rooms and stunning views of Edinburgh. Although these are five star apartments, you can find great prices throughout the year for well under 200 pounds. Old Town Chambers is affordable luxury at its finest.


But why on earth am I talking about this place again? Two words: The Townhouse. Dating back to the 15th century (!!!), this gorgeous townhouse opened last year and I was oh-so-lucky to be invited back to stay in it for one night. I don’t think you’re ready for how cool this place is. I know I wasn’t.


Tucked away off of the Royal Mile, Old Town Chambers is quite literally a hidden gem. If you’ve never been to Edinburgh before, the Royal Mile is the main street of the Old Town and the place you want to be to explore! It starts at Edinburgh Castle at one end and leads you all the way down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse which explains why it’s called the ROYAL Mile!


The entrance to the townhouse can be found through one of the most famous, medieval closes in Edinburgh – Advocate’s Close. If any of you are scratching your heads, a “close’ is another word for an alleyway. It’s a very dramatic entrance and really sets the mood for the epicness you’re about to walk into. Dun dun dun….




You enter the townhouse at ground level, turn a corner, and walk inside the huge master bedroom with an impressive vaulted ceiling. It’s the most luxurious, cave-like, medieval room I’ve ever been in. My favorite part of this room is the opulent tub in the corner, complete with full-size Cowshed products and a rubber ducky. There is also a full bathroom with a shower across the hallway if you need more privacy!



The townhouse is spread over three floors and you’ll find my favorite room on the second floor… the main bathroom. A bathroom is usually not my favorite room when I stay in hotels or apartments, but this is not a normal bathroom. The main bathroom in the townhouse is straight out of a fairytale and occupies the entire second floor. I honestly felt like I was staying in a castle but with all modern amenities and, thankfully, indoor plumbing. The best of both worlds!



All of this and we haven’t even seen the third floor yet?! Be still, my heart. I made my way up a historic staircase to an open plan living, kitchen, and dining area. You’ll also find the second bedroom on this floor! It’s one of the most beautiful spaces I’ve ever had the pleasure to stay in and it’s almost overwhelming at first. There’s just so much to take in. There are gorgeous features such as the high ceilings with exposed wooden beams, and two GIANT original fireplaces and stone walls which date back to the 1400’s. Incredible… and probably haunted. But I’m assuming all of the ghosts are extremely friendly because I had a very peaceful sleep 😉





The townhouse is 130 square meters (or 1,400 square feet) and spread over three floors. There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, dining room and living room. Other special amenities include free wifi, Bose sound system, washer, dryer, and so much more.


If you plan ahead, the Townhouse starts as low as 406 pounds a night! Think about how amazing that is for a second. I’m honestly not trying to make a sales pitch, this was just one of the things I was most impressed by! Other five star hotels in the area charge around the same price (or more) for a standard room. The value at Old Town Chambers is so high. In my opinion, it’s the perfect place to stay for special occasions, families, or anyone wanting to soak up the history of Edinburgh!

Have you visited Edinburgh before? Would you splurge on a place like this? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy travels!

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  1. Debra Schroeder says:

    I was in Edinburgh in February and walked down Advocates Close admiring all those doors. And to think that this adorable townhouse was behind one of them. Definitely an option the next time I’m in Edinburgh.

  2. Vanessa says:

    Thank you for reviewing this place! I know that on my next visit to Edinburgh I will definitely be looking to stay here. Loving the free standing bathtub and obviously the fact that the townhouse dates back to the 15th century <3

  3. Bryanna says:

    I want to stay here!! How cool that it dates back to the 15th century! I love history and this looks and sounds like it would be a magical experience. Oh that bathroom – love it! Can I come stay for a month :).

  4. Christina says:

    I love finding out about new hotels and this one looks fabulous…so atmospheric and very Edinburgh! It’s in the right spot too. I’m definitely staying here next time I visit Edinburgh.

  5. Drew says:

    That is simply incredible. How amazing is that?! Even though it’s £400/nt, it still offers value when you factor in size, location, and the historical details through the townhouse. Plus, you can sit back and relax with breakfast in your own kitchen, rather than heading downstairs to a lobby each morning. Definitely one of the nicest accommodations I’ve seen in Edinburgh, that’s for sure!

  6. Natalia says:

    Very nice interiors that spread luxury in every item. Rooms also have a royal historical touch! Thank you for sharing your experience.

  7. Jenn and Ed Coleman says:

    I went to Edinburgh as a kid traveling with my mum on business (some kind of chicken plucking affair). We stayed at the Hydro hotel in Peebles and it was quite the experience. Venison for diner and stables on the grounds (they don’t seem to be there anymore). Despite my discomfort with English saddles (A saddle horn is a great idea), the ride through the Scottish countryside was breathtaking. Part of what made this trip unforgettable was the choice of accommodations. Your find of the townhouse looks like it would offer its own special rewards. It looks like a very quaint place and much closer to city center than the bus ride into town.

  8. Kenny says:

    Thanks for the recommendations and I have seen quite a lot of stylish boutique hotels in the center of Edinburgh; It would be a great experience! – knycxjourneying.com

  9. Jenna says:

    Wow–what a cool place!! I can’t believe how large it is with three floors. And, I agree–the bathroom looks pretty amazing! I love the design and attention to detail as well 🙂 Glad you got to return to check out the new townhouse!

  10. melody pittman says:

    I’ve visited Edinburgh and we just stayed at a chain hotel,no charm or anything special. This looks like a gorgeous place. I love the pink bedroom and the bathroom is interesting as well. I would have visited a second time, too.

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