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!