“Gorgeous Georgian apartment-hotel with spacious and sumptuous interiors in Edinburgh’s West End”
The relaxed interior of our Club apartment was just the ticket for a night away from the kids; a warming palette of velvety olive, deep chocolate brown and chartreuse green coupled with plush carpets and striking lighting. We loved padding around in our thick robes, watching DVDs on our vast plasma TV and looking out over the city as evening fell.
- Stunning Georgian architecture: expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping spindled staircases
- Great kitchens for self catering, stocked with hi-tech appliances and nice dining tables. You're a short walk from excellent restaurants, too
- Powerful drench showers or deep baths to wallow in
- Fantastic staff - service is amazing
- A lovely, quiet location yet on the doorstep of Edinburgh’s vibrant city centre
- Prices displayed are a guide only and will depend on the date and availability; 2-bedroom apartments are often significantly more expensive than expected but remember they are for 4 people
- All Luxury 1- and 2-Bedroom Apartments are equal rate, equal spec and allocated on the day; if you'd like to guarantee a specific room type there is an additional charge (see Optional Extras)
- Bookings for busy times (Festival in August, New Year's Eve, rugby) and all bookings over £1,000 incur a non-refundable deposit of 25%
- Gadget overload: I thought the hallway security system was some kind of high-tech phone!
- No disabled access
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- Boutique Serviced Apartments
- 23 apartments for 2-4
- Self-catering, restaurants nearby
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Concierge Service
Stepping into the hallway of our Luxury 2-Bedroom Apartment (Club) felt like arriving home. We wandered into a spacious open-plan living room and the light streaming in through 3 enormous floor-to-ceiling windows made it seem even bigger. There was a sleek black leather L-shaped couch, a huge flatscreen Freeview TV and a selection of Harry Potter and Ian Rankin books. Steps led up to the galley kitchen, which was broad and long, and there was a dining table for 4. We especially liked the thick carpets and subtle modern palette of blacks and greys warmed by pops of aubergine and chartreuse in cushion, chairbacks and contemporary art by Jonathan Hood.
Tactile and tremendously comfortable, our bedroom had an oversized textured headboard and a pillow menu. Gadget wise, there was another flatscreen TV and a wardrobe which lit up when you opened the door! But the highlight for us was the invigorating rainfall shower in the ensuite bathroom. There were Molton & Brown toiletries, thick towelling robes, even straighteners.
If you're here on a romantic stay, book a Luxury 1-Bedroom Apartment - either a Classic, a Grand, or if you don’t mind the holding fee, choose a Penthouse for terrific views, a romantic eaved lounge and a TV at the end of your bathtub. Or opt for the VIP Suite for a hot tub and private cinema room! This room has furniture by Louis Vuitton.
Groups of 2-4 can choose from the Luxury 2-Bedroom Apartments, named Club or Mews. Design wise they are very similar, with 2 ensuite bedrooms (1 double, 1 double/twin), but the Mews lead onto a private garden so they are good for families.
- CD player
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- DVDs to borrow
- Extra beds
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Ipod dock
- Pillow menu
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
Sleek kitchens at The Chester Residence are brilliantly kitted out for self-catering. Graham and Gillian have thought of everything you could possibly need: top-of-the-range Siemens appliances, dishwashers, built-in ovens. There's a selection of teas and Nespresso capsules and your fridge is stocked with bottles of pure Scottish spring water.
Although we decided to order in a pizza, we clocked JosephJoseph chopping boards, a Dualit toaster, good knives and a decent selection of crockery and pans so whipping up meals would be a pleasure not a chore. The Mews apartments also have barbecues, great for summer stays.
If you don't want to cook, the 24-hour concierge service can suggest takeaway options or book restaurants. We like Kyloe for steak, Ondine for seafood, Tigerlily for afternoon tea, and celebrity-favourite The Witchery for a romantic evening - think Loch Creran oysters, traditional haggis and prime Borders beef. The Raconteur in Dean Street is a super-cool cocktail bar, and for special occasions book into 21212, a magical Michelin-starred restaurant, a taxi ride away.
Daily breakfasts are available via room service for an additional cost - artisan breads and pastries, granola with fruit, smoked salmon with cream cheese and bagels.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Walk along the Royal Mile to majestic Edinburgh Castle, where you can see the Crown Jewels and hear the famous one'o'clock gun. Holyrood Palace is at the other end of the mile
- Go shopping: Princes Street is good for high-street fashion; George Street and Multrees Walk are home to everything from Harvey Nichols to Space NK. For independent boutiques try Broughton Street, Victoria Street, William Street and Jeffrey Street
- We love spooky Mary King’s Close, an underground network of old streets that was boarded up in 1645 to try and contain the plague. The Edinburgh Dungeon is also good, or you can do ghost and ghoul walks of the city
- Stroll around The Scottish Gallery in the Georgian New Town where you’ll find works by contemporary artists like Peter Howson and exhibitions depicting The Scottish Colourists
- On sunny days, wander tranquil Dean Village, a green oasis on the Water of Leith
- Have afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols, or take part in the Scotch Whisky Experience, where you’ll experience a diverse selection of blends and malts
- Climb up Arthur’s Seat and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the city below
- Visit in August for the famous Edinburgh festival - a month of fabulous comedy, theatre and literary shows
- Back at your apartment, book an in-room treatment - facials, massages etc - then borrow a DVD from reception and chill out in your private lounge. Or if there are a group of you, why not book the cocktail masterclass with a qualified mixologist!
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
- Whisky Tasting
The Chester Residence is very family-friendly, and their attention to detail is impressive. They can provide protective covers for electrical sockets, there are Harry Potter books in each apartment, even teddy bears on request! The kitchens are useful for whipping up snacks and budget meals, and you can request picnic baskets for excursions. Chester can also put guests in touch with companies that hire baby equipment such as prams, baby gates, playpens etc.
Edinburgh is brilliant for children with ghoulish ghost tours, watery adventures, the zoo, historical sights, educational exhibitions, beautiful parks and beaches. There are heaps of family-friendly restaurants, too
Family friendly accommodation:
Baby cots and extra beds can be added to most apartments except 2 types of Luxury 1-Bedroom Apartment, Penthouses and Grand. We'd recommend the Luxury 2-Bedroom Apartments, Mews, which are on the ground floor with a private garden so there's lots of space for kids to run around. One bedroom is a double, the other can be twinned
- Mammas and Pappas cots, high chairs and bedding
- Baby toiletries
- Play pens
- Door gates
- Books and DVDs
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
- Full kitchens including microwaves
- Recommended family restaurants an easy walk away
Kids Activities on site:
- DVD library
- Nintendos and Playstation games
- Teddy bears and other toys
- Board games
Kids Activities nearby:
- Edinburgh Castle with its Crown Jewels - be there for one'o'clock when the gun goes off!
- Edinburgh Zoo
- New Museum of Scotland (pilot an airship then descend into a mummy's tomb!)
- Beaches - Seacliff, Portobello or Yellowcraigs
- The Dungeons and ghost and ghoul tours
- Swimming pools and soft play centres
- The Scottish Storytelling Centre
- Aquarium with tiger sharks, piranhas and the world's most poisonous frog!
- Airport: 15 minutes (Edinburgh)
- Shop: 5 minutes' walk
- Hospital: 10 minutes' drive