“Gorgeous Georgian apartment-hotel with spacious and sumptuous interiors in Edinburgh’s West End”
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.
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.
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
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
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking