“A luxurious small hotel in a grand Victorian villa, hued in rich, deep colours, and set in peaceful Haymarket”
But for many people, it's the smaller details that benchmark an endearing, homey place to stay, and The Dunstane House has them all. Homemade shortbread and fudge, coffee machines plus good teas and wines in the 16 rooms, underfloor heating in the bathrooms, classy tweed key rings, and a poem on your pillow after the nightly turndown service.
- A friendly welcome, and warm, helpful staff
- Beautiful decor and character in the rooms, along with fabulous showers and Fired Earth copper bathtubs
- The specialist whisky and gin bar
- Modern Scottish classics in the restaurant: oak-smoked kippers, hand-dived Orkney scallops and haggis bon bons
- The airport bus stops right outside
- It’s a 20-min walk or 10-minute bus ride to the centre of town
- No other bars or restaurants in the immediate area
- No twin rooms
- The rooms in sister property Hampton House are not so stylish; hence this review concentrates on the rooms at The Dunstane House itself
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar open daily
- Allowed but not ideal
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
In serene, earthy colours, the 16 rooms are sumptuously comfortable, with Loaf sofas to sink into, pale Scottish tweed, peacock wallpaper, huge upholstered headboards on kingsize beds, and soft carpet underfoot. Spacious bathrooms house good walk-in showers, Noble Isle toiletries and Moroccan-meets-Victorian-caustic-style tiling.
This is a place where the suites are totally worth the extra outlay; they’re huge, with free-standing copper bathtubs from Fired Earth. We had The Dunstane Suite, a wonderful first-floor room, with rolltop bath in the bay and large bathroom, but the other suites are equally good. Also recommended are the Luxury King Doubles, with views from the bed to the grandiose multi-turreted 19th-century Donaldson’s school. In one there's a seating nook with more views, armchairs and a telescope. The Luxury Wee Doubles may be small, but they also have plenty of charm, character and comfort.
When The Dunstane House is fully booked, you can book a room in Hampton House across the road; note these rooms are of a different standard and price point.
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Satellite TV
The restaurant is sitting-room comfortable, and breakfast is served here (or in your room if you prefer). Besides the buffet of fresh pastries and yoghurts, you can choose from a Scottish cooked breakfast, porridge with various toppings, eggs Benedict and more. Our pancakes were served with a tangy berry sauce, accompanied by French-press style coffee.
For lunch or dinner, there’s a pleasingly straightforward menu of modern Scottish classics, served as small or large plates. Haggis bon bons, Orkney smoked salmon linguine, and Scrabster haddock goujons. The Ba'Bar's drinks list is more complex, with a great range of local gins, and an incredible range of whiskeys. The extremely knowledgable waiter, when we asked, delivered a fascinating lecture about Scotch and how it became his passion, and when I ask to try something especially obscure, he brings me a very niche (and nice) Glenfiddich finished in IPA craft beer casks.
- Coffee / tea making
- Room service
- You're a 10-minute bus ride from the centre of Edinburgh, with its many monuments, museums and shops. Don't miss the Royal Mile and the Castle
- We loved Mary King's Close, a warren of 17thC streets frozen in time below the Royal Mile (book in advance). Similarly eerie are the Dungeons
- Sweep away the cobwebs with a walk up to Arthur's Seat, perched atop an extinct volcano, with magnificent views over the city
- You're close to Murryfields Stadium for a match or a gig
- Edinburgh Zoo is also near
- The hotel can arrange a number of quirky tours, such as trips around the countryside in vintage cars
- Cosy up at the hotel bar and taste local whiskies and gins
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Whisky Tasting
- Wine tasting
Cots, high chairs and folding beds are available, as well as kids' meals, but this place feels much better suited to couples and friends than families.
Babies (0-1 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
The Suites can each fit a baby cot or rollaway bed
Baby cots and high chairs
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The Dunstane House is in the Haymarket area of central Edinburgh, just outside the West End.
Fly into Edinburgh Airport (9km) then take the airport bus, which stops outside the hotel, or a taxi. Or hire a car; the hotel has a private car park.
Edinburgh’s Haymarket station is 10 minutes' walk from the hotel.
Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.
More on getting to the UK and getting around
- Edinburgh 9.0 km EDI
- Beach 6.0 km
- Shops 0.5 km
- Restaurant 0.5 km