“Georgian architecture meets 21st-century glamour at this bovine-themed hotel and steakhouse in the throbbing heart of Edinburgh’s West End”
Relaxed glamour is the catchphrase in the hotel’s 12 rooms and 1 apartment. Bright velvets (perhaps blood red or turquoise blue), tulip-patterned wallpapers, flocked cushions, crystal chandeliers and under-bed lighting combine to create plush, bold interiors. Several feature tall leather headboards and iconic Mies van der Rohe ‘Barcelona’ chairs, while amber-coloured Room 5 has a Baroque look, with an ornate French bed and luxuriously heavy curtains.
All rooms have generous beds - mostly super-kingsize - with goosedown duvets and Egyptian cotton linen. They’re also kitted out with gadgetry, including wall-mounted flat-screen TVs with surround sound, WiFi, and iPod docks by the bedside. Other nice touches include umbrellas, novels by Edinburgh-born Ian Rankin, GHD hair straighteners, tea- and coffee-making facilities, a mini-fridge with fresh milk, and homemade muffins on arrival. Bathrooms are a mix of shower only or a Jacuzzi tub with an overhead shower, and toiletries are Arran Aromatics.
If views are a priority, choose one of the Castle View Doubles (Rooms 5 and 11), which, as their name suggests, have lovely views of Edinburgh’s historic castle. You’ll also catch a limited view of the castle from Room 6, a Junior Suite with sage wallpaper, a boxed-in bed and a Jacuzzi bath, while on a clear day you can see across the Firth of Forth from Executive Room 4, a deep red affair.
For those needing more space - perhaps families, 2 couples or groups of friends - there’s a 2-bedroom serviced apartment which can sleep (at a push) 4 adults, 2 children and a baby. It has a fully equipped kitchen so you can self-cater if you wish, plus a lounge and a top-notch bathroom with a walk-in rainfall shower and a separate tub.
Breakfast (not included in the room price) is served at your table in the ground-floor bar. It’s a simple but tasty affair, using high-quality local meat and fish. I enjoyed the ham and spinach eggs Benedict, which has become justifiably famous in Edinburgh food circles. Also on offer are Loch Fyne kippers, bacon butties and the Full Scottish (with black pudding, haggis and a potato scone).
Come evening, the bar serves a range of wine and beers, as well as seasonal cocktails shaken up in front of your eyes by skilled mixologists. It’s also open during the day for coffee, salads, sandwiches and burgers.
For lunch and dinner, the hotel’s Kyloe Restaurant & Grill - named after the Scots word for Highland cattle and bedecked with cowhide, leather booths and rustic barrel lights - is a good bet. Carnivores can get their teeth into pedigree Aberdeen Angus beef that’s been aged for a minimum of 21 days, and the fish and shellfish offerings are excellent too. I had a delicious sea bream ceviche with chilli, pink grapefruit and a salad of fennel, pomegranate and coriander. Salmon and vegetarian pasta options usually feature on the menu, too.
If you fancy heading out you’re spoiled for choice. For Michelin-starred fine dining try the cooking of Tom Kitchin or Martin Wishart. Both have eponymous restaurants in Leith on Edinburgh’s eastern side, plus more informal bistro-style eateries (Castle Terrace and The Honours respectively) within a few minutes’ walk of The Rutland. Ondine is the place for fresh and sustainable fish, while Earthy’s has wholesome and affordable fare in its 2 shops-cum-cafés.
Given its glitz and glamour, The Rutland is surprisingly family-friendly. Children of all ages are welcome, and baby cots (free) and extra beds for those under 16 (charged for) can be added to all rooms except the Standard Doubles and Castle View Doubles. Babysitting can be arranged on request, and there's a children's menu in the restaurant. Note that the bar area is open to adults only in the evening.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The apartment has plenty of space, with 2 double bedrooms and a sofabed; it can sleep up to 4 adults, 2 children and a baby. It also has a full kitchen where you can self-cater if you wish. Also useful for families are Rooms 1 (a Junior Suite) and 2 (a Standard Double), which can interconnect.
Available on request.
There's a kids' menu in the restaurant.