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Hotel Bonham Hotel 4 star
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35 DRUMSHEUGH GARDENS Edinburgh, United Kingdom -
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The Georgian townhouses occupying The Bonham have come a long way since their days as student halls of residence. Located in the The Drumsheugh Gardens triangle at the heart of Edinburgh's New Town, The Bonham is an elegant property with contemporary flair. Despite housing an impressive 48 bedrooms, The Bonham has retained an intimate feel, and each room is unique. Many rooms feature large bay windows and lovely views over Edinburgh's rooftops and down to Leith bay. The hotel supports local artists and houses a permanent contemporary art collection, on display in common areas and bedrooms. It is touches like this that remind you of The Bonham's roots in Edinburgh, a city where it fits in well and a city in which it is a welcome addition.

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    Location 7.13 /10

    The hotel is located in a quiet residential area in Edinburgh's West End, a short walk away from Princes Street and many of Edinburgh's attractions. Haymarket station is only 10 minutes away, and there are plenty of buses departing from the nearby Princes Street and George Street. The direct airport bus route runs along Princes Street and past Haymarket Station, meaning transport to and from the airport is easy.

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    Rooms at The Bonham are of top quality, each beautifully and uniquely decorated with bold colours and sophisticated style. Occupying a historic building, rooms come in all shapes and sizes, and while some are on the small side, others are much more spacious with large bay windows and high ceilings. Even the hotel's smaller rooms felt bright and airy, with equal attention paid to every room regardless of size or price. A mixture of stripes, bold patterns, rich colours and luxurious textures makes the bedrooms stand out with elegance and flair. Bathrooms are unremarkable and tend to be on the small side, but clean nevertheless, and the complementary Molton Brown products are a bonus!

    Overview 7.45 /10

    The Bonham somehow pulls off an eclectic mix of original and contemporary features, set off with one-off artworks, quirky furnishings, oversized lamps and, most bizarrely of all, a giant sock-like light installation stretching the height of the immense three-storey, Victorian staircase. If one thing's certain, it's that the property is not afraid to strut its quirks and charms. Small enough to feel intimate, and large enough to lose yourself in the labyrinth of stairwells and corridors, The Bonham is a very popular choice due to its prime location and forward-thinking attitude. The hotel's lack of common space lets down the otherwise all-round triumph. Currently the lounge shares a space with reception, resulting in both ending up cramped and busy at peak times. However, plans to renovate one of the ground floor suites into a bar are highly anticipated.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The Bonham lays on an impressive breakfast spread, but it's the lunch and dinner menus that the hotel is particularly renowned for. French head chef Michel Bouyer has won two AA rosettes for his cooking, which is a reinterpretation of French classics, using locally sourced, seasonal Scottish produce. The popular Market Menu changes daily, reflecting the best produce available that day. Alternatively you can order a la carte or try out the Sample Menu. Food at The Bonham is reasonably priced and the restaurant boasts an impressive wine list and knowledgeable, friendly staff. The restaurant itself is striking and stylish but make sure to book a table in advance to avoid disappointment.

    To know

    The hotel's skin is constantly changing thanks to a permanent contemporary art collection, featuring the works of approximately 30 local 'up and coming' Scottish artists. Each piece blends with the unique feel of the Bonham, standing well with the magnificent old features of this Victorian building.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      horse riding, golf, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

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