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Hotel The Howard Hotel 5 star
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Located on one of Edinburgh's chic Georgian streets, The Howard is a discreet hotel whose five stars are well-deserved! If modest on the outside, the small but perfectly formed boutique hotel shows its true colours on the other side of the threshold. Elegant marble columns and gold gilded mirrors stand out against a classically Scottish décor. Boasting beautiful period features, cosy common spaces and an optional personal butler service, The Howard is the only five star establishment of its type in Edinburgh.

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      The Howard   -   © Alexis Bidegain/ Easypresse

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    Location 9.83 /10

    Occupying three terraced houses on a beautiful Georgian street, The Howard is located at the heart of Edinburgh's New Town. Although the hotel is a little further off the beaten track than the majority of Edinburgh's five-star establishments, all major attractions are within walking distance. The hotel's off-centre location means that it's able to offer free parking to guests, which is rare in Edinburgh! You can walk to the city's main shopping area (Princes Street and George Street) in 10 minutes, Waverly station in 15 and the Old Town in 20 minutes. The Howard is a 20 minute drive from the airport, and the direct airport bus stops on Princes Street.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The hotel's 18 rooms (including three street-access suites in the basement with private access to the property's back garden) are named after Edinburgh streets and areas. Divided into the following four categories: Luxury Bedrooms, Superior Rooms, Junior Suites and Terraced Suites, the hotel prides itself on the fact that all rooms have their own quirks and charms. Rooms are furnished traditionally with rich fabrics and a colour palette inspired by Scotland itself, but unfortunately some feel slightly dated and washed out. Featuring a crimson four-poster against a dramatic slate grey wall, the red room was our favourite. We were also especially impressed by the grand, spacious bathrooms, and the fresh flower displays which are standard in suites.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    Chic, charming and adorably Scottish, The Howard is one of Edinburgh's star finds. Left of reception find the stunning drawing room: grand sweeping curtains with regal wallpaper and a large fireplace, as well as a sprinkling of cosy, antique furniture. The hotel offers a magnificent spread of afternoon tea, which is popular with locals as well as guests. Guests are also invited to enjoy the garden, at the rear of the hotel, although rumour has it that the space is soon to occupy a luxury serviced apartment.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The Atholl serves up modern British cuisine in a formal dining room on the ground floor. In keeping with the intimate feel of the hotel, the restaurant only seats 14 at a time, meaning diners can enjoy a peaceful meal. If the restaurant's all booked up, lunch and dinner can be served in the comfort of your room.

    To know

    On arrival, each guest is assigned a personal 'butler' who will do everything from unpacking your bags and polishing your shoes to 'organising your social itinerary' and serving dinner in your room or breakfast in bed. The hotel's 24 hour butler service is a special touch that really sets this one apart from the others.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Animals allowed

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