Dinosaurs usually stay in budget accommodation but my photographer was going on a hen party (no chickens were harmed, don’t worry!). I love Edinburgh, so I jumped in the handbag of doom to go and explore some of Scotland. I have briefly visited Edinburgh before when I was on my way to Shetland.
Located just off Princes Street on Lothian road, in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle. The hotel is away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist sites but in a great place for walking to most of the touristy places.
The hotel is on many of the bus routes and the tram stops a short 5 minute walk away. There are restaurants and bars surrounding the hotel if you aren’t wanting to walk far, or there is George Street a short distance away. The park and gardens are also within a stones throw from the hotel, a great place to enjoy the sunshine and escape the crowds. I was not expecting such a central location, the majority of 5* spa hotels in Edinburgh are on the outskirts of the city.
I stayed in a twin room on the third floor. The room itself was huge, with lots of storage, comfortable seating and the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. The fluffy pillows and thick duvet was like being hugged by a marshmallow, absolute perfection. I did try to steal a pillow but it didn’t fit in my backpack. I had everything I could have wanted in the room.
There were also cables to link a laptop to the television, perfect for a lazy night in. The view from the window wasn’t great, but being towards the back of the hotel meant a quiet room, perfect for relaxing. It is the first time I have slept in a hotel where the room was so quiet I slept the whole night through without being disturbed once.
I had my own personal spa in my room! The 6 foot long bath in the room was divine and to make it even better, it came with a surprise. The ceiling light changed colour making a spa bath. Each colour helps to make the body feel something different such as relaxed or invigorated. The bathroom doors confused me slightly, as the bath could be a part of the room or separated.
An indoor infinity pool is located on the fifth floor. It boasts some beautiful views of the pentland hills and Edinburgh Castle, perfect views to look at whilst floating around in the indoor infinity pool. The spa had towels, bath robes and flip flops (the most terrifying things to exist) free to use, so I didn’t have to worry about my backpack having a wet towel in it all day. The changing rooms have rain forest showers and some amazing toiletries to use. There are a range of hairdryers and straighteners as well. Sadly, I hadn’t enough time to try out the spa … Maybe next time I visit.
The sheraton has won awards for the breakfasti the past, now it also has a dinosaur seal of approval. The buffet had all I could have wanted for breakfast … And more. If that isn’t enough, there is also an a la carte breakfast menu. I ended up having a three course breakfast. I have never seen so many vegetarian/vegan options on a buffet.
There were so many juices, teas, coffees and smoothies to choose from, along with a make your own bloody Mary stand. Many types of granola were available, with a range of fresh fruit including cubed papaya, shaved coconut and Dragonfruit. Something I have been searching Europe for since I returned from Singapore. Hot food and Scottish delicacies are also available from haggis to rather delicious potato scones.
This hotel has thought of things I never thought I would want. From the sensible orange and ginger infused water by reception, to the stranger a TV volume control in the bathroom. I loved the different light settings in the room, especially the night light. The in room coffee and tea facilities is always a lovely thing to have, along with the extensively stocked mini bar complete with a draw of glasses to choose from.
If you are looking for a small slice of luxury when visiting Edinburgh, this hotel is perfect in every way. From the location to the amenities I wanted for nothing during my short stay. The hotel is very accessible and has it’s own car park. My only grumble is that I was unable to stay longer. From now on I think the Sheraton Grand might be my go to hotel when I visit Edinburgh.
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