I spent a night at the welcoming and cozy Dunstane Houses, a boutique hotel with rooms spread out between two buildings. One is the Dunstane House, where I stayed and the other, Hampton House is just across the street.
It’s a haven away from the busyness of the city center, yet still very accessible to get there by foot.
After taking a flight and landing at Edinburgh Airport, you could be at The Dunstane Houses in less than 20 minutes. If you’re like me and like to walk everywhere, you’ll have no problem getting around by foot. Just two blocks behind is a footpath that runs parallel to the Water of Leith.
I walked to Dean Village along the water in under 15 minutes. And it’d probably be about a 30 minute walk to Edinburgh Castle from the hotel.
I took an Uber from the Royal Mile area over to The Dunstane Houses. The driver didn’t know where the entrance was so I ended up having to walk around the corner (the hotel entrance faces the main road, W Coates). Walking up the steps and into the foyer felt like arriving into someone’s private home.
I was given a little tour around the hotel before settling into my room.
Upon entering the front doors is a staircase leading to the second floor. To the left and right are rooms and a little before the stairs to the left leads to the reception desk and restaurant.
I stayed in The Dunstane Suite on the second floor, a very spacious room overlooking the main entrance, the street and beyond to mountains.
The Dunstane Suite has a comfortable Vispring king-sized bed arranged with two large tweed throw pillows.
The suite has sufficient space to get work done. There’s a power outlet with USB ports so you don’t need to use an international converter to charge your phone. On the desk is also a Robert’s Revival radio, a classic 1950s design equipped with modern technology.
A custom-made armoire serves as closet space to hang your clothes. A minibar, ironing board, hairdryer, slippers and an umbrella can be found inside. There’s also an over the door hook on the main door, so you can hang your coats.
The bathroom is big enough to be a small room. The tiles and towel rack are heated so you won’t feel cold. Upon entering, I noticed how nice it smelled because of the reed diffuser. Against a corner of the bathroom is a rain shower head, enclosed with glass on one side.
Also, there’s just enough counter space by the sink and above the toilet from Fired Earth, which both look vintage, yet totally functional. And, I can’t get enough of those tiles!
Bath products from Noble Isle are found in the bathroom. (The Whisky & Water shower gel smells amazing.)
Right by the windows is a deep roll top copper bathtub. Next to it is a rolling bathroom cart is supplied with towels, bath products, and ample counter space.
Mini Bar/Coffee & Tea
The minibar, found in the armoire is stocked with regional alcoholic beverages and snacks.
On the table closest to the main door is a selection of tea from Tea Lovers’ Company and a jar of homemade shortbread, baked fresh daily.
This was the view from my room’s windows by the tub. Below was the entrance of the hotel and directly ahead was a view of a building that looked like a church (I later found is the Scottish Bible Society) and Hampton House, a set of 19 other rooms that make up the other half of The Dunstane Houses.
Around The Hotel
Cozy is the best word to describe the restaurant. Sitting inside feels like being in your own living room, except you don’t need to cook.
Food is available all day at The Dunstane Houses’ restaurant.
For my pre-flight breakfast, also served in the living room-esque restaurant, I chose a grilled Ayrshire back bacon and fried free range egg on an artisan morning roll. There’s also a spread of continental breakfast choices arranged on the bar.
I got to take a peak at the other suites, including The Ronaldsay Suite (top photos) and The Hoy Suite (bottom left), all named after places in Orkney, a group of islands in northern Scotland. I also got a peak of the parking lot filled with classic cars belonging to the owner of the hotel.
Afternoon tea is served daily at the restaurant from 12 pm to 5 pm for £24 per person (about $30 USD).
I had no problems with the WiFi connection. It’s fast and easy to connect to.
Social Media Aspect
The Dunstane Houses is on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Instagram and does a great job across all platforms. I appreciate hotels that gets it when it comes to social media. Follow them on Instagram for updates and beautiful images.
The Dunstane Houses is a beautiful hotel. You really can’t find any fault. Everything from the staff, location and design is well thought of, a perfect place to relax before heading home.
Room Rate: Check out The Dunstane Houses for room rates across both buildings and room categories.
The Dunstane Houses
4 West Coates
Edinburgh EH12 5JQ
Note: Thank you to The Dunstane Houses for hosting me. As always, all views and opinions are my own.