Showing off a notable collection of Scottish contemporary art, this small, smart bar is a distinctive presence on an elegant Edinburgh terrace.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
‘Our idea of a bar but not a "hotel bar”’ is how 24 Royal Terrace describe RT’s, and you do wonder if the stylish 16-bedroom hotel doth protest too much. Then again, this is a notable and distinctive spot in which to enjoy a drink, whether resident or not. An elevated cobble-way on Calton Hill where tall, elegant Georgian townhouses command tree-filtered views over north Edinburgh and Fife, the street itself has cachet. The street level bar first provides a flash of dynamic colour with its yellow, mauve and electric blue upholstery, before the eye is quickly drawn to the commanding presence of numerous works of 20th-century Scottish art. There are big Bellanies, two or three Howsons, a colourful Cunningham and pieces by John Bratty and Craigie Aitchison. Elsewhere in the hotel further examples of owner Alan Campbell’s art collection, including examples of Australian Aborigine art, are hung, with a book available to peruse in the bar that offers a detailed guide to each piece. The drinks list is confident and distinctive itself, with Innis & Gunn toasted IPA on a tap, two dozen cocktails, wines and a notable collection of whiskies curated by Greg Dillon of greatdrams.com. Coffees, speciality teas and hot chocolates are also served, but no food other than nibbles.
- High point: Drinks in a mini-gallery of Scottish contemporary art
- Low point: Just drinks, and few decent eating choices immediately nearby
What do you do when you run out of space for your collection of contemporary art? Why, you buy the most beautiful Georgian townhouse, modernise it and turn it into a stunning boutique hotel.
That’s exactly how 24 Royal Terrace came in to being, so now guests can enjoy luxurious accommodation with that added touch of an ever changing art collection.
Our sixteen rooms, each delicately restored with a multi-million pound refurb, have been beautifully furnished and equipped to ensure both utmost comfort and functionality. Everything about 24 Royal Terrace is meticulous in its attention to detail, from the curated art to the specially sourced House Champagne to the unique whisky collection; come and enjoy it with us.
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- Provides: Free wi-fi
- Open since: 2015