Arriving simply days after the top of the Edinburgh Fringe, and with the brand new faculty time period properly underway, you’d be excused for pondering that Scotland’s capital metropolis can be having fun with some downtime after a summer season of festivities.

Not in your nelly – or ought to that be nessie. Regardless of the season, Edinburgh is now a year-round vacation spot that’s good for a protracted weekend, or for much longer do you have to select to discover Scotland’s magnificence additional afield.  

Whether or not it’s your first time in “Auld Reekie”, otherwise you’re a daily customer, I’d all the time suggest a spot to remain that’s proper within the coronary heart of the motion so the most important hot-spots are walkable. And for that purpose you’ll be able to’t go improper with Cheval Outdated City Chambers, which has a incredible location proper on the long-lasting Royal Mile within the historic Outdated City. 

Why keep right here

A part of the Cheval Assortment, which has three luxurious all-apartment residences in Edinburgh and 9 in London, the Cheval Outdated City Chambers constructing is instantly reverse the medieval St Giles’ Cathedral. 

Flip proper out of the principle reception on to the Royal Mile and also you’ll head in direction of Edinburgh Citadel. Flip left and also you’ll go in direction of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament. Additionally, on each side of the residence, the alleyways and (many) steps lead right down to the New City, Waverley Station and the Princes Avenue purchasing district. As areas go there isn’t a lot better in Edinburgh.

The kitchen-diner in the one-bedroom open-plan apartment

There are three buildings that make up the Cheval Outdated City Chambers. The brand new extension on the Royal Mile, which opened in November 2021, options the reception and 24 residences – together with a spread of swish loft penthouses. The opposite 50 residences are within the buildings simply throughout the rear courtyard. 

Like its sister property the Cheval Gloucester Park in west London, the Outdated City Chambers has a really slick and up to date really feel. The reception has a cushty sitting/studying/ready space and there’s additionally a small retail spot that sells gentle drinks, gins, whiskies and a few luxurious magnificence merchandise.  

The bed was ultra-comfy

The house 

Housed on the second flooring of one of many rear buildings, the posh one-bedroom open-plan house I stayed in had every little thing I wanted to take pleasure in a calming time after hours strolling the Royal Mile and close by streets. 

The dwelling space featured a lounge, kitchen-diner and likewise had entry to a balcony with wonderful views over the New City, Princes Avenue Gardens, the Scott Monument and Waverley Station. Within the lounge there have been sofas and a big-screen TV whereas within the kitchen-diner there was a desk and chairs, desk, oven, hob, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, fridge and even a washer-dryer. An actual residence from residence. 

It might be one of many busiest areas of town, however sleeping was actually not a problem right here. The mattress was as cozy as anyplace I had skilled. The lavatory was equally swish with a bath-shower and luxurious merchandise from ARRAN Sense of Scotland.   

Campbell’s haggis and swede pie at Luckenbooths

Consuming and ingesting 

The house has all of the utensils and kitchen devices wanted to prepare dinner one thing up “at residence” do you have to select. On arrival visitors are additionally welcomed with a hamper of bottled nonetheless water, milk, tea, espresso and sugar. Having the fridge, the crockery and cutlery makes breakfast “in” a straightforward selection, so you must undoubtedly think about frying up your personal full Scottish. 

If consuming out is extra your factor then there’s a great deal of locations inside a couple of minutes’ stroll of the property. Actually you solely must stroll a few metres if you wish to pattern some tasty Scottish delicacies. 

Cranachan s’mores brownie at Luckenbooths

At Luckenbooths, an all-day bar and restaurant positioned on the bottom flooring at Cheval Outdated City Chambers, I went all-out Scottish and ordered the Campbell’s haggis and swede pie (£16), which was topped with olive oil mash and got here with buttered greens, carrots and a peppercorn and whisky sauce. That is the must-have merchandise right here. 

For dessert I couldn’t resist the Cranachan s’mores brownie (£6) with toasted marshmallow, raspberry compote, toasted oats and vanilla crème fraîche. To clean all of it down I selected the Innis & Gunn lager (£6 a pint) and a Glen Scotia 15-year-old whisky (£6) from the Campbeltown area. When in Rome… 

Amazing views over the New Town, Princes Street and the Scott Monument

Out and about 

The Royal Mile location of Cheval Outdated City Chambers can’t be talked about sufficient. There’s nothing higher than staying someplace inside a brief stroll of all the most important points of interest. With the fort, historic walks, purchasing and cultural highlights so shut by, a keep right here will provide you with entry to every little thing wanted for the complete Edinburgh expertise – whether or not it’s a day, two or every week.

One spotlight was doing the gold tour on the Scotch Whisky Expertise up by the fort. Not solely do you spend time studying about how Scotch is made, however you additionally get to pattern 4 scrumptious whiskies.  

When you determine to enterprise exterior of Edinburgh then trains to Glasgow take round an hour from Waverley Station. On the Royal Mile itself you’ll additionally discover loads of corporations providing excursions to see Scotland’s hottest areas and points of interest.   

Cheval Outdated City Chambers, Royal Mile, 329 Excessive Avenue, Edinburgh EH1 1PN. Open-plan studio residences begin from £215 per night time; chevalcollection.com