Last week, I headed off on my first holiday of the year. We decided to take advantage of some cheap train tickets and headed up to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. As this was my first full week off all year, we opted for a little but of opulence and booked ourselves into a four-star hotel situated in the heart of the Royal Mile.
Fraser Suites is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Edinburgh. Situated on St Giles’ Street, this elegant hotel is tucked
just around the corner of Edinburgh’s numerous heritage sites such as St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, the Museum on the Mound, the Writer’s Room and so many more.
It’s only a five-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley station, after a small clamber up the New Steps. This little route was ideal for us and our mighty rucksacks. Fraser Suites’ sand-stoned facade is easily accessible on several other transport routes too.
Our train arrived into Edinburgh one hour before we could actually check-in, so we thought we’d try our luck and stash our bags at the hotel as this would leave us unencumbered to wander around the city freely. As we made our way into the hotel, signs and posters were clearly indicated that guests needed to wear mask when moving around the communal areas. So, we pulled our masks from our pockets and were promptly greeted by a cheerful receptionist. There, we were told that we would be able to check-in early. After all the usual formalities, we were given our room keys, a map and an information pack inside a little envelope. Then, we clambered into a lift and made our way up to the fifth floor.
When we were planning our trip, we knew we wanted to stay in a room that had a kitchenette just in case we needed to cook in the evening because of Coronavirus restrictions. Once we’d found Fraser Suites online, we opted for a Classic Deluxe Room, which came with a rather large bed (so much space), a comfy armchair (the dream reading nook), a desk area, a large bathroom and of course the kitchen area. The bathroom area included L’Occtaine en Provence amenities, which smelled heavenly. The room also include Wi-Fi access, a self-controlled heater, a safe and a TV for some much-needed bake off viewing.
The most stunning feature of our room by far was the view from the room. The hotel itself is built on top of a hill, which meant we were promised stunning views from our window and they did not disappoint. From our room, we had sublime views of Calton Hill, which made me itch with exploration.
We didn’t spend a lot of time in our hotel room – we never do – but I thought I’d share my thoughts on the facilities we did use. On our final day, we were able to leave our bags at the hotel’s left luggage facility. I was a but nervous this wouldn’t be offered because of the new coronavirus restrictions, but I’m so glad they kept this service going. As we were picking up our bags, I also used the toilets in the reception area, which were clean and filled with yet more L’Occtaine en Provence products. I didn’t get time to use the gym or eat food in the hotel, but from the snippets of conversation I overheard from the other guests, these services were more than satisfactory.
Fraser Suites is definitely on my list of hotels for my next trip to Edinburgh. But until that day comes, I’ll keep the memories.