In perhaps one of the best locations in the city, the iconic building that houses Gleneagles Townhouse is steeped in history. Built in 1781, it served as a branch of the Bank of Scotland for over two centuries before being painstakingly restored to its current state. Within walking distance from most of the cultural and culinary hotspots (Princes Street, Georges Street, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle), it’s the perfect base from which to explore the city.
There are 33 rooms in total, each uniquely designed in homage to the space’s architectural heritage, whilst maintaining a sense of understated luxury. There is considerable variety among the room sizes to suit every traveller, ranging from cosy Nook bedrooms up on the third floor to spacious Master bedrooms with lofty ceilings and spectacular city views. But whichever you choose, the interiors are tasteful and mix Victorian, art deco and mid-century styling alongside some original features.
The Spence is Gleneagles Townhouse’s main restaurant, located in the glass-domed former banking hall. Scottish for ‘larder’, the menu celebrates local ingredients such as Argyle rock oysters, wild roe deer, and west coast crab. There’s also Lamplighters – the top-floor bar with an incredible roof terrace. Here, excellent cocktails are served against panoramic city views.