As tickets go on sale for the summer’s festivals in the Scottish city, it’s time to book your accommodation
With festivals taking place throughout the year (most notably the summer Fringe and Hogmanay over New Year), finding somewhere to stay in Edinburgh isn’t always easy. Enter the Chester Residence, a series of grand apartments in the city’s New Town, the perfect choice for travellers who prefer the feel of a luxury home but with all the service of a hotel. The apartments are either on or within a short walk of Rothesay Place, a quiet residential square with rows of honey-hued houses where you’ll find reception – staff are on hand 24 hours a day to deliver drinks and DVDs, replenish towels or order you a cab.
Each apartment is set across its own floor of an elegantly modernised Georgian townhouse, where period features have been updated with contemporary touches, such as WiFi, Nespresso machines and hi-tech heating controls. The sky-high ceilings and huge windows might make you think of draughty old stately homes, but the restoration (and the addition of an efficient heating system) ensures constant optimum cosiness.
Food and drink
There isn’t a restaurant, but breakfast can be arranged on request and each apartment has its own spacious, fully-equipped kitchen for some self-catering. There’s likely to be a snack laid out in reception, whether it’s Friday-feeling-providing Crunchie bars at the end of the week or more wholesome shiny apples. There’s a guest lounge in the reception building, with a bar serving coffees in the morning and slightly stiffer options from lunchtime onwards. Hampers can be arranged on request, too. And the stylish bars and restaurants of New Town are within a short walk; try Maison Bleue at Home, L’Escargot Blanc or Foundry 39, all on Queensferry Street.
For more information, visit chester-residence.com or ring 0131 226 2075.