Looking straight out onto historical Edinburgh Castle, the Sheraton Grand is perfectly situated for a weekend of exploration.
Just a 10 minute taxi journey from Edinburgh Waverley Station, we arrived at the hotel within 15 minutes of stepping off our train from London.
Stepping into the warm lobby (needed for those chilly Scottish days) we were greeted with smiles from all the staff. Check in was easy and we made our way up to our Castle View Room.
As soon as we opened the door into our room we knew we had hit the jackpot with this place. Straight out the window was a panoramic view of the castle itself – bonus! If you decide to stay here yourself I would highly recommend upgrading to the Castle View Rooms as they are totally worth the money.
The rooms were very spacious, we were situated on the top floor of the hotel with club benefits – worth the upgrade if you prefer a quieter space for breakfast, drinks and canapés are also included each evening, oh and complimentary WiFi and spa access too!
As soon as we had sorted our things out we headed out into Edinburgh for a mooch around and to look for a place for dinner. We didn’t have to look far, the hotel leads out onto Lothian Road which is full of restaurants and cafes. We went a little further and walked through Princes Street Gardens, just five minutes walk away. We did a full circle round to the Royal Mile and then up through Grassmarket where we enjoyed pizza (very Scottish….) and back up to the Sheraton.
Alex and I are both early birds so watched a bit of Sherlock on Netflix and then got some needed rest, ready for the next day’s activities. The beds were comfortable and big enough that you aren’t banging into your sleep companion all night, the pillows were a little too squishy for me but you could call down to reception if you fancied a change. One of our concerns when we first arrived at our room is that we were opposite the Club lounge, we were worried we would hear noise throughout the night but luckily, everything was silent and we got a good nights kip.
We woke up early the next morning, the mornings are darker up in Edinburgh so we were up in time to watch the sunrise behind Edinburgh Castle. This was stunning and well worth watching, so we set up a time lapse to capture this…
We enjoyed a continental breakfast in the club lounge, this was included in the room rate, if you wanted a full breakfast you could pay £5 and take this in the main restaurant. For us, the tranquility and quiet of the club lounge suited us.
Whilst we didn’t use it ourselves, the Sheraton has a fully functioning spa named ‘One Spa’. An oasis in the centre of Edinburgh, One Spa offers an infinity edge swimming pool in a light and airy setting. Along with a roof top hydropool you can team this up with a relaxing spa treatment, or if you are feeling energised, a gym session.
The Sheraton Grand also hosts ‘One Square’, a buzzing restaurant and bar leading out onto Festival Square and serving classic British dishes, as well as afternoon teas, brunch, and even gin tasting experiences.
Overall the hotel is contemporary in an ancient city, it is not the most traditional hotel in the world but a great base in order to explore Edinburgh, and even better if you are a spa lover. The service is genuinely friendly and nothing seems too much trouble for the staff, we also loved the little splashing of Scotland dotted around the hotel such as Scottish shortbread in the room, a huge print of Eilean Donan Castle on the main stairwell, and the subtle appearance of tartan.