Hotels in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh

by Ken Macdonald Google
Bruntsfield is a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle.

Bruntsfield is a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle.

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The Bruntsfield neighborhood in Edinburgh, Scotland, is a compact area centered on the Bruntsfield Links, part of the larger park called simply the Meadows. Set a mile south of Edinburgh Castle, Bruntsfield Links is a short-hole golf course with 36 holes created over a century ago, but golf has been played on the site since the 17th century. Bruntsfield has only a couple of full-service hotels, but these are supplemented by a selection of bed and breakfast establishments. ,

Best Western Bruntsfield Hotel

Set on the edge of the Bruntsfield Links, the Best Western Bruntsfield Hotel is housed in a handsome terrace of four converted Victorian townhouses built in the honey-colored sandstone so typical of Edinburgh. The on-site Bisque Brasserie serves a modern international menu with a Scottish character, while the Bisque Bar serves snacks and sandwiches. A few minutes’ walk from the hotel is the King’s Theatre, an important Edinburgh venue for drama. Almost on the hotel’s doorstep, the Golf Tavern overlooks the links and serves a contemporary Scottish menu.

Ellesmere House

Ellesmere House is a bed and breakfast hotel overlooking the Meadows and set in a 19th-century Edinburgh townhouse where the rooms have a combination of traditional and contemporary decor and furnishings. Breakfast is made with locally sourced ingredients, including free-range eggs from a farm just on the edge of Edinburgh. Adventurous guests can try porridge with a "tot" of malt whisky. Nearby restaurants include the Absolute Thai and Imans, which serves Indian dishes from the Punjab.

The Royal Ettrick Hotel

A 15-minute walk from Bruntsfield Links, the Royal Ettrick Hotel is set in a Victorian property with gardens and a raised sundeck. The on-site Conservatory Restaurant serves an international menu with al fresco dining available in the summer. The Athletic Arms, or the Diggers as locals call it, is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. This determinedly traditional pub is something of an Edinburgh institution and always busy serving frothing pints of locally brewed 80-shilling ale in a convivial atmosphere.

Valentine City Centre Guesthouse

The Valentine City Centre Guesthouse, a five-minute walk from Bruntsfield Links and a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, is set in a Victorian family home from the 1840s. A full cooked breakfast, including Scottish favorites such as black pudding and haggis, is served each morning. Dining options within a few minutes' walk include the Number 1 Sushi Restaurant and the Everest, which serves Indian and Nepalese dishes. For a drink in the evening, visit the nearby Auld Toll Bar, which features a beer garden.

About the Author

Ken Macdonald lives in London and has been a freelance editor and writer since 1999. He has written on topics including travel, food and gardening for UKTV, Expedia and “The Guardian” website. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English studies from Stirling University in Scotland.

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