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The nicest luxury hotels Edinburgh has to offer

Whether you are looking for Old Town charm or New Town style, Edinburgh has a vast array of hotels on hand throughout the city. Read on for some of the best luxury hotels Edinburgh has to offer.

The recently opened Missoni Hotel on George IV Bridge just off the Royal Mile features a striking modern exterior that has the locals split - eyesore or innovative architecture? Whatever your opinion, interiors are guaranteed to impress; rooms feature slick and minimal modern furnishings with a slight retro twist, and all designed by famed knitwear designer Rosita Missoni. The hotel also features a notable cocktail bar, the glamorous restaurant Cucina, as well as a Pizza Express and the seafood restaurant Ondine on site. Double rooms start from £140.

Edinburgh's most famous hotel, The Balmoral, has impressed guests since it opened over a century ago as the North British Hotel. The Balmoral is noted for its ornate baronial clock tower that rises above Edinburgh. It is also a little known fact that this clock is always kept 5 minutes ahead of schedule for the benefit of people using Edinburgh Waverley train station, which is conveniently located underneath the hotel. Edinburgh hotels do not get any more central or famous than this. Rooms cost from £139 when booked in advance, though rooms with unimpeded views to the castle may cost more.

For a more intimate, boutique hotel, the Number 10 in the plush Stockbridge neighbourhood of Edinburgh fits the bill. Rooms include Philippe Starck and Maitland Smith furnishings throughout while authentic Chinese antiquities adorn the communal areas. The building itself is a classic New Town Georgian terrace, and is set in a pleasant and quiet tree lined street just minutes from the centre of town. Rooms start at the bargain price of £69.

The assortment of hotels Edinburgh provides will be sure to excite, and due to the compact nature of the city, you'll never be too far from the action.

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