The Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh
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Top of my requirements when taking a city
break is staying in a hotel close to everything. However after a day sightseeing, I like to
retreat to peacefulness. I'm also partial to a touch of luxury. Quality places
to eat and drink should be close to my hotel or preferably in it. I also have
some mobility issues so an accessible room is appreciated. Quite a tall
order! On a recent midweek city break I
was delighted to find The Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh ticked all those boxes!
Rutland Hotel stands in the heart of
Edinburgh, towards the west end of the city, close to the multitude of
attractions Edinburgh has to offer. It is
a luxury, boutique hotel with twelve individually designed, stylish guest rooms
and nine elegant serviced apartments.
A Georgian building houses the hotel (in the
1800's it was the home of renowned surgeon and scientist Joseph Lister) but the
interior is very much 21st century and it looks good, the blend of old and new
work perfectly together.
Although the hotel doesn't have a car park,
it can arrange discounted parking at the nearby NCP car park at Castle
Tce. Bus stops and tram stops are close
by and there is a taxi rank outside the hotel.
Reception staff greeted us warmly, a lift
took us to our second floor guest room. My first impression of the room was how
spacious and light it was. Light streamed in through two large windows. I also
noticed that despite being in a very busy area of the city, not a peep of city
noise could be heard.
Decorated in green and white, the room had
an uplifting atmosphere. Room temperature was good. Air conditioning kept the
room comfortable – the windows not being designed to open. Wi-Fi was free, easily accessible and without
Seating was varied in type and comfortable
– a bright green sofa, white ornate chair, brown dining style chairs. I liked the fact the seating had the benefit
of different heights – some low seating some higher seating.
Two coffee tables and a larger table were
provided, the larger holding a coffee machine and a kettle, a good supply of
coffee beans, teas and complimentary bottled water. There was a flat screen television, safe,
mini bar, hair dryer, hair straighteners, traditional alarm clock, telephone,
ironing board and iron. Mirrored wardrobe doors provided full length mirror
facilities. A smaller, ornate mirror hung over the larger table.
The spacious bathroom/wet room equipped
with quality fittings was decorated with white brick style wall tiles and grey
floor tiles. A lovely rainfall shower produced an abundance of warm water. Toiletries were from Arran Aromatics. Towels
As this was an Accessible room, grab rails
were provided in the bathroom. The mirror in the bathroom was lowered for the
benefit of wheelchair users. Pull cord alarms were present in the bathroom and
The Kyloe Gourmet Steak Restaurant and Grill
The award winning Kyloe Steak Restaurant and Grill is on the hotel's first floor - no need to go out to eat when a
restaurant with a great reputation is in the hotel. The restaurant is known for
sourcing only the best ingredients from trusted suppliers.
It is open to non-residents, so it is wise
to reserve a table. Some tables have enviable views of Edinburgh Castle and
To allow customers to make the best choice
of steak, a platter of steaks can be brought to the table. Our waiter explained the different cuts,
cooking processes and whether they were best eaten medium rare or rare, but it
isn't just steak on the menu, there are a range of other meals too.
Whilst studying the menu we were brought
complimentary rather delicious rosemary bread with pats of English butter and a
tasty courgette and herb dip.
Our first course choice was tomato and
lentil soup. A delicious smooth soup so the texture of the lentils was not
apparent but the richness of taste was there. Warm herb bread accompanied the
husband's main course, sirloin steak, with peppercorn sauce, with a side of
spring onion and potato mash and green salad, he said “was amazing, the steak
superb”. For myself, well I may have been
in an award winning steak restaurant but my favourite food, Sea bass, was on
the menu so it had to be pan fried Sea Bass! This proved to be an excellent choice. It was served wrapped in parma
ham with chimichuri, accompanied by aubergine caponata and baby spinach, it was
a sensational meal.
For dessert we both chose Chocolate fudge
cake which was exquisite. An intense chocolate taste complimented by spiced
pineapple puree, accompanied by meringue topped chocolate mouse was a real
burst of flavour for the taste buds!
The drinks menu had a super range of wines,
liqueurs, cocktails, soft drinks, ciders, lagers and beers, including low
alcohol beers and gluten free beers.
Excellent service, comfortable seating,
interesting decoration and an upbeat relaxed atmosphere enhanced our dining
The Huxley Bar/Restaurant
Breakfast was served in the ground floor
Huxley Bar/Restaurant which is spacious with large windows overlooking the
street. It was table service with a
semi-set menu - we had a choice of first course, the second course was a large
bread roll filled with up to two ingredients of our choice. A jug of water was
served on arrival, tea or coffee was included. A full Scottish Breakfast was available for a small additional charge.
I ordered fresh fruit salad for my first course
- dragon fruit, papaya, kiwi, strawberries, melon, which was delicious. My second course of bacon and poached egg
bread roll was filling and flavoursome. My husband chose porridge with fruit compote followed by sausage and
black pudding roll which he enjoyed. Staff were friendly, service excellent.
The Edinburgh Gin Distillery is in the
hotel's basement. By day it is closed to
the public but in the evening it turns into the Heads and Tails Gin Emporium
which offers distillery tours. We did
not have time to visit this attraction but hope to do so in the future.
Edinburgh has so many of attractions and
every type – It's castle, palace museums, galleries, gardens, distilleries,
cathedrals, superb shopping facilities, to list them all would take pages! What is good is, they are all within easy
reach of The Rutland Hotel.
We loved this hotel. It truly ticked all the boxes, for location,
facilities, great food, and super customer service from all of the staff
throughout the hotel, restaurants and bar. It isn't often that every member of staff offers excellent friendly
service but we found it here!
The Rutland Hotel
1-3 Rutland Street
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