Boasting glorious views of Edinburgh Castle, cosy rooms, great food and warm Scottish hospitality, rest assured you’re in good hands when you stay at Doubletree Edinburgh. Jordan Fletcher enjoyed a blissful 24 hours unwinding in the Hilton owned hotel. Just the tonic for a chilly January weekend.
Housed in a striking A-listed art deco style building on Bread Street, Doubletree Edinburgh City Centre is one of the most impressive hotels in Hilton’s extensive UK portfolio. The tall glass facade allows for plenty of light to shine into the lobby and adjoining brasserie and Monboddo restaurant.
After a friendly welcome at reception, we checked into our spacious twin room to find some treats waiting for us alongside a handwritten card. A lovely touch and a taste of things to come. This place is big on guest service.
Unlike so many twin rooms I’ve stayed in, this one featured two large ultra-comfy beds, as well as a stylish bathroom, mini fridge, study area and large wall-mounted TV. Perfect for a few hours relaxing with a movie after our big night out in the city.
There’s also an onsite fitness suite if a spot of exercise takes your fancy – not for us on this occasion. For dinner, we headed downstairs to Monboddo, a contemporary restaurant and bar that serves up a mix of classic dishes and Scottish ‘wee plates’. They also offer a rather nice selection of Scottish and international whiskies.
For starters, we enjoyed the plump and juicy Chilli and Garlic King Prawns and the incredibly moreish Sesame Coated Haggis Bon Bons. Both plates were winning, but the Bon Bons tipped it slightly for me. You don’t see these on the menus of Leeds.
The tender Grilled Scotch Sirloin Steak went down well with a glass of Rioja and came served with some delicious roasted vine cherry tomatoes, Chimichurri, peppercorn sauce and herb butter. My brother went with the Chicken Breast on Merguez Cassoulet, which featured an interesting mix of enticing flavours.
After a solid and much needed 8 hour kip, we were back downstairs for breakfast. As we had brunch booked in the SkyBar, we skipped the cooked to order eggs and extras in favour of some light bites from the continental and hot breakfast buffet. And, whilst I’ve had better coffee, the food on offer was well worth a look.
Having had a great brunch experience at Doubletree’s SkyBar in Leeds for a friend’s birthday, I was keen to see how the Edinburgh venue held up. Needless to say, my hometown can’t hold a candle to SkyBar Edinburgh as far as views are concerned.
The floor to ceiling windows and outdoor roof terrace are designed to showcase the stunning view of the iconic Edinburgh Castle, which sits majestically in the not-so-far-away distance, ready for a trillion Insta-worthy selfies. It’s a great selling point and one that helps make SkyBar an essential spot when visiting Scotland’s capital.
Luckily the food and drink hold up too. Our brunch platter for two was quite enormous, with highlights including smoked salmon bites, prosciutto and cheese rolls and mini croissants. The only disappointment was the lack of maple syrup for the waffles and pancakes.
The Espresso Martinis were really good too, especially enjoyed on the terrace with a short but much appreciated burst of sunshine. The perfect end to a memorable 24 hours, in a hotel we can’t recommend highly enough.
Doubletree Hilton Edinburgh, 34 Bread Street, EH3 9AF.