Situated in the Edinburgh’s vibrant West End, the Dunstane Houses comprise twinset Victorian townhouses — Dunstane House and Hampton House — inspired by celebrated Scottish architect, William Playfair. Following a six-month, million-pound renovation project, 16-bedroom Dunstane House reopened in July 2017 as a contemporary urban sanctuary with an authentic Scottish soul, with Hampton House set to unveil a further 8 renovated bedrooms and a lounge later this year.
Variously occupied by merchants, musicians, doctors, distillers, bankers and newspapermen over the past 160 years, the Dunstane Houses have witnessed the evolution of modern-day Edinburgh.
Honouring the owners’ Orkney Islands roots, the hotel’s interiors combine a modern take on the neoclassical design of old-town Edinburgh with the welcoming feel of a country house hotel. Neutral interiors punctuated by bold colours celebrate period features, whilst bespoke furniture including oversized armchairs and deep blue velvet sofas create a sense of both decadence and comfort. Throughout the hotel, artworks curated by local artist Nicky Brooks of the iconic Red Door Gallery depict scenes of Edinburgh and Orkney.
The Lounge offers all-day dining, using the finest Scottish produce for signature dishes such as Cullen Skink, seared Orkney scallops and whisky-slaked Cranachan. The adjoining Ba’ Bar, named after the feisty street football game traditionally played in Orkney, has a contrasting deep blue interior with a sophisticated members’ club feel. The perfect setting for cocktails, Ba’ Bar also boasts one of the widest selections of whisky in Edinburgh, carving a new destination for in-the-know locals and visitors alike.
The hotel’s concierge is on hand to fast-track guests into Edinburgh’s best restaurants, shows and museums, all just a short 10-minute walk from the hotel. Owner Derek Mowat’s collection of vintage cars is available on request for guided tours of old town Edinburgh, out to east Lothian or over to Fife, to explore Scotland’s beautiful wilderness.
A clever conversion has transformed The Dunstane into a chic-but-cosy hotel with a mix of contemporary and chintz.
Sunday Times Travel Magazine
The main house is — and I really don't say this lightly — probably my favourite ever UK hotel I've stayed in.
The redesign is brilliant and the cocktail lounge is worth visiting, even if you’re not staying.