Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

Scotland, UK

It starts with a great breakfast, with all the fresh, indulgent trimmings you could wish for, then you have Scotland’s first city neatly laid out on your doorstep ready to explore. Kimpton Charlotte Square is a modern take on a timeless, classic hotel with a Georgian exterior befitting its location in the west of Edinburgh, a stone’s throw from the castle. And it’s a city you never need an excuse to visit, such is the simple pleasure derived from wandering its historic streets and testing its ever-evolving restaurant scene. Even within the Kimpton you have Aizle, where the best of Scottish produce finds its way to your plate via a kitchen that makes everything from the butter to the bread to the aged kombucha. Stuart Ralston is the name above the door, and it’s worth making the short stroll to his standalone, Noto, which shares his ethos in a stripped-back setting. The food is typical of what this Kimpton does so well: stylish simplicity with effortless fuss and every box ticked. A perfect city stay.

Doubles from £331. 0131 240 5500,

Words by Angela Dukes.

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