Macdonald Houstoun House Edinburgh AirportFit for a Queen
- Terminal : All terminals
- Star Rating :
- Restaurant : Yes
- Disabled Facilities : Yes
- Swimming Pool : Yes
It once counted Mary, Queen of Scots among its guests and the 16th-century Edinburgh Macdonald Houstoun House is equally fit for royalty today. 500 years of history give each of its 71 en-suite rooms its own character; the walled gardens and 20 acres of woodland around it make you feel a million miles from the bustle of the airport. As you climb the ancient winding staircase to the Tower Restaurant, you'll wonder if you haven't actually slipped back to Tudor times. Not that it would matter - you'd probably be happy to stay here for the next five centuries
Reasons to book
- • Mary, Queen of Scots once stayed at this 16th-century hotel.
- • The appetisingly ancient Tower Restaurant has an AA rosette.
- • It's surrounded by walled gardens - and 20 acres of woodland.
- • Order a coffee - and you'll get shortbread too.
All rooms at the Edinburgh Macdonald Houstoun House have satellite TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, sofa, desk, trouser press, tea and coffee-making facilities. Free mineral water is provided in all rooms. Internet access is available in all rooms.
Room service is available 24 hours a day, but the full room service menu, which includes main meals, sandwiches, salads, desserts and drinks, is only available from 8am to 10pm. A limited menu is available between 10pm and 8am.
There is also a children's room service menu, with dishes including cheese on toast, boiled egg with soldiers, sausages and mash, and pasta in tomato sauce.
The Macdonald Houstoun House Edinburgh Airport features a beauty salon, a restaurant, a bar and safes where guests can leave their valuables. WiFi access is available, although there is a charge. Beauty treatments, massages and reflexology are available in the salon.
- • Restaurant
- • Bar
- • Leisure facilities
- • Swimming pool
- • Room service
- • Internet access
- • Conference facilities
You'll start to imagine that Mary I is on the throne again as you climb the winding 16th-century staircase to the Tower Restaurant, with its panelled walls, open fireplaces and shuttered windows. But there are no Tudor-style banquets here - this restaurant won its AA rosette for the excellence of its traditional Scottish food.
The menu changes, but to give you an idea, how about a plate of smoked salmon to start, followed by lemon and garlic-marinated free-range chicken with anna potatoes and courgette ribbons, then strawberry millefeuille to finish? A children's menu is also available.
In the morning, the hotel serves both Scottish and continental breakfast. However much you've eaten the night before, you're bound to be tempted by the fresh fruit, freshly baked bread and pastries and comb honey.
Dinner is served from 6.30pm to 10pm and breakfast is served from 7am to 10am. The dress code is smart casual - jeans and trainers are not allowed, and diners are asked to switch off their mobile phones.
If you'd rather go downstairs than up, head to the cellars to discover the Vaulted Bar, three connected rooms with large open fireplaces, antique paintings, leather couches and wing-backed armchairs.
Main meals, light bites, sandwiches, baguettes and salads are available in the bar, as well as hot and cold soft and alcoholic drinks. All the coffee is Fairtrade - and when you order a cafetiere of coffee or a cup of tea, you'll get some shortbread to tuck into too.
The bar is open from 11am to 11pm.
You can check in from 2pm and you must check out by 11am.
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