A couple of weeks ago, I stayed at the Edinburgh Sheraton Grand Hotel with my partner to celebrate his birthday. It was a really great trip so I thought I’d write a review about my stay. Enjoy!
The hotel is fantastically located in Festival Square, which was the perfect place from which to explore the city. For the shopaholics, you’ve got Princes Street about 5-10 minute walk away while Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile is 15-20 minutes walk away. Even if the hotel is facing the castle, be aware that it isn’t an easy walk- you’ll have to walk around the side of the castle to make it there. You’ve also got lots of great restaurants and shops around, in case the hotel restaurant isn’t your cup of tea.
As you enter the lobby, there is a table full of Scottish shortbread cookies (my favourite) and healthy apples. This was definitely welcomed after our tiring 8-hour drive up. The staff are super friendly and I couldn’t fault them. As we are club members, we were entitled to the club lounge where drinks and snacks were served every evening. We loved this touch of luxury! On our final night, one of the waitresses was quite flustered in the lounge and actually forgot to ask my partner for his order when she got my drink, but we can all make mistakes.
We were pleasantly surprised upon entering the room. The room had wooden floors, a rug feature around the bed and a view of the castle up on the hill and an interesting sort of ‘open-plan’ bathroom with frosted glass. We had a view of the Edinburgh Castle up on the hill and I definitely recommend paying slightly more for this as it is so beautiful to look at.
I have to say that the bathroom was one of the most impressive parts with both a shower and bath and different coloured lights you could choose based on your mood. Although these fancy lights were a nice touch, it did mean that it was quite dark at certain times so makeup application was tricky. Also, the toiletries were nothing to write home about, unfortunately.
There was a flat screen television and a large desk with a comfortable leather chair. The room also included a seating area along with the windows. However, it was a quite old fashioned TV and I was expecting slightly more from the Sheraton.
The King bed was a Sheraton Sleeper bed and if you like a soft bed, you will have a wonderful sleep experience. However, at home I have an orthopaedic bed so I prefer much firmer mattresses 🙂 Next to the bed, each side had room controls, a side table and light.
My minor gripe was that the hairdryer was bolted inside the desk drawer, which made me regret not bringing my own but oh well…
I loved the breakfast. You have a fab buffet breakfast with a range of delicious food ranging from cereals to pastries and cooked Scottish breakfast.
Can I just request that you have Nutella? This is such a breakfast staple for me so I was a bit surprised that a hotel of this calibre didn’t have it.
Now, this was something out of the ordinary for sure. After all, it is Scotland’s most renowned urban thermal spa experience.
You’ve got an iconic rooftop Hydropool inside and outside! On top of that, you’ve got a Thermal Suite with a range of water, salt and heat experiences designed to help you rebalance and refresh your body and mind. Usually, I don’t like saunas or any heat rooms, but my favourite experience was at the amethyst crystal sauna room with a mint scent. It really helped me to relax. I also got a massage and it was absolute heaven, so I definitely recommend treating yourself even if it is quite pricey.
Overall – the Edinburgh Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
I had a lovely stay at the Edinburgh Sheraton Grand and would definitely stay here again if I ever return to Edinburgh. It was fantastically located to explore the city, the staff were very attentive and friendly and the room was comfortable.
It’s a 4/5 for me