It is normally stated that we do not discover our “own backyard” sufficient, so when I was invited to invest a evening at The Bonham, a fashionable boutique hotel in the West Finish of Edinburgh, I jumped at the opportunity!
We haven’t ventured into hotel stays with our infant but, so what greater way to dip our toes in than with an effortless staycation in a portion of Edinburgh we invest far also small time in? Plus I’d heard from foodie mates that the meals in the onsite restaurant is great. With a infant on board, we haven’t precisely been enjoying a lot of dining out experiences lately.
And so we left our usual haunt of Leith in the north of the city and headed more than to The Bonham Hotel, a boutique and art-filled favourite on the Edinburgh hotel scene.
The Place – Edinburgh’s West Finish
The West Finish is conveniently positioned close to Edinburgh’s key attractions, at a much less than 10-minute stroll from the finish of Princes Street or George Street, with some of my favourite eateries and boutiques in in between. Regardless of its perfect place close to the bustle of Edinburgh, The Bonham is positioned on a quiet step-back-in-time street that feels like it could be a globe away.
Classic Luxury – Our Area at The Bonham
The uniform sandstone of the buildings surrounding Drumsheugh Gardens offers small hint to what lies inside them. Initially constructed as 3 separate townhouses in the Victorian era, The Bonham Hotel has paraded as an extravagant house for Edinburgh’s wealthier households with their servants, prior to going on to turn out to be a maternity hospital, and then a student residence. How’s that for some history?!
A current refurbishment has observed every single area filled with classic furnishings to suit the buildings wealthy history and plus the addition of vibrant touches of colour to add a modern really feel. Outdoors of our area there was a big bookcase filled with historical books and a painting of a histroic Princes Street, just 1 of quite a few artistic touches about the hotel.
Views from the rooms extend more than the Drumsheugh Gardens (which we have been kindly supplied a essential for, if we wanted to appreciate them from inside) or towards Fife and the Firth of Forth.
We have been booked into 1 of the Superior Double rooms for the evening, with a substantial king size bed covered in comfy cushions and pillows, a lot of polished wooden dressers and side tables to use for perform or placing our items out, and a dining table in the window with big turquoise armchairs. The area had a lot of totally free space for all our infant paraphernalia!
There are the usual tea and coffee facilities, plus complimentary bottled water in the mini fridge. Along with some scrumptious sweets and a welcome card, the employees had also taken the time to set up a travel cot for Infant B!
The wide sash window let in an abundance of all-natural light and we had a beautiful view of the gardens across the road, down the street, and of the surrounding rooftops. Wherever I’ve travelled in the globe I do appreciate a hotel exactly where you can open the window or have the radiator on to handle the area temperature oneself, rather than becoming at the whim of whoever sets it or only possessing an air conditioning unit with no selection for fresh air!
Off the key area, the not too long ago refurbished bathrooms requires on a much more modern day style, with dark grey and black tiles and a substantial mirror with a lot of light readily available.
After unpacked and organised we took a stroll down to nearby Dean Village, 1 of the most picturesque spots in Edinburgh, and 1 of my favourite hidden gems, despite the fact that it is turn out to be considerably much more well-known in current years! Soon after returning I sat on 1 of the comfy chairs by the window and watched the sky turn from blue to dusty pink. Edinburgh was certainly placing her greatest foot forward for our staycation!
The Bonham Hotel Smartphone App
Scotland’s hoteliers are regularly searching to boost the guest practical experience by means of innovation and enhanced technologies, which is exactly where the Bonham Hotel App comes in. Designed with Critons DIY App builder, it delivers all sorts of data about the hotel and the surrounding region of Edinburgh, plus a handy way to make contact with hotel employees. When you book into The Bonham you are encouraged to download the app to complement your keep.
I sent off a rapid e mail by way of the app to inquire about parking prior to we left (yes, even although it is in Edinburgh it was less complicated for us to drive with the infant!) and received a speedy response confirming they have spaces readily available on a 1st-come-1st-served basis for £15 a day. A bargain in the city centre!
The menu at their in-residence restaurant, No 35, is also ever-altering, so I checked out the most recent version by means of the app to pre-determine what I wanted to consume. Ask everyone I routinely consume out with, I’m a terrible meals selection maker who normally requires forever to make up my thoughts so advance warning of what’s on give is essential!
Despite the fact that all the employees who directed us to the carpark, carried our items, and checked us in have been great, I couldn’t recall what time we have been supposed to verify out or when breakfast completed (I blame it on Mum Brain, it is a issue) so a rapid verify of the app in the wee hours gave me the information I required. Plus it meant I wasn’t worried when we ended up sleeping in (Infant B incorporated!) thanks to the blackout curtains and the quiet street outdoors.
You can obtain the app in your Smartphone App Retailer, or verify out how it operates on the Criton web-site.
Consuming In – Meals & Drink at The Bonham
The restaurant at The Bonham is not just for guests, and there have been a lot of men and women enjoying what looked like romantic and celebratory dinners and catch up meals with mates whilst we have been there. We haven’t been out for a good dinner considering the fact that Infant B came along, so it was great to go someplace on web site exactly where we could normally nip back up to the area if he became a bit also fractious…and as it was, amazingly, he fell asleep and we had a beautiful meal with each other!
For starters, I had the white crab and Phil had salmon tartare, which I preferred of the two. My key was a scrumptious fillet of hake, with completely crisped skin and on a bed of broccoli that virtually upstaged the fish. The A La Carte Menu incorporated a lot of other selections, such as a grill section from which Phil ordered his Ribeye steak key, as nicely as “While You are Deciding” selections and further sides. The meals is of a modern style with a Scottish twist which I appreciate to see, and there are a lot of locally sourced components.
The Marketplace Menu is a good addition, supplying two or three courses at £18.50 and £22.50 respectively. Then every single lunchtime from Wednesday-Sunday you can take benefit of the ‘Boozy Snoozy’ give which three courses off the Marketplace Menu plus a half bottle of wine per particular person for £25.
Verify out the menu selections at The Bonham
Soon after two courses with a nicely-behaved infant, we decided not to push our luck and returned to our area to place him to bed, unwind, and order dessert on area service. Two sticky toffee puddings promptly arrived and we ate them by low lamplight as Infant B slept on!
The following morning we slept in, as pointed out, and so created our way down to breakfast not also extended prior to it completed at 10 am. There’s an abundance of continental selections to pick from such as all the muesli toppings you could hope for, or you can have anything cooked to order from the menu.
Fortunately checkout is at the generous time of midday so we didn’t really feel like we required to rush to pack our items and clear out prior to breakfast. It is astounding how considerably you can spread out and make a location like house in just 1 evening!
Soon after breakfast, we wandered into town to the Princes Street Gardens prior to returning to The Bonham to choose up our automobile and head house. Our 1 evening staycation in Edinburgh’s West Finish was a mini-escape to a much more luxurious way of city living, and we left feeling relaxed and refreshed, with a delighted infant in tow.
Rooms begin from £139 for the Classic Double Bedroom and £164 for a Superior Double. There are also Junior and Executive Suites.
Verify availability and book right here.
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This post is in collaboration with Criton, but as normally, all opinions are totally my personal.