As summer approaches and the festival season draws near, key dates in Edinburgh hotels are booking out fast. For guests looking to attend the Jazz and Blues Festival, the Fringe or the International Festival proper in August, it is important to choose your base early.
Hotels in Edinburgh range from small bed and breakfasts to large-scale five-star luxury, and where you choose to stay will largely depend on your budget and personal preference. But if you are looking for a comfortable base with a home-from-home feel combined with a touch of class, No. 53 Frederick Street could be the answer.
No. 53 Frederick Street is a bed and breakfast with a difference. Owned by local entrepreneur David Tweedie it occupies the second and third floors of a grand Georgian townhouse dating back to 1820. Centrally located in a prominent position right in the heart of the New Town, it is just a minute’s walk from Princes Street. The house has been beautifully cared for and renovated, and is tastefully decorated in sumptuous period style with comfortable soft furnishings, large open fire places, and a centrepiece of a sweeping curved staircase to add a touch of grandeur.
A selection of singles, doubles, triples and family rooms is available. All have been recently redecorated and provide a delightful combination of modern sophistication and old world charm, boasting original carved fire surrounds, traditional pine panelling and en-suite shower rooms.
Both David and front-of-house manager Tessa take pride in ensuring all their guests receive a warm welcome and are exceptionally helpful with suggestions on sightseeing, travel and good local eateries. Thanks to No. 53 Frederick Street’s proximity to the city Centre, many of Edinburgh’s leading landmarks including its famous castle are just a short walk away and there are plenty of places to eat and drink right on the doorstep.
There is no need to travel far, however, for food and drink. The lower floor of this grand Georgian townhouse is occupied by Rick’s Restaurant and Bar, a delicious grill bar famed for serving traditional Scottish fare with a modern twist. Rick’s aims to source the best local ingredients, supporting local farmers and suppliers and delighting its guests with fresh organic and home-grown fare. There is a an al fresco dining area perfect for enjoying a meal under the stars on one of Edinburgh’s warm, balmy summer evenings.
Ricks offers an extensive a la carte menu, a tasty selection of bar snacks and also prides itself on offering one of the best breakfasts in the city. Guests of No. 53 Frederick Street benefit from a healthy discount on all meals including breakfast and can choose from a mixed grill, with sausage, bacon, scrambled egg, fresh grilled tomato, mushrooms, sautéed potatoes and toast, a vegetarian grill, continental breakfast, Belgian waffles or tasty charred bloomer filled rolls.
Finish your day of sightseeing with a drink in Rick’s Bar, a popular haunt with Edinburgh’s locals and visitors alike, where the convivial atmosphere and extensive drinks list cannot fail to leave you with happy memories of your time in this beautiful Scottish city.