“Mysterious, captivating, exotic: James Thomson’s Gothic conversion of the 16th-century General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is named after the witches that were burned nearby. It is flamboyantly decorated with gilded ceilings, panelling and swathes of jewel-coloured velvet. Huge sumptuous suites in vibrant colours are theatrical and supremely romantic, with four-posters and oil paintings. Extras include complementary champagne.”
Written by Louise Farquhar
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Romance, quirkiness, sumptuous luxury and a magical location next to Edinburgh’s Castle
What is there to do in the area or on site?
You are in the heart of the Old Town so lots of sights – Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, Holyrood Palace, National Gallery plus great speciality shopping
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
A breakfast hamper is delivered to your suite each day or you can choose to eat a candlelit breakfast a la carte in the original Witchery dining room
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
The Witchery has two magical dining rooms to choose from, the original oak-panelled Witchery of the charming Secret Garden with its own private terrace. Just around the corner we can arrange a table for you at our rooftop Tower Restaurant above the National Museum of Scotland – which also does a fantastic afternoon tea. Five minutes by cab could see you in the luxurious and grand setting of historic Prestonfield House and its opulent restaurant, Rhubarb
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
All of our rooms are suites, all have their own character quirks and charms. Some guests try each of the them in turn and then ask us to create another suite when they have done them all.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Check in, pour the Champagne and enjoy real cosseting luxury.”
'...the Witchery is a shameless temple of too-muchness, with a celebrity-studded guest list including Jack Nicholson and Audrey Tautou.'
Originally published by Sunday Times (view article)