I have dined in the Restaurant at The Rutland four times this year (including my 50th birthday) and stayed over once earlier in the year. The last time I ate here, with a colleague, was on July 29th.
The hotel was 100% transformed last year and in a way it's a pity that the name has stayed the same because some perhaps think that it's much the same as before. Nothing could be further from fact. A huge amount of money - millions - has been spent creating a brilliant, laid-back boutique hotel with a mix of style and functionality, fun and originality.
Bedrooms (which have outstanding soundproofing - don't know how they managed it) are funky and designerish with loads of appeal. I stayed in a mid-range room with a curved outside wall, huge bed, striking lighting, big sleek bathroom and feature furnishings. Some are more outre than others (I looked at a couple). A homemade muffin on arrival is a nice touch.
The ground floor is an open-all-day lounge bar offering breakfast (loved the flexible times), lunch and and other meals including an excellent '£10 for three tasters' offering in the evening. We'd the homemade fish stew and it was spot-on.
There's an oval cut-out in the ceiling between the lounge bar and the Restaurant at The Rutland on the first floor, nicely giving the finer-dining restaurant some of the lively atmos of the lounge bar. The menu is well-planned and offers modern Scottish dishes and a range of grills. Some of the seafood - we were told by knowledgeable restaurant manager Gregor (who skilfully recommended wines) - comes from a boat with which the owners have a connection.
Starters included the freshest scallops, and a mouthwatering blue cheese tart. Seafood languini was topped with two big fresh langoustine and was a great hit. My lamb dish was full of rich flavours, if just a shade less pink than expected. A rhubarb tart was beautifully done - again, great pastry. Everything beautifully presented and professionally done... and enjoyed in an unstuffy atmosphere... indeed, in a fun and lively atmosphere.
The wine list is 4 pages long and the type way, way too small. However, Gregor recommended a fantastic reserve Rioja by the glass (about £6) and it proved easily the best wine either of us had tasted in some time - huge bouquet, plummy, wonderful with the lamb.
The One Below is the hotel's club and the 'I-Bar' is a technical curiosity. Put your glass down and the bar senses it, sending patterns racing across the top. But it was the New York club sorta feel that we really liked best - and the private arched booths with i-pod docks (play your own tunes).
It's been great to see the huge changes at the hotel and I would happily recommend it - and the truly good food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rutland Hotel is set right in the heart of the city centre at the west end of Princes Street boasting exceptional views of Edinburgh Castle. An elegant boutique hotel with twelve beautifully appointed guest rooms and 5 luxury serviced apartments. Three are 2-bedroom and 2 are 1-bedroom, 2 with a private garden. Our guests comfort and enjoyment is at the forefront of our minds with Arran Aromatics toiletries and Nespresso coffee machines coupled with little curios and a well-stocked mini bar in every room. The Rutland Hotel is also home to Kyloe Restaurant and Grill - a glorious gourmet steakhouse and The Huxley, a friendly, homely bar serving great burgers & dogs with carefully crafted cocktails. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rutland Hotel Edinburgh
- The Rutland Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland