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The Rutland Hotel
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

After much searching for a nice hotel for a 1 night stay in Edinburgh, we decided on the Rutland, due to the positive reviews it had received. I am such a fussy person that I always like to check what others think, although I know that there are some people who find fault no matter how lovely a place is. Room 4 has 3 large windows overlooking the west end of Princes Street (not a castleview). It was clean, chic with a huge bed. Good sound system and enjoyed the muffins! The pillows were comfy as I have a neck problem so this is important. No worries there, they were perfect. Slept well on the extremely comfy bed and not bothered by any noise from the streets. 1 wee thing about the shower bit - it would be beneficial for half blind people llike me to have a shelf for the toiletries at eye level, I had to sit the toiletries on the floor and they all look the same when your eyesight is -6.5! And also a cleaner had set off the fire alarm at 5:55 in the morning. AAAhh - got the fright of our lives as the alarm was over the bed. Well I thought at that time it was a false alarm and refused to move. Thankfully no "heroes" were needed. I would book here again though.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank bonnygirl
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Reviewed September 9, 2009

We stayed in a very, very cool room with everything we wanted and more (hair straighteners, ipod dock, flatscreen tv, ipod speakers even in the bathroom). The restaurant looked very modern which I’d expect, after seeing the ultra-chic bedroom, but we had already booked to eat elsewhere, so unfortunately didn’t get to try it. Staff at breakfast were attentive without being intrusive. We were surprised how quiet our room was, considering the hotel was so busy, and how close it is to the road.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank DylanNorth
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Reviewed August 27, 2009

Stayed 8/20-8/22 and again on 8/25. Room 7, first -- VERY CLEAN, VERY MODERN AND VERY COMFORTABLE -- king-size bed, tub/shower with jacuzzi, hair-dryer and flat iron provided along with electric tea-pot, coffee and tea. Room 3, second -- VERY CLEAN, VERY MODERN AND VERY COMFORTABLE -- double bed, walk-in shower, hair dryer and flat iron along with electric tea pot, coffee and tea. Quirks: design of both shower and jacuzzi (both rooms) allowed water to escape and puddle on floor. Vessel style sink in Room 7 worked very well, in Room 3, faucet dribbled when shut off and allowed water to puddle around the base and run off to the floor. Room 3 walk-in shower needs shelf for shampoo, etc. OTHERWISE, THE ABSOLUTE BEST FOR SERVICE, ACCOMMODATIONS, AND LOCATION! REPEAT: THE BEST! Was my first trip to Scotland and these accommodations far exceeded my expectations based on others' reviews. Both rooms would easily accommodate 2 adults, if necessary. I was over-the-top impressed with the staff and their willingness to insure my comfort. Borrow an umbrella -- we have one! Need a taxi -- we'll call one! Reservations for dinner at the hotel restuarant -- we'll make one right now! WOW! American hoteliers could take a few lessons!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled solo
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Thank ladypantera
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Reviewed July 30, 2009

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.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled on business
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Thank ScottishTravelGuide
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Reviewed May 13, 2009

Stayed here over the May Day weekend to play tourist in Edinburgh. Hotel was conveniently located for the tourist attractions and quiet even though on a busy street. Staff was very helpful, and suggested sites to see. Restaurant was excellent, and bar had great appetizers (loved the crab spring rolls). Room was clean. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled solo
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Thank CAMurphthesurf
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