Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Holiday World: Edinburgh with Style; Short Break Edinburgh's Always Worth a Visit - and Even More So When You Stay in Two of the City's Top Hotels, Says ALAN SIMS

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Holiday World: Edinburgh with Style; Short Break Edinburgh's Always Worth a Visit - and Even More So When You Stay in Two of the City's Top Hotels, Says ALAN SIMS

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Byline: ALAN SIMS

ANY TRIP to Edinburgh is a pleasure, with its imposing historic presence merging with lively shops and bars.

But within the attraction of Scotland's capital city there are some hotels worth exploring in their own right.

Two at the top of the list are The Scotsman and Malmaison.

They could hardly be more different in atmosphere and style, but have one thing in common - first class service.

The Scotsman is a grand, imposing building at the heart of the city, where it grew a reputation in a former life as home to the country's leading newspaper. The conversion is absolute, with the building working superbly as a hotel - but with echoes of the past in framed prints on the walls, and even with crockery personalised by newspaper crossword patterns.

The hotel combines original architecture with wonderfully crafted interior design. The result is an atmospheric masterpiece. It is impossible to wander through this fine building without thinking back to its proud days as a newspaper, yet its serenity and ambience now allows you to do so in quiet calm.

Everywhere, the two sides of Edinburgh come into play (not of the Robert Louis Stevenson 'Jekyll and Hyde' variety - though that story was set in the old part of town that still has alleys running off the Royal Mile just up from The Scotsman, which fire the imagination with darker images of the old city life that inspired the author). The split personality of the modern city is the old rubbing shoulders with the new. And in our room that is epitomised by a heavy wooden cabinet that changes into an entertainment package when, with the push of a hidden button, the top slides back and a big-screen TV rises into view.

This is Edinburgh: traditional and new, calm and crazy, historic and colourfully up-to-date. The magnificent castle stands silently looking across at bustling shops.

The cobbles and narrow streets of the Royal Mile have modern bars and burst with life. …

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