Part of the PH Hotels’ group, The Roxburghe is a AA four-star hotel and spa located in a Georgian townhouse in an enviable location of Edinburgh city’s New Town, just steps from the buzzing bar and restaurant hub of Rose Street.
On top of the convenient location, the Roxburghe also offers guests complimentary Wi-Fi, a club lounge for guests booked into executive rooms and above, plenty of communal lounge areas, a spa with treatment rooms, swimming pool, sauna and steam room, as well as the onsite George Street bar and grill.
Still, the location is definitely the Roxburghe’s most distinguishing factor. Seconds away from Rose and Princes streets, the hotel is also just a short stroll from Waverley station, Edinburgh castle, and the Royal Mile, along with all other major attractions, and countless restaurants, cafes and bars.
We arrived at the hotel in the morning to see if we could drop off our luggage while we explored for the day before checking in. Our room happened to have been empty the evening before so it was ready for us, and reception was more than happy to get us settled in early.
We left our bags with the concierge and the receptionist took us up to our suite, pointing out different areas of the hotel along the way to help us get our bearings.
The hotel is large, with a total of 199 rooms and suites available. These range from standard single, double and twin rooms, to larger superior doubles, more luxurious deluxe double rooms to the exclusive junior suites.
We were taken up to the second floor, to the Adam’s suite. The suite was very spacious, with high ceilings, period features and furnished in red and gold tones. Fresh flowers were in a vase by the fireplace, and there was ample desk space and lounging area.
The ensuite bathroom was also spacious, with separate bath and shower, and single vanity with complimentary toiletries that also included cooling eye cream and lip balm along with the standard shampoo, conditioner and body wash. A sign was placed alongside the toiletries saying that if guests required or had forgotten any other essential toiletries, such as toothpaste or toothbrush, shaving cream or razor, reception would be more than happy to deliver them to the room with compliments. This was a really lovely touch.
By the bed were mints, and a relaxing lavender spray which was to spray on our pillows at night.
The George Street bar and Grill is a bar and restaurant located on the ground floor of the hotel, also open to walk-ins or reservations from the public. It offers casual, gourmet dining. The restaurant is spacious and light, affording a relaxed and contemporary dining experience, however we were both aware that the service wasn’t nearly to the same standard of that in the hotel itself.
Guests who book dinner inclusive packages at the hotel are offered a set menu, and an a la carte menu is also available. We dined from the a la carte menu.
For starters I enjoyed seared scallops and caramelised cauliflower puree, with granny smith apple and soaked sultana. My partner opted for pigeon breast and wild mushroom puree with wilted spinach, game jus and carrot crisps. Both starters were really tasty and were presented beautifully.
Our mains followed and were also delicious. I opted for the vegetarian pumpkin tortellini with parmesan cream, toasted pine nuts and radish. My partner enjoyed the roasted hake fillet with creamed potatoes, spinach, chorizo, mussels and white bean velouté.
With room left for dessert, I selected the apple tart satin, with toffee sauce and my partner chose the Scottish cheese board. These weren’t quite as impressive as the first two courses had been, and unfortunately the waitress didn’t take the time to explain the cheeses which arrived on the platter.
Overall we were thoroughly impressed with the quality of the food at the George Street grill, particularly enjoying our starters and mains. We were, however, slightly let down by the quality of the wait staff and service throughout the evening, which was inconsistent with the quality of service we’d received from the rest of the hotel staff.
There are so many options in Edinburgh for dining that we would recommend making sure that you do explore some other local culinary haunts throughout your stay. The George Street grill makes a convenient option for perhaps the night of your arrival, or after a particularly busy day exploring the local sites.
Breakfast is also served in the George Street bar and grill. Our reception in the morning was much more welcoming and hotel staff serving over breakfast were brilliant.
We were seated and offered tea or coffee, for teas the range included loose-leaf options and I took our waitresses recommendation of a white tea which was absolutely delicious.
The buffet offered a selection of fresh pastries and breads, cereals, fruits and juices. For hot breakfasts there are a range of options, including a full Scottish breakfast (served whole or as a pick and mix), or alternatives including salmon and scrambled eggs, smoked haddock with poached egg, and waffles with berry compote.
We both opted for the waffles, and thoroughly enjoyed every last bite.
The Roxburghe is a perfect option for those wanting to be located right in the heart of Edinburgh city. It makes a fantastic base for short leisure breaks where time is everything. It is also a good option for those travelling on business trips – especially with the extensive conference and lounge facilities available, and good quality Wi-Fi connections throughout the hotel.