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After all those wee drams of single malt whisky and glimpses of the old court rooms of the Scottish kings, you can certainly find somewhere regal for your own stay in this ancient capital. Edinburgh luxury hotels range from a grand residential apartment hotel in the Georgian mansions of the New Town to a lavish medley of Victorian elegance in the UNESCO Old Town below the castle. Other choices rise above the parliament buildings of Holyrood, boasting pools and fine dining just steps from the start of the Royal Mile.

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You'll be greeted with warming tartan textiles and clean-look contemporary furnishings in the 4-star Leonardo Royal sitting close to the bustle of the Georgian Haymarket, and offering colourful bar spaces and vibrant lobbies. Feeling like a Scottish royal? There's a fusion of heritage and luxury to be found at the grand Scotsman Hotel. Carved Baroque facades soon give way to champagne lounges and the Dram & Scran whisky tasting rooms there. It's all about modern styles in the Apex Grassmarket Hotel, where the chic suites have access to a private pool and gym facility.

Where to find the best fine dining in Edinburgh

Enhance your stay at an Edinburgh luxury hotel with a journey through the capital's exclusive fine dining scene. The Old Town is a great place to start. It's awash with hearty Scottish pubs where choice Highland meat mingles with natural British flavours to create a cuisine that's at once traditional and experimental. Up in Leith, you can find a medley of more adventurous spots, whether that means a fusion of Gaelic and Francophone techniques or a penchant for uber-fresh North Sea fish. Haymarket, meanwhile, has excellent Eastern fare, with cutting-edge Indian haute cuisine and spicy Asian menus to choose from.

The most unique things to do in Edinburgh

There's perhaps no better example of the jet-set lifestyle than to wonder at the beautiful Forth Bridges and the ancient heart of Edinburgh by hopping on a helicopter and touring from the clouds – keep your eyes peeled for the Harry Potter-esque spires of Edinburgh Castle and the slopes of Holyrood Park in the distance. After that, how does a private tour of a whisky or gin distillery sound? That's your chance to delve into the more epicurean delights of the capital. And in the evening, you could head to the Royal Lyceum to see the latest world-class ballet or opera.

Best ways to get around Edinburgh

If you've sought out those Edinburgh luxury hotels to see the iconic Royal Mile and the soaring Edinburgh Castle complex, then you might only need to enlist the help of a private guide to stroll the city – it's the best way to feel truly immersed in the medieval character of the Old Town. There are efficient tram lines linking most major sights, too – from Edinburgh Airport to Haymarket, Murrayfield and Princes Street. Many exclusive hotels in Edinburgh will also have limo or chauffer rental options – just be sure to ask at the main desk.

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