No.1 Visits: The Bonham Hotel


bonham hotel review

Great location? Check. Gorgeous interiors? Absolutely. Helpful staff? Of course. This Edinburgh boutique hotel really has it all…

There is just something so captivating about Edinburgh. No matter how many times I visit, the city continues to draw me in.

From the stunning architecture to the rich history and the abundance of places to eat and drink, any trip to the capital truly does feel like you’re going on holiday (even if it is just a short staycation).

So, of course, when you’re going on your ‘holidays’ you want nothing short of luxury. And that’s exactly what The Bonham Hotel offers – utter decadence.

Following an extensive refurbishment, which is rumoured to have cost a staggering £3 million, I can honestly report that The Bonham is up there with some of the finest accommodation Edinburgh has to offer.

Including all 49 bedrooms and their snug (a small room that you can hire out for private events or dining), the refurb also marked the launch of their exquisite new bar and restaurant, No.35 at The Bonham – but more on that and the wonderful food later.

As I made my way around the hotel, I could tell they have cleverly combined the original Georgian architecture with a touch of modernity.

Keeping many of the original features, including traditional wood panelling, stained glass windows and the stunning hand-painted ceiling, The Bonham has also added in a few luxe touches such as forest green and rich purple velvet chairs, crystal chandeliers and an Art Deco themed bar, making it the perfect boutique-style hotel.

We were staying in a Junior Suite and when I opened the door I was pleasantly surprised. Often, when it comes to hotels in the city, space is something that you may need to compromise on. Yes, a room may have the perfect location or beautiful decor, but finding a room that’s a decent size can be tricky. With The Bonham, I found that there was more than enough space to relax and get ready without tripping over each other.

With a huge king-size bed, a beautiful sofa, a massive bathroom (equipped with both a power-shower and a bath), I could tell I made a mistake in only staying one night and not two.

Plus, skincare lovers will be delighted to hear that all of the mini complimentary toiletries are from The White Company. From shampoo and conditioner to body lotion and soap, you really needn’t pack much as they supply it all.

Once we had unpacked, we decided to head out for the afternoon for some fresh air. That’s another bonus of The Bonham, it is located in Edinburgh’s West End and an easy five minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Princes Street and George Street.

After a quick stroll through Princes Street Gardens, we arrived back at the hotel for dinner. As I perused the menu I found it hard to narrow down my choice.

From seafood and chicken to beef or lamb with a few veggie options listed too, I finally decided on Orkney scallops to start, followed by Atlantic cod and wild garlic fettuccine pasta. My dining partner opted for the signature Bonham bread platter with balsamic vinegar then chicken ballotine with mushrooms.

We both agreed it was one of the tastiest meals we’ve had and were pretty stuffed so decided that it would be wise to skip dessert. However, we did indulge in a G&T at the bar.

After a peaceful night’s sleep in the suite’s incredibly comfy bed, we made our way downstairs for breakfast. Here, we had even more delicious food and could choose from a continental or full Scottish breakfast.

From the great location to the stunning interiors and helpful staff, all in all The Bonham Hotel in Edinburgh ticks every box!

From £179
per room, per night
This includes overnight accommodation, dinner and breakfast. Prices may vary depending on time of year.

Visit: The Bonham Hotel, 35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh, EH3 7RN

Eve MacDonald

I write features and web articles on everything from fashion, beauty and interiors to food, drink and real life. If you're looking to get in touch, please contact me on: evemacdonald@no1magazine.co.uk