The Witchery by the Castle Hotel, Edinburgh

Castlehill, Royal Mile, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF, United Kingdom. (show on map)

Expert reviews

Frommers review:

“This flamboyant and fabulously gothic bolthole is all your historical fantasies rolled into one. If it doesn’t make your pulse race, quite frankly you haven’t got one. James Thomson opened this restaurant with rooms in 1979 in a clutch of 16th-century buildings tucked away beneath the castle and it’s still, more than three decades later, the ultimate romantic retreat.”

Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in Edinburgh.

Lonely Planet review:

“Set in a 16th-century Old Town house in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, the Witchery’s nine lavish Gothic suites are extravagantly furnished with antiques, oak panelling, tapestries, open fires, four-poster beds and roll-top baths, and supplied with flowers, chocolates and complimentary champagne.”

CN Traveler review:

Gothic romance and dramatic grandeur rise to enchanting, theatrical levels at The Witchery by the Castle—it’s like The Phantom of the Opera in hotel form. Although the restaurant downstairs might be the main attraction, those looking for an intimate, lavish escape are hard-pressed to find anything more decadent than The Witchery’s nine suites.

Telegraph review:

“If Pugin designed Gothic revival love nests they would look like this: an outrageous riposte to modern minimalism realised in nine fantasy suites close by the gates of Edinburgh Castle. Essentially a restaurant with rooms, but nevertheless the perfect hideaway for incurable romantics.”

Guest rating

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4.6 out of 5.0

Ranked 5th in Edinburgh


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All you need to know

The Witchery by the Castle is an iconic Edinburgh boutique hotel located in the heart of the city. This stunning hotel is nestled in a historic building, originally constructed over 400 years ago, combining traditional elegance with modern sophistication.

Guests can enjoy the luxurious and unique suites, which offer views of the castle and the Edinburgh skyline. Each room accommodates two guests, and interior design elements include opulent fabrics, rich colors, four-poster beds, and red velvet, making it feel like you’ve been transported to a fairy-tale castle. This hotel has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Condé Nast Johansens Most Excellent Hotel Award and the Visit Scotland Five Star Hotel award.

The Witchery by the Castle is well-known for its fine dining experience, featuring fresh, local ingredients and a menu inspired by traditional Scottish cuisine. The hotel also offers a variety of other amenities, such as a private bar and lounge, an onsite spa, and a garden terrace. Guests can also enjoy complimentary WiFi access and a 24-hour concierge service.

The Witchery by the Castle is one of the best Edinburgh boutique hotels for guests seeking luxury and comfort. With its stunning views, exceptional service, and delicious cuisine, this hotel offers a truly unforgettable experience. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a corporate retreat, The Witchery by the Castle provides an unparalleled stay in Edinburgh.


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