I have to admit I have passed Dunstane House Hotel twice a day for the majority of my life without ever being inside. I always thought it looked beautiful; a real tourist haven in the heart of Murrayfield. So when I was offered the chance to take a peek, I jumped at the chance.
I’m not sure what I expected. I knew it would be luxurious from the beautiful invitation and the overall stature of the building itself, but what I found inside was incredible.
From the outset you will notice the distinctly Scottish feel of Dunstane House Hotel; it makes sense given the owners hail from Orkney. The Scottish artistic touches throughout every room and public area ensure you feel like you are strolling through an art gallery. Designed by the incredible Hannah Lohan, no area of the hotel has been untouched by her stunning eye for detail. Various intricate touches add to the luxurious feel of the place; from beautifully unique mini bars, to local imagery adorning the walls, to head boards, copper baths, rugs, books and more.
The main thing that struck me was the atmosphere – one of elegance and beauty but homely at the same time. The event, to celebrate the relaunch of the hotel, was busy but never overly so. The entire place was open for guests to view and celebrate a stunning revamp. There were delicious canapes and drinks on offer in The Ba’ Bar , with special attention drawn to a unique Orkney gin, Kirkuvagr, served in a large stunning tap.
Each room has its own theme; some sensual, others peaceful, all set to impress. They all have their own en-suite, others with an additional separate bath area. The atmospheric weather outside only served to heighten the romanticism of the hotel, but rest assured on our rare sunny days, Dunstane House Hotel has a beautiful garden area to sit in.
I imagine that staying somewhere like this, where you have your own piece of heaven but also the opportunity to eat and socialise with other guests, can only mean that once you arrive, you never want to leave. It is also the ideal place to stay for locals; it is not somewhere you simply sleep but somewhere you enjoy for hours or days.
Should you not be able to visit for an opulent night or two, then make sure you at least stop by for some afternoon tea, dinner or drinks. We were able to sample some produce last night and it was absolutely delicious. With scallops, salads, meat dishes and more, in such a beautiful surrounding you are set to have a wonderful time.
Dunstane House Hotel is the kind of place where if the weather is wild and I’m looking to escape into a peaceful little cocoon, I will run to. I can think of nothing more lovely than soaking into a hot bubble bath, champagne in hand, looking forward to going absolutely nowhere for a day or two. In fact, it’s looking pretty peaky outside now. Fancy it Phil?