The Witchery by the Castle

The Royal Mile, Castlehill, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2NF, United Kingdom

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  • Couples85
  • Solo83
  • Business66
  • Witch_No1's Profile Photo

    Once in a lifetime


    You enter a tiny, almost claustrophobic Jollie's Close, you go up the stairways and enter a breathtaking suite. You feel like you are stepping into a completly different world - filled with drama, gothic feel and beauty. Very private Armoury Suite wraps you with intense reds and purples, gold and black, woodwork and antiques, welcomes you with a bottle of a chilled champagne. There are beauty and decadent romance hidding in every corner. Spacious suite overwhelms you with the intensity and decadence. Bite into it and leave a real world outside the suite; let it be bleak, distant and not important - for at least one day.

    Unique Quality: The stay in this Hotel was a highlight of our honeymoon, and it was, indeed, one of the most amazing experiences in Scotland. The facilities and accommodations are above and beyond. Please understand, you cannot compare this hotel to any other hotel in the area or maybe even on the world. If you set The Witchery as your standard, every other hotel will be bleak and unsatisfying.
    The place is decorated in a right way: yes, it is over the top, yes, it is overwhelming, but at the same time it is very tasty and stylish.
    Also, I would recommend not staying there longer than two days. Why? - Well, I personally think that the long stay will make the stay less special (unless you are the kind of person that doesn't care about beauty of experiences, and can eat truffles like M&Ms)

    Directions: Left side of the Royal Mile just before the Castle Esplanade

  • Paisleypaul's Profile Photo

    Inimitable and unique experience


    One of those experiences that you just know words cannot convey to whosoever has not shared it, photographs do not do it justice either. A total of seven suites, The Inner Sanctum and Old Rectory are joined by five others across the road on Castlehill. TV & DVD players that appear from upholstery in the floor, four poster beds, bathrooms like nothing you can imagine, champagne on ice included in the price, Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta honeymooned here, sharing a guestbook with entries like a who's who of celebrity, including Matt Groening and Jack Nicholoson.

    Unique Quality: Very gothic surround in 17th century building belies level of comfort and service. Variety across the seven rooms which all have a unique character - although the Semphill Suite room has now become the blue print for Prestonfields House

    Directions: Stone's throw from the Castle foc'sle

  • The ultimate romantic setting


    I have been lucky enough to spend two nights here and it is one of the most magical places I have ever been. It's pricey, yes, but it really feels like a once in a lifetime experience.

    Unique Quality: Chilled champagne will be waiting in your suite, along with biscuits, truffles, and tablet. The service and facilities are flawless as onbe would expect, but the main reason for coming here is the general ambience, which is, simply, singular. If you get the chance, stay here. You will remember it forever.

    Directions: On the lefthand side of the Royal Mile just before you reach the Castle Esplanade

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    The Witchery (V)


    The Bedroom was large and dominated by a huge 4 poster bed. This was so high, it had steps to climb onto it! At the end of the bed was an "entertainment centre" which was an ottoman containing a DVD and widescreen TV, which raised and lowered at the press of a button. Very swish.

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    The Witchery (IV)


    The bathroom was nice, with a big, deep pot bath, stood on legs and below a huge "watering can" shower rose. The room was also filled with candles. Susan took great care not to set off the smoke alarms with these candles... ;-)

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    The Witchery (III)


    This is the living room - it had a very strange "sofa" or "chair" - dunno what it was. It seated 4 but they all face away from each other, facing out from the centre of the room. Unusual and elegant, but hardly "romantic" lol. We didn't spend much time in this room, mainly just the bedroom and bathroom (hey, it was an anniversary weekend!).

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    The Witchery (II)


    The "rooms" are actually all suites. You get a reception room, a living room, a bathroom and a huge bedroom. All of the furniture, decorations and hangings are "period pieces" and quite luxurious. There was champage waiting for us in the reception room when we arrived...

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    The Witchery By The Castle


    £200 per night.

    Unique Quality: A very select location - only 6 suites in the entire building, all richly decorated and highly featured, and with an award winning restaurant.

    Famous people such as Ewan Macgregor, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jack Nicholson, Dannii Minogue & Jaques Villeneuve have all stayed here.

    Directions: At the top of The Royal Mile, on the left just before Edinburgh Castle

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Better Than Last Time

by A TripAdvisor Member

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Inner Sanctum and the Armoury suites at the Witchery. They are both excellent and rather large suites, full of atmosphere. (Try closing the doors to the ante room of the armoury - big surprise there).

Admittedly not everything in the suites are up to scratch; particularly the squeakiness of the antique cabinet used to house the Inner Sanctum's TV. This is more a case of an antique behaving like its age however, and really no biggie. As if people stay at The Witchery to watch TV.

In our last visit to the Witchery a year ago, its restaurant served meager rations of incredible food. This year however, the same quality is retained but with more value for money. The restaurant is expensive though, but the food is worth it.

The breakfast served at the restaurant is good, but the continental breakfast served at your suite is clearly the way to go. Exquisite yoghurt among other things, in portions that Luther Vandross couldn't handle.

Finally, I'd like to mention the staff. Not pretentious at all, they were brilliant at their work and even a little chatty if you want to talk to them. If you're a generous tipper, you'll have to chase them down in order to give them your change; they run away instead of expecting anything.

Basically the hotel is just a great backdrop for your fantasies, and you'll want to keep coming back.


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Forum Posts

Withhery restaurant

by ceolbeag

Would a sports coat, tie and slacks be appropriate to wear when dining at the Witchery restaurant in Edinburgh Scotland

RE: Withhery restaurant

by poet123

The Witchery is quite a hip place so you probably wont even need a tie, smart casual should be fine but if you are worried call ahead and ask.

RE: RE: Withhery restaurant

by jetset05

hi when i went there for dinner i just wore trousers and a shirt ,cool place for dinner have a great time


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Address: The Royal Mile, Castlehill, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2NF, United Kingdom