This weekend we escaped Glasgow and crossed the country to Edinburgh for a night away in a hotel. There's something so lovely about getting away for the weekend and having a change of scene. I love escaping to a hotel for the night, it always feels like such a treat doesn't it! And I couldn't have asked for a better place to escape to than the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel.
As soon as we entered the hotel we were made so welcome. Beside the reception desk the bar was buzzing and the whole place just had such a nice feel to it with everyone around excited for their weekend adventures.
We soon headed up to the top floor and settled into our room!
Located in the historic and beautiful old town the hotel is right beside the Royal Mile, with the magnificent Holyrood Palace just next door and stunning views over Arthur's Seat! I always think that Edinburgh is just such a picturesque city and it couldn't be more perfect place to get away with your other half.
Once we had settled in we headed out to explore. We wandered up the cobbled streets of The Mile, watching the street performers who were bravely facing the cold, and admiring the beautiful old buildings that line the street. It's definitely one of the most romantic cities to wander round arm in arm, getting lost in the culture. Soon the cold got the best of us and we decided it was time to head back and do a little bit of relaxing.
The Macdonald Hotel also boasts a lovely spa and pool. The spa offers all your favourite treatments and pool is the perfect place to chill out with a swim and there's also a gym - if you're that way inclined!
We had a long relaxing swim before heading back upstairs to spend some time chilling out before getting ready for dinner!
With a huge drench shower and massive mirror the bathroom is everything a girl could ask for a bit of pampering before a night out.
So pop the lippie on and get yourself all dolled-up!
We popped down to the bar to enjoy a flute before our dinner reservations. The Bar in the hotel had a really nice ambience and always seemed busy, but not crowded, with all kinds of different groups enjoying their time away. It was really lovely to just relax and chat away, planning holidays for the year and giggling away at old stories.
The restaurant in the hotel, The Acanthus, is a stylish setting that has a air of luxury to it. With a brasserie style dining it's got a really wonderful atmosphere and it's so easy to sit back, relax and enjoy each others company over a long and lovely meal.
Get yourself a chilled glass of white wine and browse the mouth-watering menu.
The food was lovely and was something a bit more special than the standard hotel food that you do tend to get. The menu was filled with classic dishes that were all deliciously cooked. I went for the monkfish dish to start, sublime and then pork belly and lentils that was deliciously cooked and so tasty.
The Holyrood Hotel is perfectly positioned for a few drinks after dinner and if you're in the mood you won't have to go far to find the perfect place for a one or two (or three, or four) gin and tonics after dinner. Buuuuuuut the don't forget that the biggest, comfiest bed is waiting for you upstairs and sometimes snuggling up with a movie under the fluffiest duvet is a much more appealing option!
We really did have the loveliest stay at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel. It was the perfect nights getaway and I would thoroughly recommend it. Plus we all know that Valentines Day is coming up, so if you're looking for a romantic city to escape to with your other half then Edinburgh really is a fabulous choice and the Macdonald Hotel is the perfect place to stay! Everything about it was just magical and the beautiful rooms, enchanting atmosphere and delicious menu just made our weekend.
A huge thank you to Macdonald Hotels for having us, we can't wait to come back!
*** This is a collaborative post, but all views are my own. Obvs.