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The Witchery by the Castle

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Certificate of Excellence
Hidden in a collection of historic buildings at the gates to Edinburgh Castle, James Thomson's Witchery is the most spectacularly atmospheric dining destination in the city. The stunning decor and legendary food have ensured the Witchery by the Castle has become a much loved Edinburgh institution. Dine in the rich baroque surroundings of the original oak-pannelled Witchery or among the elegant candle-lit charms of the Secret Garden. There are also 9 theatrical suites - perfect for those looking to stay in the most indulgent settings. Lavishly decorated, our suites scream romance with a capital R! Whether you stay or dine The Witchery is an unforgettably magical experience.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Air conditioning
Refrigerator in room
Accessible rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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Historic Hotel
Centrally Located


Full view
100Great for walkers
Grade: 100 out of 100
277Restaurantswithin 0,5 km
174Attractionswithin 0,5 km
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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My family and friends stayed here and I must say the rooms were lovely. Old fashioned with amazing decor and layout is stunning. However we had dinner in the restaurant where we ended up leaving very disappointed. My step dad had the ribeye steak which was a very thin piece
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My husband and I stayed here for one night as a treat and were not disappointed! The Sempill Suite is stunning, spacious and has everything you could want in a luxury hotel experience...including champagne and freshly baked biscuits on arrival. The service is fantastic, nothing
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Took my office of 6 couples to stay at the Witchery on Saturday, the suites are simply amazing, a very special place indeed, if you want to stay in Edinburgh for a special occasion then stay at The Witchery you will not be disappointed, it is fabulous I will be back and soon!
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First visit last night and was amazed. The food is amazing. Infact the whole experience was amazing. Staff were polite and tentative. It's a little treasure of Edinburgh. Looking forward to going back.
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This is our second night here however we stayed in a different suite. The old rectory - gothic heaven. Even had an alter in our room. Staff very attentive, cleanliness second to none. The room was just filled with treasure after treasure. My only disappointment was the shower
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Hi, usual rules really, 10% for a meal and a couple of pounds for the bellboy etc... no real need but give what you think is deserved/earned.
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We are traveling with our children, daughters ages 9 and 11. Are children welcome?
The witchery is not suitable for children. The suites only have a double bed. However their sister hotel Prestonfield is more suitable and equally as gorgeous.
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What time is check out please?
Check out is 12 o'clock. Check in from 3pm. You can leave luggage there if you arrive early or want to stay later.
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Are there separate showers in any of the rooms or just the bathtubs?
Old rectory and turret have a separate shower to the bath. Heriot only has a hand held shower with the bath. All the others have a shower over the bath.
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Do all guest rooms have a TV?
Ours did. I believe they all do.
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"The Armoury"
"Get a room in the main building, and query accessibility if that might present a problem to any of your party."
"BEFORA YOUR GO, check other places in the area"
"Rooms can be on either side of the road."
"Front rooms are obviously noisier as they face the Royal Mile. Some suites require a lot of stair to climb. Just ask staff when booking."
US$480 - US$905 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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