CHECKOUT: Chester Residence, Edinburgh


Located in Edinburgh’s fashionable west end, the Chester Residence comprises a series of chic townhouses, just a stone’s throw from Princes Street and the city’s main attractions. It is a lovely bolthole for a short break in the capital, combining all the best bits of an upmarket hotel with the bonus of luxury self-catering apartments. There are one and two-bedroomed apartments, including the cosy two-bed mews flat we stayed in – ideal for families as it has plenty of space.


Big, comfortable beds with chic bed linen and opulent furnishings mean that after a hard day shopping and sightseeing in Edinburgh, a good night’s sleep is a given.


We went out for coffee and croissants, but you can order in if you prefer – the Chester Residence kitchens will provide generous continental breakfasts delivered to your apartment door, everything from Scottish smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, to Belgian waffles with Canadian maple syrup. You can also order a luxury hamper, for £55, which includes a variety of goodies – wine, raspberry lemonade, pate, oatcakes, popcorn and more..


The Chester Residence townhouses are in a quiet spot, surrounded by elegant architecture and leafy gardens. It is a very short walk to the New Town, the historic Old Town and all the delights of Princes Street and the city’s main attractions. We took a walk through Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh's breathing space, and visited the Scottish National Gallery to marvel at the masterpieces. Dynamic Earth and Camera Obscura, plus the historic castle, are a stone’s throw away if you have more time to explore.


If you feel like really pushing the boat out, there is the fantastic Owners' Residence, complete with Jacuzzi, bespoke Louis Vuitton furnishings and private cinema room.

Apartments at the Chester Residence (, 0131 460 2828) cost from £134 per night.

Admission is free to both Princes Street Gardens and the Scottish National Gallery.