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This weekend I was whisked away to the fabulous city of Edinburgh. Having never visited before and hearing rave reviews from family, friends and customers alike, I was rather excited to say the least! I’d heard all sorts of wonderful things about the Scottish capital, from the people to the shopping, attractions to the history, so I set off on Friday ready to take it all in. Because we managed to cram so much into the break, I’ve split it into two parts, so here’s Part 1 of what I got up to on my short break in Edinburgh…
The 5* Sheraton Grand Hotel
Now, working for a travel company does have its perks, and staying in luxury 5* hotels is most certainly one of them! I’ve only ever stayed 5* once before, so this was an extra special treat. Pulling up outside the hotel we were greeted by a very friendly porter, more than happy to take our luggage and notify the representative of our arrival. The lobby area oozes contemporary design but keeps its tradition with subtle tartan influences and a very impressive stag-embossed reception. On entering the huge twin room I was pleased to see that we did indeed have a castle-view room – a gorgeous sight on a sunny day in Edinburgh. A large flat-screen TV, tea & coffee making facilities and super-soft beds awaited us as expected, however the fun inclusion of ‘rainbow lighting’ in the bathroom was an exciting discovery!
A quick freshen up and off we went for a 3-course meal in the One Square Restaurant. As a fussy eater I’m always weary of eating in ‘posh’ places, but as I glanced over the menu I couldn’t have been happier – Beetroot with Connage Highland Crowdie to start, Pot Roast Chicken with a Smoked Garlic Sauce for my main, and the completely over-indulgent Sticky Toffee Pudding, Poporn Ice Cream and Extra Toffee Sauce for dessert. Words can’t do this meal justice. It was delicious!
As soon as my head hit the cloud-like pillow I was asleep and ready to take on my first full day in the city. Obviously, I couldn’t stay in such an establishment without testing the full Scottish breakfast, so another visit to the restaurant ensued to sit in the fabulous morning sun with a glass of fresh orange juice. After such a wonderful evening meal, my expectations of breakfast were high, and to no surprise I wasn’t disappointed.
Then came my favourite part of the whole trip – spa time! As one of the very few hotels in the UK to offer an outdoor hydro-pool, I had to try it out. Perfect temperature, perfect bubbles, perfect view, perfect everything…did I mention it was perfect?! The spa also offers a host of saunas and steam rooms to be visited in a certain order, all doing something even more magical to your skin than the last. Relaxed and ready to take on the sightseeing, we checked out of The Sheraton Grand Hotel.
I must thank The Sheraton Grand Edinburgh representatives who took care of us during our stay. The friendly service and obvious love for the hotel made the stay even more enjoyable.
Seeing as we were only in Edinburgh for a couple of days, we decided to take one of the City Sightseeing Bus tours around the city to see all it has to offer. Edinburgh Castle is in your sights from almost everywhere in the city, and boy does it make an impression. The Royal Mile, George Street, Holyrood Palace and everything in-between are what make Edinburgh such a fabulous place to visit. We’d noticed during our evening meal that The Sheraton Grand offers a selection of Afternoon Teas, so, being from Yorkshire, it was our duty to test these out. Much to the delight of my fellow Superbreaker’s, there was also a ‘Gin Afternoon Tea’ on the menu, and what arrived was nothing short of extraordinary. Stacks of cakes, scones and sandwiches followed by huge teapots of gin cocktail arrived. Needless to say, a good time was had by all! After enjoying the Grand National in the hotel bar, it was off to our next hotel for the rest of the trip…
Read Part 2 to find out what happened during the remainder of our trip!