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Historical Traveler Reviews The Witchery by the Castle Edinburgh
It has only taken me 7 months to write this, as I have only just found the usefulness of Trip Advisor.
I can't tell you how much we loved this place... We stayed for 2 nights for our first wedding anniversary and it was the perfect hideaway. A great location, total over the top luxury and great friendly staff who made it a real joy to stay there. The restaurant was beautiful too and the fab baskets bring breakfast to your room were the perfect start to the day - highly recommended.
Interesting, but hardly luxury.
After viewing the rave reviews on this and other sites, my wife and I stayed here in June. Booked 3 nights, checked out after 2 which says much. Stayed in the Inner Sanctum. Eclectic, certainly. Luxurious, not even close. Frayed carpets, leaking shower (bathroom carpet was sodden), TV cabinet door hanging off, lights not working. In general, impressive at first look but really tatty if you look harder. First night no turn down service, so second night we turned bed down ourselves to find, yes, they came in and made it up again. Weird. Secret Garden restuarant very well presented, Witchery less so and same menu which was disappointing. OK for 1 night but no more. And be prepared for the 5am garbage truck right outside the window.
Gracious living and then some !!!
25th march 2004 have just spent the most wonderful night at The Old Rectory Suite in the Witchery. given to us as a 40th anniversay gift by a friend we could not have imagined such luxury, it is a real step back in time - no matter what age you are anyone would enjoy this amazing experience. The suite is superbly designed and the bathroom is an absolute joy. The staff are most welcoming and the service excellent.
guess what i will give my son and his wife for their next anniversary present ??
A little bit of magic at the bottom of the hill!
On searching the net recently for a hotel in Edinbrugh I came across this site and the lovely recommendations of The Witchery. So much so that I had to check it out! Fortunately, they must have had a cancellation because my partner and I managed to book "The Gaurd Room".
And I can honestly say that it was the most enjoyable and relaxing experience I have ever had, with its beautifully decorated rooms and bathroom. We also had dinner in the evening in "The Secret Garden"..
the food was fantastic, the service was excellent and the ambience of it all was unforgettable... it was extremely hard to leave!
The Witchery was Bewitching!!
We stayed at The Witchery on a blustery day in September. We have stayed in many romantic bed and breakfasts along the east coast of the United States and none will ever compare. We chose the Lord Semphill Suite. Trust me, eventhough there are no pictures of it on their website, it has to be the most romantic. We had a whole flat to ourselves, which included a kitchen, 2 sittingrooms, a glorious bathroom and our bedroom. Each room had controls to the lighting. The bathroom floor was heated with a large tub for two and all the amenties you can imagine. The bedroom was beautiful. Gosh, even the hall to each of the rooms was ornate, with dimming lights and velvet curtains. I cannot say enough about this inn. It is well worth money, if not only for it's location so close to the castle.
My wife and I spent our honeymoon at The Witchery and the only reason I havent written a review previously is because I didnt want any of you to know of our secret place.This really was the most romantic venue I have ever been. The staff were amazing, paying the most unbelievable attention to even the most minor details.On our first evening we enjoyed a superb meal in the Secret Garden and returned to our room to find it immersed in the glow of candles with the log fire burning and soft music playing. I can not fault anything about The Witchery except that when I tried to book upon our departure for our anniversary, it was already fully booked.Damn you whoever stole my reservation.If you try nothing else in Edinburgh, try the Witchery, it has all of the romance, glamour, style and history that the city is famous for.
We have visited many romantic places throughout the world including Paris, The Bahamas, The Maldives, however, the Witchery is still our favourite place to stay. Having visited whenever we can over the last 3 years I have yet to find anything other than diving into a freezing cold swimming pool that could take my breath away to the extent of entering the Inner Sanctum for the first time. Service is totally personal, unobtrusive and of the highest standard, I would describe it as service excellence. If you ever have the opportunity to spend even one night at the Inner Sanctum or the Old Rectory then do it, put it on the list of things to do before you die. We shall be returning in November for another unforgettable experience.Tricia G
The Witchery - Edinburgh's finest !!!!
I went to the witchery in april 2003 for a three night break . We stayed in 3 different suites, favourites were the old rectory- (amazing bathroom) and the inner sanctum . the staff were the best and Roxy the head of housekeeping is an absolute star !!!! I cant praise the service or the staff enough they truly made my stay first class. Nothing was too much trouble. Pol Roger Champagne upon arrival ( churchills fave ) wonderful breakfasts and excellent restaurants made The Witchery a firm favourite.The Plaza in New York could learn a few things about service from this place.***** five stars
Most romantic hotel ever
This was quite frankly the best hotel experience I have had in the UK. The rooms were amazing- fantastic ornate decorations with such attention to detail; the suite consisted of 2 ante rooms as well as the bathroom and bedroom. Each one is different. Its not suprising that I am the only reviewer: I had to book up 10 months in advance to get a room for a Saturday night- its harder getting a room here than it is getting a table at teh Ivy. But worth every penny.