Everyone loves a good story at Christmas time, so here’s what happened to you, when you spent Christmas in Edinburgh at The Dunstane!
A Warm Welcome
Wrapped up warm in your winter coat, you walk up the stone steps towards a stunning old building, unchanged on the outside since it was built in 1852. Through the main door you’re hit with the warmth inside and a friendly voice welcomes you to The Dunstane, as you make your way to reception. Christmas carols are playing, the cosy entrance hall is tastefully filled with Christmas decorations, a 7ft Christmas tree stands by the door and you’re sure you can smell something deliciously ‘Christmassy’ coming from the kitchen. You’re swiftly checked in and escorted to your room by the same friendly voice that welcomed you into your home from home this Festive season. At the door of your room, you’re not quite sure what to expect. Will it look like the pictures? Will it be smaller than you imagined? When the door opens you’re delighted with what you see, the Luxury room is exactly that – luxurious. The room is spacious and beautifully decorated, with a high ceiling, neutral tartan carpet and pale golden walls. Colour is splashed around the room, a regal red, perfect for that Christmas touch. It’s better than you imagined as you take a quick seat on the bed to test the mattress – not too hard, not too soft, but just right, as the story goes!
3pm, you make your way to the Stane Bar where you have been invited to join your hosts for a drink – on the house of course. You chat to the staff offering canapes and find out that the place to go in Edinburgh at Christmas, is the Christmas Markets in Princes Street Gardens. Finishing your drink you wrap up warm again, head outside into the cold and straight onto the number 12, 26 or 31 bus that takes you right up to Princes Street. After exploring the markets, picking up a few treats and warming yourself with a mulled wine you jump back on the bus to The Dunstane. Quick change and at 7pm you join the other guests in Skerries Restaurant for a welcome dinner. You’ll get a true taste of Orkney with a four-course menu and then you can test your wits against the other guests in a Christmas Quiz or go across the road to the local church for midnight mass. Then tuck yourself up in your king size bed and go to sleep quickly…otherwise Santa won’t come!
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…especially not any mice as there aren’t any at The Dunstane! If you do hear anything during the night, it’ll just be our Night Manager, Alan, keeping an eye on the house and wishing our friendly hotel ghosts a Merry Christmas!
You leap out of bed with excitement, or roll over and go back to sleep – depending whether you’re a morning person or not! Between 8am and 10am a festive breakfast will be laid out and served with Bucks Fizz. You made sure to leave room for lunch and wander over to the Stroma Lounge at 11:45 for a glass of bubbles and canapes, before heading across to Skerries for a fabulous 5 course lunch. You squeeze down petit fours and a hot cup of coffee and then spend the day playing with your presents, relaxing with us or taking a wander up into the city. By dinner time you’re a little peckish, so take advantage of the sandwiches laid out in Skerries. More drinks in Skerries finish up your wonderfully relaxing Christmas before you head to bed.
You’re sad to leave on Boxing Day. You fill up on your final full Scottish breakfast and head to reception to check out. Leaving the hotel takes forever, not because check out is slow, but because you feel you want to say goodbye to every guest and staff member you met whilst you were here. The Dunstane really does feel like a home from home and you’re already considering booking up for next Christmas already…we hope!