Sheraton Grand, Edinburgh
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Besides the Sheraton Grand in London, the only other one in the UK is in Edinburgh.
Situated at the western end of Princes Street the hotel is a good 20 minute walk from Waverley train station, if you are arriving by train.
The welcome in reception is friendly and good to receive after a long journey.
Our castle view room was very spacious and as the name suggests has a view of Edinburgh castle.
The usual standard things you would expect in your room are there, such as tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary water in the fridge, free safe, good quality bed and bedding, a big flat screen TV, plenty of power sockets, quick and free Wi Fi and a well stocked bathroom.
If you reserve a Castle View Room you automatically get access to the Club Lounge on the 7th floor, where tea, coffee and snacks are available throughout the day. There is always plenty of shortbread too!
The Club Lounge was ideal to relax in after a day doing the sites in the city. It seemed to be very popular with the American guests staying at the hotel.
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The menu is quite extensive. If you are lucky you might even hear a Scottish piper, as when we were dining a private event was taking place in the adjacent room and the piper entered through the restaurant.
The steaks are all sourced from Scotland with details as to which farm they have come from. My Flat Iron Steak was excellent whilst desserts of Salted Caramel Mousse with Peanut ice cream and butterscotch sauce, along with Louis IX nine layers of chocolate gateau with a raspberry sauce were exceedingly 'moreish'.
Breakfast is like a royal spread with everything from porridge to a full Scottish breakfast with Ayrshire bacon and naturally haggis. A continental breakfast is also on the menu if preferred.
After all this food you will be pleased to know that you can burn it off with the complimentary access to the hydro pool and thermal suite in the on site spa, which also has a well equipped gym.
All the attractions of Edinburgh are within walking distance and if you are going to a concert at the Usher Hall, the venue is right opposite the hotel.
A well run hotel worthy of its 5 star status.
Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, 1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR
Telephone 0131 229 9131
Sheraton Grand, Edinburgh, 20th July 2017, 15:53 PM