City Chic

Lateral City Apartments in the heart of the capital capture the cosmopolitan feeling of Edinburgh with their Old Town Chambers Apartments just off Cockburn Street and their Merchiston Residence

Standing on our private balcony in the heart of the Old Town overlooking the bustling city lights of Princes Street and its Gardens I couldn’t imagine a more perfect marriage of city chic and a World Heritage Site. Opened in 2013 the Old Town Chambers consist of fifty unique and beautifully-appointed serviced apartments housed within an eclectic group of buildings including a 15th century house with zinc and timber-clad extensions adding a modern feel. We stayed in a studio apartment for two. But forget the conventional idea when you think of studio apartments, you know- bedroom come kitchen come bathroom come living space. No, this spacious apartment featured a beautiful living area with exposed brick work and Italian tiling. The sleek contemporary kitchen with all luxury modern amenities was accented by a dining area for four and a large living space with a Bose sound system and large TV. Just off the living area we had more space with a spacious balcony with seating area. The bedroom featured a dressing area, TV and a beautiful en-suite with a large range of luxury Cowshed toiletries. Housed within the building there is a well-equipped gym but we felt a glass of red on our balcony sounded like a better plan.

Along with our apartment, all contain the modern elements we are used to blended harmoniously with their historical surroundings. Many of the buildings period features have been kept and incorporated into the design. The colour palates and textiles used are a little reminder of the Scottish heritage of the site. Although I didn’t bring my four-legged better half, canine guests are allowed and are even given their own bed, a selection of treats and a guide for some great walks. Just a little reminder of how far Lateral City Apartments go to make you feel at home.

Just off the Royal Mile we felt as if we were in the heart of the historical town. Five minutes from stepping of the Borders Rail Way line at Waverley Station, we were welcomed as if we had just come home. With a range of places to visit, some of Scotland’s best shopping, things to do and numerous places to eat the only thing we were left to wonder was, why hadn’t we stayed sooner? TC

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