The Bonham Hotel: Mixing Business with Pleasure

Photo Courtesy The Bonham Hotel 


Contributor Beth Hoke mixes a little business with pleasure at the luxurious Bonham Hotel in Edinburgh’s exclusive West End


Located in a crescent lined with stately Victorian mansions, the 5-star Bonham Hotel is just a stroll away from Edinburgh‘s Princes Street. This busy thoroughfare in the heart of the city is known for its award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping, and unparalleled views of Edinburgh Castle.

Once you check in at the hotel, you may never want to leave, though. The on-site restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence, the guest rooms and public spaces are luxurious, and the property’s art collection is museum-worthy.

Bonham Hotel exterior - This is Edinburgh
The 5-star Bonham Hotel is located in Edinburgh’s ritzy West End neighbourhood (Photo: This is Edinburgh)


Built in the 19th century as three separate townhouses, the buildings were originally home to wealthy Scottish families and their servants. The property later became a private medical clinic and then a residence hall for students at the University of Edinburgh. It wasn’t until the end of the 20th century that it became one of the first Edinburgh boutique hotels.


The Bonham Hotel – One of the Best Hotels in Edinburgh


A recent refurbishment maintained many of the building’s original architectural details. Rich wooden paneling, ornamental cornices, coffered ceilings, and carved doorways were restored to their former glory, and traditional period furnishings and features were added.

This charming Edinburgh hotel’s historic past in no way overshadows its modern conveniences and luxurious amenities. Guests will enjoy complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and USB charging ports in their rooms as well as handcrafted Hypnos mattresses, toiletries from The White Company’s Noir collection, and Segafredo coffee machines. Executives who book the meeting and event spaces will find them equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and flat-screen televisions.

The Bonham Hotel bedroom with large seating area
Guest rooms feature rich colours and gilded accents that complement the period furniture (Photo courtesy The Bonham Hotel)


The guest rooms and common areas are styled with rich colors and gilded accents that complement the period furniture. Plush armchairs and sofas in the Library, the Snug, and the Dean Suite are perfectly placed to bask in the warmth from a crackling fireplace or admire the view of Drumsheugh Gardens from the bay windows. All three exclusive event spaces can be booked for business meetings, socials, or private dinners.


The Bonham Edinburgh Features Superlative Dining


No 35 at the Bonham, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, can also be reserved for groups of up to 60 guests or divided into two adjoining spaces for a cocktail reception and dinner for gatherings of 40 or fewer guests. The restaurant specializes in locally sourced European cuisine and is open daily for breakfast, dinner and afternoon tea. Lunch is served Wednesday through Sunday afternoons.

 A recent addition to The Bonham is The Richard H Driehaus Collection. This remarkable collection of artwork includes oil portraits, landscapes, and watercolors from internationally renowned artists and a curated selection of lighting, the crown jewel of which is an original Tiffany floor lamp that can be found in the reception area.

The Bonham Hotel bar and lounge with shelves and armchairs
Luxurious lounges and chic seating are even better when accompanied by cocktails from No 35 (Photo courtesy The Bonham Hotel)


Part of the prestigious family of Bespoke Hotels, The Bonham Hotel offers each and every guest impeccable service in a one-of-a-kind setting. For your next corporate event, introduce your colleagues and clients to an unparalleled experience at this historic property.

To learn more about what is undoubtedly one of the top Edinburgh hotels, as well as the latest reviews, rates, and reservations, visit The Bonham Hotel. 




Contributor Beth Hoke is a freelance travel and lifestyles writer.


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