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Why book direct

  • Best rates – we’re never cheaper elsewhere
  • Free room upgrades for stays of 3 nights or more (Nov–Mar)
  • Bottle of Joseph Perrier champagne with suite bookings
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Reduced rates for local attractions

When Derek and Shirley purchased The Dunstane House 20 years ago, things we’re a little different to what they are now. Over the years with a lot of enthusiasm, time and money re-invested, The Dunstane Houses has had a complete transformation and is now one of Edinburgh’s most beloved boutique hotels. In fact, The Dunstane Houses have just been voted the best boutique hotel in Scotland at the annual Scottish Hotel Awards. To find out more about Derek and Shirley’s store please click here. 

In 2007 Derek and Shirley also acquired another Victorian gem across the road, now the Hampton House. After a complete refurbishment it was reopened in 2008.

The next decade saw plenty of change and innovation across the Dunstane’s two buildings – an updated interior here, an added in-room perk there – but it wasn’t until late 2016 that a new chapter opened. For the first time since they’d landed at the Dunstane, Shirley and Derek began a massive refurbishment project, determined to turn one of the best hotels in Edinburgh into one of the finest in the UK.

The main Dunstane building was refurbished from top to toe to create distinctive, individual bedrooms and sumptuous suites that seamlessly combined contemporary luxury with period character.

Reopened under a new(ish) name in April 2017, The Dunstane Houses now represent the best of modern Edinburgh, with a unique all-day dining lounge and bar that celebrates Scottish produce (including of course, a rarified whisky selection), a passionate team who always go out of their way to meet guests’ needs, and timeless neoclassical-inspired interiors.

In 2018 The Hampton House across the road received yet another refurbishment and is now elegantly styled to match the theme of the main building.

Although the atmosphere and visual character of The Dunstane Houses is a tribute to its Edinburgh setting, its Orcadian soul is never far from sight. Derek and Shirley’s Orkney heritage and culture informs everything from the photography on the walls by the front desk to the names of the hotel’s suites. What a journey it’s been, we can’t wait to see what the future holds, this year we’ve been nominated for several awards, to see which please click here.