Welcome to The Dunstane Houses

A breath of fresh Orkney air in the heart of Edinburgh

Why book direct
  • Best rates – we’re never cheaper elsewhere
  • Free room upgrades for stays of 4 nights or more (Nov–Mar)
  • Bottle of Joseph Perrier champagne with suite bookings
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Reduced rates for local attractions

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Royal Jubilee Package

An experience fit for a Queen. Enjoy the best of Dunstane Houses and Edinburgh this Summer.

When it comes to Christmas markets, Edinburgh’s is up there with the best. From 18 November, for six weeks in the run-up to the big day, Princes Street Gardens are lined with stalls selling crafts, artwork and all manner of unexpected delights, sure to please even the pickiest on the Xmas list. And, after a hard day’s shopping, you need somewhere cosy to retreat to – and that’s where the Dunstane Houses come in.

Edinburgh Christmas Markets

Edinburgh is home to several different Christmas markets: including the traditional highland village Christmas market, an ethical Christmas fair and the Real Scottish Christmas fair where traditional Scottish food and beverages as well as traditional crafts and gifts are sold. Visitors will enjoy all the Christmas events that take place in Edinburgh, including an ice-skating rink, a Ferris wheel, the famous Hogmanay celebrations, which is the new-year party that last for four days with concerts, music and events.

The traditional Christmas market in Edinburgh (Edinburgh Christmas market) is held under the Mound, along the east Princes street gardens – from the National Gallery to the Mound precinct, around the Scott Monument, until you get to St. Andrew square, all of which only a 15-minute walk from our front door. In St. Andrew square you’ll find the Children’s Market – with a wide range of quality toys – and the Scottish Market where you will find food and drink and Scottish traditional crafts and gift ideas.

The Christmas Market in Edinburgh shows a selection of typical German cuisine, jewellery, candles, Christmas decorations, toys and crafts.  Among the drinks the mulled wine, famous Scotch whiskey, hot chocolate with rum and much more. The traditional and romantic Christmas market in the heart of Edinburgh city offers a unique shopping experience for every visitor with its fair of artisans, artists with souvenir shops and gastronomic surprises. It truly is special.

During the Christmas season the city is richly illuminated with Christmas lights and has many other attractions such as the Ferris wheel and the Winter Wonderland (a large outdoor ice-skating rink).


16 November 2018 – 5 January 2019

Opening hours

Every Day from 10:00 – 22:00

On the inauguration day the market opens at 17:00

To see the official Christmas Market website please click here.

Shopping Breaks in the Scottish Capital

Book a two-night stay this November or December and, as well as specially reduced rates, we’ll include a champagne-enhanced (and suitably festive) afternoon tea on one day of your stay, a two course meal with festive cocktail in our Ba’ Bar and of course, the full Scottish breakfast each morning.

And, because there’s always room for one more treat in the stocking, we’ll also throw in a £50 Harvey Nichols gift card to spend on anything you fancy – indulgent beauty treatment, an experience in the Chocolate Bar, or just an extra Christmas present to yourself.. To see more about this offer please click here.

To see more of our festive offers please click here.

Meanwhile, Back at The Dunstane

Once you’ve spent enough time enjoying the markets and Christmas shopping we will be waiting to serve you with the perfect evening meal in The Ba’Bar If you so wish, you can shut the winter outside and relax in your room with a nice long bath. Go ahead, spoil yourself, it’s Christmas.