Classical Apartment on Royal Mile

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Lawnmarket, Edinburgh , Midlothian EH1 2PB, United Kingdom
Your host, Calim
100 Reviews
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The Space

Romantic and stylish apartment within yards of Edinburgh Castle.

Well, I've taken the plunge and decided to be a host with my home here on Airbnb. I've already had some great people come and stay, so I welcome you to my home.

The castle is merely yards away from the apartment, and the National Gallery, St Giles Cathedral, National Museum of Scotland are all within 5 mintues walk.

My apartment is on the top floor of an 18th Century tenement with views on to the historic Royal Mile, the Firth of Forth and the Pentlands. With all mod cons and a unique location, this is the perfect apartment to have as a base while you explore Edinburgh.

The apartment retains the unique character of the Old Town with oak panelled walls and parquet flooring, mixed with family antiques, portraits and works of art, but also all the modern comforts of a home.

It is on the fourth floor and is reached by a spiral staircase (76 steps in all!) and is South facing and full of light by day.

The hall has good cupboard space for your luggage and places to hang clothes/store shoes etc. There is also an ironing board/iron and a hairdryer kept here as well.

The newly fitted bathroom has a bath and power shower, there is always plenty of towels for you.

Then through the main door off the hall, is the open plan living space. Five full height original Georgian sash windows face you as you walk into the space. Floor to ceiling book cases and a large period fireplace with French empire over-mantle mirror.

I don't own a TV.... but there is free wifi throughout the apartment, also a big collection of fiction/history/cookery/poetry/art/design books to while away the time with and I have a music/radio player with an eclectic choice of C.Ds.

A large kitchen space with character and all the modern cons - toaster, washing machine, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, oven, kettle, induction hob etc. I hate staying in apartments on holiday where there aren't even any basics to cook with like salt and olive oil, so the kitchen is stocked with all the usual larder fare to help yourself to if you're cooking in. Plus coffee and all sorts of teas.

By the windows is the generous dining space with oak dinning table and chairs.

The bed is a unique 'bedbox chamber' made from architectural salvaged fitted Scottish 18th/19th century carved oak. A floor to ceiling hidden panelled door lets you into this cosy space with reading lights on the headboard and it is fitted out with a king size mattress with white cotton sheets, pillows and duvet. Mary Queen of Scots would feel quite at home sleeping in it!

The living room area of the apartment is tucked at the West side of the room and has two good size sofas, reading lamps and is perfect to socialize and also have quiet time with a good book.

I hope to hear from you. I'm more than happy to answer any questions or give advice about Edinburgh/restaurants/bars etc

All the best


Interaction with Guests

I should be able to meet you in person to let you in, show you the apartment and answer any questions. Sometimes, due to your arrival time and what I'm up to, I wont be able to meet you personally and so will arrange to leave keys nearby at my friends Cafe. You can contact me by phone or on airbnb at anytime during your stay.

Check-in and check-out times are flexible and I will try and accommodate your schedule whenever possible. It's really helpful to know your travel plans so please let me know what time you intend to arrive and depart and by what method of transport when you book.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Monthly Price: $4906 /month
Security Deposit: $353
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Calim was a phenomenal host as well is his flat! As the other reviews have stated, the flat lived up to expectations and for me, surpassed them from the photos. It is genuinely lovely. As an American woman traveling alone and this being my first solo International trip, I felt very safe at all times. The two times I needed help, Calim answered my call immediately and once even came over to the flat within minutes to check on something and sorted it! If you are touring Edinburgh for the first time or want to be central to Royal Mile, you'll find no better location than this and the views are breathtaking. I forgot something when I had walked to view the Edinburgh Castle and it only took me ten minutes to walk back to the flat, grab it, and get right back. Book it. You won't be sorry.

    July 2014
  • A fantastic and elegant flat in the most central location. We spent a great few days using it as our base for Edinburgh. The flat is very comfortable, is extremely well equipped and the use of space and areas of the flat is ingenious.
    Calim was a great host. He got in touch before we arrived to sort out keys and give advice on where to go and what to do and then left us to it. He left a bottle of bubbly to welcome us which was a lovely touch, along with some bread and milk. In all he was very relaxed about the whole stay and we thoroughly enjoyed the view, the ambiance and the style of the flat.

    July 2014
  • My girlfriend and I stayed here whilst up in Edinburgh for a wedding. We had never stayed with an AirBnB place before and I have to say this apartment beats staying at a hotel hands down! The apartment was very cozy, it felt like a place we could just relax in.
    The location fantastic. You overlook the Royal Mile and a short walk from the Castle as well. Everywhere we went was easy to get to on foot, with great cafés and bars practically next door.
    Calim was fantastic, we had everything we could need for our stay as well as plenty of information about the local area on where to eat and drink.
    I highly recommend this apartment!

    July 2014
  • We cannot recommend Calim's unit enough! It looks exactly like the photos (actually better than the photos!) and was the absolute best location for visiting Edinburgh. Calim is the perfect host and provided us with a long list of recommendations of places to eat and they were fantastic. We would stay here again and again and again - it is a beautiful apartment.

    June 2014
  • Calim was a wonderful host. Checking in was easy, and the flat was beautiful and just as great as we expected from the photos and past positive reviews. This was our first trip to Edinburgh, and after exploring the city, we concluded that the location of the apartment is ideal. Everything we wanted to see was an easy walk (or right outside), the neighborhood is vibrant, and great, un-touristy restaurants are very close. The sleeping quarters are nice too-- you can have a very calming, dark, quiet sleep. Calim's restaurant recommendations were all fantastic. We had an excellent visit and would definitely stay in Calim's flat on our next visit!

    June 2014
  • We had a wonderful weekend away in Calim's apartment. The flat is beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Calim was extremely friendly and finding the apartment and getting the keys was extremely easy. The location is perfect, situated at the heart of Edinburgh and it was lovely waking up to the sound of bagpipes! The apartment was very quiet, and we slept wonderfully in the secret bed. I would absolute recommend staying here - it was such a treat and we can't wait to return.

    June 2014
  • We loved staying at Calim's flat on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
    Calim gave us a list of local restaurants and pubs that were beautiful
    and filled with locals, not tourists.

    Calim's flat is beautiful. He has great taste in books and pictures.
    We had a great time there.

    It is in the oldest part of the city and could not be more centrally

    June 2014
  • Calim is a great host and really goes out of his way to make staying at his apartment a stellar experience. Not only has he created a truly interesting and beautiful place to stay, and is continuing to add to it, but he also ensured our comfort with fresh staples (coffee, tea, juice, milk, bread, condiments) which made waking up in the apt. every morning so much better. We arrived a bit early and came over to drop off our bags while Calim was still cleaning up the apartment and so had a chance to chat with him for a few minutes before we headed out to explore. I mentioned (jokingly) that the picture on the web showed many wine bottles sitting on the end table in the dining room but that they were missing now. He asked if we would like a bottle (yes, please) and indeed we found a tasty bottle of Prosecco in the fridge when we came back that evening.

    Apart from the abundant collection of art books, the eclectic music set, and various containers to peek into for entertainment, we had all of the modern conveniences of a fully functioning kitchen and updated bathroom to make our stay a pleasurable one. And with the available WiFi, you won’t have to burn up your cellular data plan when you want to download a song or look up more info on an artist that you discover while perusing the collections.

    The location is perfect unless you aren't interested in exploring the castle, cathedrals, museums, parks, restaurants, pubs, etc. that surround it. We walked everywhere from the apt. and so the extra 76 steps up/down was a minor addition to the overall exercise regime for the day.

    So unless you have trouble with stairs, must have room service, or are claustrophobic about sleeping in the enclosed bedroom space, I wholly recommend. I’m sure, like everyone else, you’ll find the climb worth it.

    June 2014
    Response from Calim:

    Thanks Thomas, I might consider a wee shelf - good idea! thanks for your great feedback and lovely review. All the best Calim

    June 2014
  • The apartment is awesome and in a great position to visit the city. Even though we didn't meet the owner, he gave us very clear instructions on how to get the key and how to use the various devices in the house. He also sent us some recommendations for places to eat in the area. Totally recommend this apartment!

    June 2014
  • This was our first experience with airbnb and Calim set the bar incredibly high. Calim graciously and patiently accommodated our every need and gave us very detailed directions from the train station. The apartment was spotless. The views were spectacular and the location was truly awesome. His suggestions for dining were excellent. The steps were manageable and proved not to be a problem. We loved the bed which was creatively tucked away and very comfortable. Although we did not spend a lot of time in the apartment we did enjoy the vast selection of books on art and photography. In summary a guest could not ask for a better location, better accommodations or a better host!!

    May 2014
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I'm a well travelled, inquisitive and creative guy. I'm using this site primarily to stay in cities around the world, were family and friends live who lack the space to put me up for a short visit, but also to explore places on my list... Rome, New York your next! I'm respectful and honest in dealing with people and their spaces. I'm into design, photograpy, old films and modern dance. anyway ask me more cheers Calim
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