The Bonham is in a bit of an unlikely spot for a hotel. Whilst still being very central it’s in an area that’s a mix of offices and residential. It’s a part of the city I’m quite familiar with as I worked there about fifteen years ago. Over the years the West End has become quite the place to visit and is now full of independent boutiques, restaurants, and bars – and these are all located just a short walk from the hotel.
The Bonham features 49 rooms and suites, as well as flexible events spaces for private dining, cocktail parties, small weddings, and meetings. The Restaurant at The Bonham has just achieved its first AA rosette and the dining room is a lovely place to enjoy a meal – see our review here.
The Consulting Room bar offers a space for a pre-dinner drink or afternoon cocktail, oh and don’t forget to try some of the complimentary shortbread on your arrival!
The Bonham has free superfast Wi-Fi – I took some work along with me and was able to do everything I wanted to do no problem at all.
The room was large with very high ceilings, characteristic of the townhouses in the New Town, and enjoyed panoramic views across the city. Despite the drizzly weather it was still breathtaking.
A delicious plate of macarons and chocolates had been left for us – a nice touch.
The room was really comfortable and we ended up spending a lot of time there in the afternoon (because of the poor weather) and in the evening (we stayed up for election night).
The bathroom was fairly basic, but clean and functional with a very deep bath.
We decided to have breakfast in the room to make the most of the view – isn’t that spectacular?
The menu had a wide variety of options, but we both decided to order the French Toast, Bacon & Maple Syrup. This was one of the best versions of I’ve had away from home (the husband makes us a pretty good version for us!)
While The Bonham isn’t as luxurious as the five star restaurants in this group: The Principal and Blythswood Square, it was really homely and I really enjoyed our stay. The room felt more like a studio flat which I think would be really appealing for extended stays.
Ten Restaurants and Bars Within Walking Distance of The Bonham
The Voyage of Buck – good for cocktails and relaxed dining
Burger – burgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, and loaded fries
52 Canoes Tiki Den – specialists in rum and cocktails
Forage & Chatter – affordable fine dining
Sygn – good for burgers and cocktails
Foundry 39 – burgers, pizza, and occasional live music
The Huxley – American style food in a pub/bar
Heads and Tales – cocktail bar specialising in gin cocktails
Kyloe – steak restaurant serving a wide variety of cuts
Panda & Sons – Edinburgh’s speakeasy bar
Location: 35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh
Rating Four Star
Facilities: Restaurant, Bar, High Speed Wifi
Family Friendly: More suited to adults
Selling Points: Large rooms, panoramic views, close to the West End, good restaurant, high speed wifi.
Things To Know: There are no spa facilities at the hotel.