Edinburgh Castle & Double Tree Hilton – REVIEW

Edinburgh Castle

Our hotel was conveniently located near Edinburgh Castle. It’s an attraction that used to be a part of Scotland’s rich history. We spent the entire day learning about the times of war, such as how people were put in prison, the kinds of tactics that were used in the war and how Scotland used to be ruled back in the day. Plenty of ground to cover!

Castle entrance

The various buildings of the castle were remarkable! Here’s a photo of the Great Hall where banquets were held… it was massive! I would love a party space like this in my house.

The Great Hall

We also got to see where the crown jewels were held in Scotland. After entering a snug room that could hold about 10 – 12 people, we saw the jewels! They were so polished that they glistened in glass display cases. From what I remember, there was a crown, a few scepters, and some jewelry as well.

Entrance to the crown jewels
One of many windows around the castle entrance

Throughout the castle they had various gift shops, that sold a variety of Scottish souvenirs and drinks. There was even a little cafe and a high tea restaurant, but we didn’t try these as it was a little bit pricey! It probably would have been a very highlighting experience for those with a bigger budget or who only had some time to explore the castle and not nearby places for dinner.

Amazing art and architecture
The view from the castle

We probably spent a good 3 – 4 hours at Edinburgh Castle, and learned so much about the deep wartime history of Scotland. I would recommend going here for a day of learning and sightseeing.


Like I mentioned previously, our hotel was near the castle. We stayed at the Double Tree Hilton in downtown Edinburgh.

I have to give a special shout out to them because at both check-in and check-out the concierge would pull out fresh and warm chocolate cookies from their drawer to give to us as a treat. The cookies were chewy and super delicious!

The lobby

I didn’t take a photo of our room right away as we headed out ASAP to The Scotch Whisky Experience.

The room was very spacious and the beds were so comfy! I fell asleep quite fast each evening while being in Edinburgh for two nights. Our room had a smaller bathroom with a powerful shower head, and I learned that hotels in Europe have little bags on the side of the toilet for feminine products. I thought that was a really unique and a good way to keep things sanitary.

They also had a set of instant tea and coffee packets with shortbread and a kettle, as well as two bottles of complimentary water (sparkling and still) included in the refrigerator. There were also a set of comfy and fluffy robes for us to use to get cozy during the evenings!

They also had a continental breakfast offer for
£12, which was a pretty decent price as you could eat as much as you wanted. We didn’t end up going with this, but it was really nice to know that was an option.

I would recommend staying at the Double Tree Hilton if you’re looking to walk around a lot in Edinburgh. There is no parking available though, but they do give you a discount on parking in a parkade just a few minutes away from the hotel!

If you went to Edinburgh, where would you go? Let me know in the comments!