The Witchery by the Castle offers a range of opulent suites in Edinburgh, each one unique with its own special features. Lavishly furnished suites display gothic touches, with large oak beds and 4-posters, velvet-lined walls and flamboyant red and gold décor indicative of the style. There are separate seating areas and large bathrooms with free-standing silver baths. Each of The Witchery’s 9 suites is different, but walk-in dressing rooms, love seats and tapestries set the tone. Some rooms overlook Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, looking down towards Princes Street, or across to the old town. An indulgent breakfast hamper will be served in the room each morning or guests can choose to have a cooked breakfast served in the restaurant at no extra cost. The Witchery’s seductive glamor has caught the attention of The Times, The Telegraph and Condé Nast Traveler, and many celebrity fans have enjoyed its suites. The impressive restaurant also showcases fine Scottish dishes in similarly decadent surroundings.

This is our guests' favorite part of Edinburgh, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip.

The Witchery by the Castle has been welcoming guests since Aug 22, 2013

Property Highlights

Located in the heart of Edinburgh, this hotel has an excellent location score of 9.6

Want a great night's sleep? This hotel was highly-rated for its very comfy beds.

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Travel Sustainable Level 2
This property is making considerable investments and efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’ve worked with experts such as Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable program – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
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  • Cathy
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    We felt like we went back in time with the wonderful decor of our room. We stayed in the Guard room. This is a must to stay in Edinburgh! Also, be sure to eat at the Secret Garden restaurant. It is an experience in itself with amazing food and...
  • Katarzyna
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Beautiful room, very friendly staff. Lots of little suprises and goodies.
  • Alison
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    EVERYTHING! Staff was outstanding, they would do anything to make your stay perfect. The building is quite mysterious and it was fun to watch all the tourists taking pictures of our Close and then we got to unlock the gate and go in. ha! :)
  • Amanda
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Beautiful historical building in a wonderful location
  • James
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Expansive, private, centrally located to the main city attractions we were intending to see.
  • Steven
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Wow, what an experience. The first impression, as you enter the room, is staggering. Certainly, an experience somewhere between (what I imagine) straying in a 17th century gentrified townhouse and a Sherlock Holmes movie set. It was a great...
  • Gary
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    We stayed in the Herriot Suite which had an amazing bathroom and very comfortable four poster bed and lovely seating area. The room was very clean, with very soft, fluffy bath towels. Even though it is in the centre of the city we had a great...
  • Amy
    Hong KongHong Kong
    Unique experience as if travels back in history and stays in another century but still maintains the modern comfort. Staff all helpful and make sure we have everything. Love the space in our room with its own dining room having a choice of...
  • フィルディン
    Both breakfast and dinner were excellent. Especially the men's service was the best. Women are not good enough.
  • Jane
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    very unusual and just stunning . location superb for the castle .

Property questions and answers
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  • Do you have parking on site? if so how much per night? if not, suggestion?

    We do not have parking here but we can offer 2 solutions that are quite close by for our guests.
    Answered on 10 October 2020
  • hello there where is the nearest long stay carpark as looking at a weekend stay later in the year thank you X

    I would suggest leaving your car at our sister hotel which is about a 10 minute drive from us (we would provide complimentary taxis).
    Answered on 24 February 2021
  • are you pet friendly?

    No. I'm afraid we do not allow pets.
    Answered on 13 April 2023
  • Hello we would be visiting in July.I have terminal breast cancer and this would be one of my things off my living list. which suite would be the best

    Good afternoon, All of our suites are truly spectacular and which ever one that you choose I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy.
    Answered on 3 June 2022
  • How nearby is the parking?

    The closest NCP carpark is about a 10 minute walk or we offer free parking at our sister hotel with complimentary taxi's. This is about a 1o minute drive.
    Answered on 23 July 2021
  • Can I book a meal in the restaurant I want to book a room and dinner?

    Good morning, I would check availability in our restaurant first as we are a very busy restaurant. We do not hold any tables in reserve either.
    Answered on 22 October 2021
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Hotel area info *

1 Restaurant On Site

  • The Witchery
    • Cuisine
      British • Scottish

Amenities of The Witchery by the Castle
Great facilities! Review score, 9

Most popular amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Terrace
  • Heating
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Slippers
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathtub
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Terrace
  • Coffee machine
  • Electric kettle
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Concierge
  • Baggage storage
  • Fax/Photocopying
    Additional charge
  • 24-hour front desk
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Safe
  • Designated smoking area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Carpeted
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
Languages Spoken
  • English

House rules

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From 2:30 PM


Until 11:30 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children not allowed.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Pets are not allowed.

Mastercard Visa American Express Cash is not accepted The Witchery by the Castle accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

An indulgent breakfast hamper will be served in the room each morning or you can choose to have a cooked breakfast served in the restaurant at no extra cost.