Ours, Room 1, was quite large, and had a raised dais with a bed that was surrounded by diaphanous white curtains suspended from the ceiling, and up-lit by floor lights. One wall was lined with dark wood placards, and beyond that there was a small sitting area with a love seat and an armchair, a coffee table, flat-screen TV, and desk.
The furnishings take their cue from the period of the house’s construction, and though the lines are cleaner and simpler, the upholstery still features rich brocaded patterns in muted colors. No florals in sight, we’re happy to report.
The bathroom was almost as large as the rest of the room and featured his-and-hers vanities, a standalone deep soaking tub, a glass-enclosed shower with a rainfall head, and heated floors. And we have to mention our all-time favorite hotel amenity, the free WiFi. Our room and one of the others look out over the street, Royal Terrace, and all the way to the Firth of Forth on clear days, while those in back overlook the lush gardens behind the house.
Hotel guests are invited to enjoy the Drawing Room on the first floor (2nd floor to us Americans), which is packed with plush neo-Georgian settees and armchairs, as well as an ornate plaster fireplace mantle that’s perfect for sitting around with a dram of scotch whisky in hand.
The other two rooms on this floor are private dining rooms where guests can entertain dinner parties, or enjoy their breakfast in the morning. But remember, though you get breakfast with your room, this isn’t your typical bed and breakfast.
Rates at 21212 start at £175 ($280) per night.
Full disclosure: Eric Rosen spent one night as a guest of 21212 while on assignment for another publication, but all opinions expressed are his own.
[All Photos: Eric Rosen for HotelChatter]