There's a lot to recommend this cross between a bed-and-breakfast and boutique hotel (essentially they've ditched the restaurant and focused on the rooms, no hardship in Scotland's culinary capital). The grand Grade II listed 19th-century building designed for newspaper owner John Ritchie Findlay is one thing. The rooms, another. Each floor has a different color scheme (heather, bracken—you get the gist), beds are comfy, furniture funky (think Perspex chairs), and some have freestanding baths. The only disappointment is the dentist's waiting room-style scratchy carpets. At the front, rooms face the castle, but views at the back—of pretty Dean Village to the Forth and hills of Fife—are equally good. The first-floor library, with two-story-high bookshelves stacked with an eclectic collection of tomes, is the "wow" factor. The bar, walls lined with framed front pages of "The Scotsman," is a cozy spot for a dram. The Belong + Benefit reward scheme is also a nice touch: For every six nights you stay, you get one free. And you can bring your dog: although you have to leave a deposit.