There's no doubt that the addition of a Malmaison in 1994 to the down-at-heel-docklands in Leith gave the gentrification of the area a boost. The grand 19th-century building in the Scottish baronial style opened in 1885 as a Seaman's mission, housing up to 56 sailors—with room for 50 more, after a shipwreck, in the attic. It was also a "house of ill-repute" at one time, apparently. Now a design hotel, it's a respectable part of the spruced-up waterfront, its brasserie and bar buzzing, with guests spilling out onto the cobbled street. Opt for a room at the front that overlooks the port, if possible, as rooms at the back are darker, and with no view to speak of. The hotel might lack a city center location, but transport links are quick and easy, and this vibrant area is now a destination in itself.
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Our Rating Neighborhood Leith Transportation Bus links to the city center are quick and easy Phone 0131/468–5000 Prices £175–£205 double, £245–£295 suite including breakfast Units 100 Amenities Restaurant, bar, free car park, gym, room service free Wi–Fi Web site MalmaisonBook a Room Now
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