Philip Lay checks into Edinburgh’s Sheraton Grand to soothe aching muscles with a full upper body massage
In a location surrounded by some of Edinburgh’s noteworthy attractions, the Sheraton Grand offers a luxury stay in a big way. Grounded off the West End of Princess Street the hotel is a viewing platform to the stars of the city. Walking out onto the magnificent Usher Hall you can’t help but avert your gaze to Edinburgh Castle rising behind with Arthurs seat also making an appearance.
I pass the kilted doorman and notice the immense lobby, with its tasteful nods to Scottish style. Melt in your mouth cookies on arrival had me instantly satisfied as the upbeat staff talk me through my reservation and the layout of the Sheraton Grand.
There are rooms which offer Castle views, but to my dismay there were none available. However, once I enter my twin club room I am greeted with strawberries, chocolates and a roomy accommodation which uses neutral colours, mirrors and opaque glass to emphasise space. If anything, my belly is satisfied the most at this point.
The bed, although a single, surprised me with its comfort and even more so with the ambient lighting you can control from your side table. Bathroom is complete with comfy robes, bath tub and stand in shower also offering lighting options depending on your bathing mood.
My room comes with Club Access. A must-have addition, with access to hot drinks, snacks and cold beverages, it’s a cosy room on the 7th floor, offering snug seating and accessible power points if you need to take your office with you. Don’t miss the two-hour serving of canapés between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, where you can indulge in the world’s tiniest burgers and your favourite tipple (all included in upgrade to Club Access).
If canapés don’t satisfy your evening cravings, head to THE ONE SQUARE Brassiere on the ground floor. Its relaxed dining area is one of the hotels highlights, along with a smart feel and an exceptional menu. Presentation is classy of every dish and the scotch fillet had me salivating as soon as it landed on my table.
Mornings at the Sheraton Grand are glorious. Either choose from the buffet serving cereals, hot and cold items, juices and smoothies or ask if you wish to order from the special breakfast menu.
Robe on, glasses off, I head to the tranquil six-storey One Spa building via the glass walkway. Offering an array of spa treatments with packages carefully thought out by the staff themselves, this spa specialises in balancing energy, water and heat. With a collection of thermal suites, relaxation rooms, saunas and salt rooms in their arsenal, The One Spa’s secret weapon is undoubtedly the hydro pool located on the rooftop.
Complete with gym, pool, tanning room and cafe, The One Spa is an impressive all-rounder — since my visit, more hammams and features have opened up.
It was highly recommended that I try the One Moment For You package. This includes a full upper body massage and exfoliation along with a foot massage. My therapist Heather greeted me with a polite smile and ran through the treatment. The treatment rooms are dimly lit, with speckled lighting dotted around representative of a starry night sky. After being left to get comfortable, face down, the back massage begun. It was quickly established I have a very knotty back, poor Heather had a task on her hands. Not one for awkward silences I was quite chatty throughout, which prompted Heather to politely remind me, as she was rubbing my tired feet, I am here to relax. One hour and 20 minutes later, after finishing with a head massage, I was ready to drift off. I left feeling completely serene and rejuvenated as I went for one last dip in the Hydropool.
The perfect location for anyone visiting Edinburgh. Business or pleasure, the hotel covers all basis and makes your stay feel easy and carefree. The staff, although professional, add a charming personality, from the young waiter enlightening me about why he chose Edinburgh to the Spa Therapist coping with my chattiness. With a lot on offer at The Sheraton Grand, you need to remind yourself to actually get out and explore the city![essentials]
For a Club room including continental breakfast and Club Access, prices start at £210 per night.
Castle view rooms start at £200 and £280 with Club Access.