Located opposite the Omni Centre at the junction of Leith Walk and York Place, Twelve Picardy Place is an Edinburgh townhouse which has taken on a number of guises over the last few years. Once The Hallion private members club, it was, until recently, known as Hawke and Hunter as well as being host to Restaurant Mark Greenaway.
It’s latest incarnation is a ten bedroom boutique hotel with a ground floor cocktail bar. It’s part of the same operation as next door’s Steak restaurant and Pepper Bar.
Visitors to the old Hawke and Hunter will note that the glowing white Corian island bar has been moved from the first to the ground floor while one of the private dining rooms has become a cosy lounge fitted out herringbone furniture, an open fire and a stag’s head. Think urban hunting lodge.
The bedrooms are pretty damn chic. All ten are fitted out with 3D tellies, rainforest showers and feature walls showing blown-up photos of Scottish landscapes.
The suites are staggering. We popped our head around one, called Loch Shiel, I think. A first floor suite, it looks out over the ever busy Picardy Place.
You might not quite manage a game of five-a-side in the ginormous bathroom but you could certainly play keepie-up in there.
The deep soak bath is placed right in front of the window which may prove something of a traffic hazard. Of course, there are blinds for the more coy guests.