The Witchery by the Castle Guest Reviews
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Theresa Thu, 7 October 2021
Liked: All was beyond wonderful
Anonymous Thu, 7 October 2021
Eye-watering and exceptional
Liked: An adventure of a lifetime in an enchanting, bewitching place. Stunning antique collection in the Inner Sanctum
Disliked: Nothing at all
Amanda Thu, 7 October 2021
Disappointed weekend in Edinburgh
Liked: Fabulous location. Dyson hairdryer, comfy bed.
Disliked: There was no bar to sit and relax before a meal. No room service, seemed a lot of money when we could've got all this by paying a lot less. Mainly restaurant with a few rooms. Also, the shower gel, shampoo etc was screwed to the wall and had to keep standing up and down from the bath to reach it, very annoying. Tea facilities were poor too, for this price expect a good range of teas/coffee and biscuits with fresh milk in the room.
Marina Tue, 21 September 2021
Julian Sat, 18 September 2021
Liked: Staff genuinely wanted to helpful
Disliked: Paying for the taxi from Preston field to witchery
Michael Tue, 7 September 2021
Salman Tue, 31 August 2021
Steven Mon, 16 August 2021
A special Edinburgh experience for...
Liked: Wow, what an experience. The first impression, as you enter the room, is staggering. Certainly, an experience somewhere between (what I imagine) straying in a 17th century gentrified townhouse and a Sherlock Holmes movie set. It was a great experience and one I don't regret, nor am I likely to forget.We enjoyed the restaurant (breakfast and dinner). Our servers we attentive and very professional and the overall dining experience was not nearly as pretentious as I had imagined. The food was of a good standard, and while not spectacular, the ambience and the service more than made up for it.The in-room breakfast option was really good and I would strongly recommend this option.The location of the property cannot be beaten - just bear in mind you are on the Royal Mile, so the hum-drum of the passing tourists adds to the realism of an "early modern cityscape".
Disliked: As much as I enjoyed the stay, there are some reality checks I wish I had been made aware of. Most notably, this is not a hotel - so don't expect any concierge-type service. This is a restaurant with rooms... not a hotel with a restaurant. Our check-in (4 pm) was underwhelming - we did feel like uninvited guests who were mostly a hindrance to the regular restaurant patrons. It seemed that the passing tourists blocking the entrance for a cheeky photo op were more important to the restaurant staff who were checking us, the paying guests, into the room.We were offered help with our luggage, but more as an afterthought. The stone spiral staircase leading up to our room (The Rectory), which is in keeping with the period property, is litigation waiting to happen. I would have thought that the staff (restaurant staff) would have shown more care to the guest's arrival than was shown to us.It's not luxury - it's an experience, so come with that expectation.I really enjoyed this stay, but in retrospect, it was not worth the money. As stated above, I loved the experience, and I don't regret staying here, but the expense cannot be rationally justified in the same way as a bonafide hotel stay. If you are expecting to be treated like a hotel guest, then you will be disappointed.One night would be all you need for the experience; three nights is overkill.
Anne Mon, 9 August 2021
Jake Sun, 4 July 2021
Liked: Everything was perfect.