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When staying in Edinburgh in wintertime, a friend recommended BABA Restaurant for diner.

We then found out that this acclaimed Middle Eastern restaurant is part of Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, a stylish hotel in the New Town.

So, we decided to try them both.

On the outside the hotel, with its classic Georgian façade, looks statuesque but also quite formal.

But once you step inside, the atmosphere is vibrant and it has a cosmopolitan feel to it, without being too posh.

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel consists of seven interconnected Georgian townhouses and accommodates 184 rooms and 15 suites.

The rooms are cleverly designed and pretty luxurious.

Indulge yourself and have a great cocktail in the Garden Room first and then go for diner at BABA.

The New Town

Edinburgh has been the Scottish capital since the 15th century.

It has two distinct areas: The Old Town, dominated by Edinburgh Castle; and the neoclassical New Town.

The initial plan for Edinburgh’s New Town was approved by the City Council in 1767 and it is a masterpierce of city planning.

By 1836 the New Town was almost complete, and the difference with the Old Town was clear.

The medieval pattern of narrow closes and wynds of the Old Town contrasts with the broad, elegant squares and circuses of the classically inspired New Town.

Because of their striking contrast and quality in architecture and streetscape, the Old and New Towns were added to the World Heritage list in 1995.


The location of Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel is perfect!

In the heart of the New Town, it overlooks the elegant Charlotte Square at the east end of George Street.

After a hearty breakfast, we explored the Old and New Town World Heritage Site on foot and combined several trails.

Starting with the House Histories Trail. A 2 mile walk along 6 fascinating historic buildings.

If you prefer a longer walk, then you should follow the Athens of the North Trail. A wonderful 5-mile journey through Edinburgh’s history.

While staying in the New Town we also explored the Water of Leith Walkway.

This 13-mile walkway passes through many areas of interest including Colinton Village and Dell, the Union Canal, Saughton Winter Gardens, Murrayfield Stadium, the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Village, Stockbridge, the Royal Botanic Garden and Leith.

Ideal for family walks, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Cool Places to Explore: Edinburgh Castle.