An Overnight Stay & Afternoon Tea at the Edinburgh Capital Hotel

An Overnight Stay & Afternoon Tea at the Edinburgh Capital Hotel

Last weekend I travelled through to Edinburgh with around 16 fabulous ladies for one of my best friend’s hen weekend. We went for a sophisticated itinerary of Chicago at the Playhouse Theatre, Dinner and then some Salsa dancing to finish off. We stayed at the Edinburgh Capital Hotel just on the outskirts of the city and only 1.5 miles from Edinburgh Zoo.

After meeting in the lobby, check-in was smooth and we were all ushered up to our rooms on the first floor. The bedrooms were spacious, modern, clean and had everything we needed to survive our crazy weekend, including a socket with two USB ports to charge our phones! I will expect this kind of treatment in every hotel from now on!

After toasting our bride-to-be with a glass of sparkling wine, we headed out to the Playhouse Theatre to see the matinee performance of Chicago the Musical. We couldn’t fault the cast and show throughout the entire performance, and by the end of it we were all singing as we made our way across the road to Giovanni’s for dinner.

Again with a party of around 16, the restaurant and staff were very accommodating towards menu changes and constant hyperactive girly giggling. I ordered a pasta dish with mushrooms, garlic and cream which was perfect for lining the stomach before a night of cocktail drinking and salsa dancing.

I won’t go into too much detail about the rest of the night other than the fact that not everyone made it down for breakfast!

The Sunday morning saw a few of us reluctantly get into a bikini and go for an early morning swim and sauna session. The hotels leisure facilities were first class, they had everything to offer from swimming, sauna, steam room, gym and even aerobics classes which were just starting as we left the pool around mid-day. You feel like you are in a full-scale leisure centre, and not an Edinburgh hotel.

After swimming we were booking for the 1.30pm afternoon tea. I had never been to an afternoon tea so was reluctant as to what it would be like. I knew there were sandwiches, cakes and champagne; sounds perfect to me! Walking into the restaurant area we were greeted with a beautifully long dining table which could seat all 15 of us. Trays of sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and champagne flowed until we ultimately surrendered to our stomach’s capacity. Each piece of food was fresh and tasty, and what better way to end our day than with luxury sweets and elegant alcohol.

Afternoon Tea Edinburgh

Tarts Edinburgh

Champagne Scones Edinburgh

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  • Now you’ve had one afternoon tea there’s no looking back!

  • Colin Calder

    Hope it was clotted cream on the scones!