The Most Instagram Worthy Hotel In Edinburgh: Eden Locke 

I jump at any chance to revisit my beloved university city, so when I was invited up to Edinburgh to take a look at the newly opened Eden Locke Hotel, I didn’t have to be asked twice. I lived in Edinburgh for four years and only got to stay at a hotel overnight once, so I was excited to see whether a stay at Eden Locke was worth the journey. I also loved studying in Edinburgh’s many and varied coffee shops and, once those essays were handed in, drinking in Edinburgh’s bars, so I was eager to experience Hyde & Son, the Instagram-friendly bar and coffee shop on Eden Locke’s ground floor.

A little bit about Eden Locke Hotel

This design-led boutique hotel is located on George Street, nestled amid some of Edinburgh’s best nightlife venues – it’s right next door to Lulu’s.  If you’re arriving at Waverley Station, it’s a pleasant 25 minute walk, taking in some of the city’s most grandiose landmarks on your way.

Locke Hotels are unique in that they’ve taken note of Airbnb’s success and applied it to the traditional hotel model to create ‘lifestyle aparthotels’. When you book a stay at one of their hotels, it’s like scheduling a stay at a friend’s apartment who’s going out of town – except you get a receptionist and your room is cleaned every day. For people like me, who are wary of all those Airbnb scare stories where travellers turn up and nobody is there to let them in, you’ll love Locke Hotels. They’re like stylish serviced apartments in the city, and the Edinburgh hotel’s elegant decor will have the Insta likes rolling in. The entire concept is just perfect for the modern traveller, who shares her surroundings with her social media followers, doesn’t want to have to sneak her booze into her hotel room and likes her accommodation to consider both fashion and function.

Eden Locke Hotel review

At Eden Locke Hotel, I really did feel like I was house-sitting for a much more sophisticated, successful friend – there was milk in the fridge and a goodie bag of muesli and assorted teas waiting for me when I checked in. Locke Hotels have created an accommodation option that you could legitimately live in long-term if you were so inclined – the kitchens are fully equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine and utensils. Like all great places to stay, it’s the little things that make Eden Locke stand out; the Instagram addict in me was squealing in delight at the cocktail shaker and champagne glasses for pre-drinks at the marble-effect table.

Eden Locke Edinburgh hotel review

Eden Locke Edinburgh hotel review: kitchens

Most Instagram friendly hotel in Edinburgh: Eden Locke

Eden Locke Hotel review

The suites at Eden Locke are almost double the size of other boutique hotels I’ve stayed at, making them perfect for longer stays.

Eden Locke Hotel Edinburgh review

Modern hotels on Edinburgh George Street: Eden Locke review

Modern hotels on Edinburgh George Street: Eden Locke review

New York architects Grzywinski+Pons spent a year in Edinburgh to get a feel for the city’s essence before getting to work on the design for Eden Locke. They’ve incorporated muted green and pink sorbet hues that create synergy with Edinburgh’s famous craggy landscape and contribute to the whole ‘garden of Eden’ vibe, and made full use of Edinburgh’s traditional sash windows – each room is full of light, even on the greyest of Scottish days.

Boutique hotel in Edinburgh: Eden Locke

In the bathroom, salted caramel Kinsey Apothecary toiletries were waiting for me, along with a double shower to ease any aches and pains from my train journey to Edinburgh.

Eden Locke Hotel review: the most instagram worthy hotel in Edinburgh

The bed was of course a dream to sleep in, made even more so by the complimentary spacemasks left on each pillow.

Eden Locke Hotel bedrooms: boutique hotel in Edinburgh

Instagram friendly hotels in Edinburgh city centre: Eden Locke

Design hotels in Edinburgh: Eden Locke Hotel

Hyde & Son

On the ground floor of Eden Locke, you’ll find that the hotel reception is part of a beautiful, botanical-themed coffee shop overseen by Global Barista 2017 James Wyse. In my student days, I probably lingered over a novel in every coffee shop in the city, so I can say with a shred of authority that Hyde & Son is the most Instagrammable coffee shop in Edinburgh.

Where to drink good coffee in Edinburgh

Best coffee shop in Edinburgh city centre: Hyde and Son

Interior design coffee shop in Edinburgh

Interior design in Edinburgh

Beautiful coffee shop in Edinburgh

Hyde & Son coffee shop in Edinburgh

Hyde and Son coffee shop and bar review

I spent a delightful morning sipping lattes and munching on peanut butter and banana croissants baked locally at Grams, before heading out to rediscover Edinburgh (more on that in another post).

Best coffee shops on George Street Edinburgh

Most instagrammable coffee shops on George Street Edinburgh

Hyde & Son serves coffee and pastries by day and cocktails by night. The cocktail menu is full of artisan Scottish spirits supercharged with caffeine, and even non-coffee drinkers will find something that pleases their palate.

 Best espresso martini in Edinburgh

I asked whether Hyde & Son plan to serve the classic cocktails for those who are overwhelmed by the bespoke menu, and the bartender shook his head. “That’s not what people come here for”. Far from sounding snobby, he explained that they take people through the menu, asking about their likes and dislikes, before recommending one of their cocktails. And more often than not, people are glad they chanced it. I can vouch for this strategy’s success: I’m not a negroni drinker, but the twist that Hyde & Sons mix their’s with may just have converted me.

Hyde and Son Edinburgh bar review

Interesting cocktail bars in Edinburgh

Negronis in Edinburgh

Hyde & Son is certainly a ‘woke’ coffee-shop-cum-cocktail-bar. I noticed that the bartender was testing his concoctions on the back of his hand instead of the usual way (using a straw), and he explained that his method serves to minimise the amount of plastic he uses every day. That’s something I can drink to.

Having first opened their doors in London, the Edinburgh aparthotel is Locke Hotels’ second venture and personally, I can’t wait to visit more of them and see how they bring their host cities’ character into their design. Do your Instagram grid a favour, and book Eden Locke when you visit Edinburgh. And hit me up if you need suggestions for things to do! I should really use my four years of intense research to write a guide to Edinburgh’s best drinking spots, shouldn’t I?

If you love hotels made for Instagram, check out my list of the most Instagrammable hotels in the world.


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All photographs were taken on my Olympus Pen E-PL7.

I was a guest of Eden Locke Hotel but opinions and Instagram obsessions are my own.



  1. August 10, 2017 / 7:40 am

    It looks really gorgeous! Plus Edinburgh is one of my favorite places on the planet so any old excuse really! xx

    • Dannielle | While I'm Young
      August 10, 2017 / 9:57 am

      I think we’ve chatted about our shared love for Edinburgh! Isn’t this place gorgeous!? Keep it in mind for your next visit xx

  2. August 10, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    I love the idea of aparthotel! And this one looks gorgeous. I hope the trend continues.

  3. August 11, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    Beautiful recommendation, it looks perfect! We haven’t been to Edinburgh for ages and have never actually stayed over so hopefully one day we’ll make a proper weekend of it! Definitely saving this into my “Edinburgh file”!

  4. August 12, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    This does absolutely look more like an apartment than a hotel. So pretty, too! I ‘m a sucker for spa-like bathroom features, so the double shower sounds perfect for getting rid of that pesky neck and shoulder tension. I’m actually heading to Edinburgh this fall so I’ve bookmarked this post.

  5. Meghna Malhotra
    August 13, 2017 / 9:35 am

    This hotel looks so chic and modern! I also love the concept of AirBnb styles apartments which are a lot more reliable. Some of their furniture is very cool too =)

  6. August 14, 2017 / 3:49 am

    The property looks wonderful… so does the peanut butter and banana croissant!

  7. authenticfoodquest
    August 14, 2017 / 4:42 am

    This is a gorgeous place. Love the convenience of having the amenities of home and someone to clean it every day 🙂 Love the philosophy at Hyde & Sons, where drinks are curated to your drinking style and preference. Great read!

  8. August 14, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Neat & Clean. Cozy with some beautiful pieces of art. I can see why you call it the most instagram worthy. A gorgeous place indeed! Loved the pics

  9. August 14, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    I just went to Edinburgh this summer, and Eden Locke looks like a great choice for travelers who love boutique hotels! I love the white, sleek design. Definitely insta-worthy, haha!

  10. August 14, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    Is that where I got it wrong? I always did the drinking before those assessments were submitted! 😉

    Even today, I’m not fully committed to being a hotel person.

    I’m still trying to figure out if those photos are from an IKEA catalogue! lol 🙂

  11. Sandy N Vyjay
    August 15, 2017 / 3:03 am

    Eden Locke looks so pretty and impeccable. Spotless and larger than life. No wonder it is instagrammable to the core. I am sure it must have been a great experience staying there.

  12. August 16, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Such a gorgeous hotel! I have to agree, it’s really “instagramable” and so is Edinburgh!

  13. August 16, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    They’ve made a really nice space for an aparthotel. Some just look so cheap and this does appear nice and cozy. I’ve never gotten in to negronis either – they’re a bit strong for my tastes. But that martini with the coffee beans looks right up my alley!

  14. August 16, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    What a cute hotel! I love the furnishing! It is simple and so stylish at the same time.

  15. Tami
    August 17, 2017 / 5:18 am

    I love the modern sleek style of the decor, and all the light. You’re right! It’s definitely instagrammable!

  16. August 17, 2017 / 5:46 am

    It is a lot less like a hotel and a lot more like an apartment! No wonder you were squealing out of glee. I would have done the same!

  17. August 18, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Edinburgh Eden locke hotel is so cozy. It will surely give me a home like feel. Definitely its beautiful and instagrammable. That martini with coffee beans looks different and great.

  18. Milosz Zak
    August 18, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    I really like the granite counter tops that were used, and how that element repeats throughout. Counter tops that go over the edge of the sink basin are just so smart – love it.