I'm so lucky that I've been on lots of lovely overnight stays in amazing hotels recently but the novelty never wears off and I think it's so important in the dark and dreary winter months to have something fun to look forward to. I love trying out new hotels so when The Bonham Hotel in Edinburgh kindly invited me along to a sleepover with the girls, I couldn't possibly say no!
THE BONHAM HOTEL: LOCATION
Situated in The Old Town, The Bonham Hotel is just a 10 minute walk - or, if you have about a thousand bags with you like I did, a 2 minute taxi ride - from Edinburgh Haymarket station.
The Bonham Hotel is a beautiful old town house in Drumsheugh Gardens and, although the hotel is 20 years old, it recently underwent a huge renovation and it is the perfect blend of character befitting of the building but with tasteful and understated decor that allows the original features such as the high ceilings and fireplaces to take centre stage.
THE BONHAM HOTEL: FIRST IMPRESSIONS
The grand front door was adorned with a Christmas wreath befitting of the building. The reception area was cosy and warm with a beautiful fireplace and huge Christmas tree in the bay window. I travelled through with Yasmin and Suzy and we were the first of our group to arrive and, when we checked in, I was told I would be staying the suite for the evening. Having never stayed in a suite before I tried to play it cool like it happens all the time but I definitely squealed with excitement.
THE BONHAM HOTEL: SUITE LIFE
Suzy and Yaz toddled off to their room down the corridor from mine and I couldn't wait to see what my suite was like. It did NOT disappoint! I entered into a plush lounge area with beautiful velvet couches, a large, round dining table set beautifully and a Christmas tree in the enormous bay window. Miracle on 34th Street was also playing on the TV which happens to be in my top 5 Christmas films and I actually feel like the room looked like it could be an Upper East Side apartment in New York.
I then got even more excited about the double doors to my bedroom which definitely made me feel like an Upper East Side Princess - Blair Waldorf, eat your heart out!
Sometimes with hotels in older buildings, the decor can be a little fussy but my bedroom was classy and elegant and really relaxing. I also had a huge bathroom off the bedroom which had a bath and a shower as well as great lighting!
Goodie bags had kindly been left for us all on my bed which included lots of The White Company minis as well as Scottish fudge and Christmas pyjamas.
THE BONHAM HOTEL: THE FESTIVITIES
We kicked off proceedings by cracking into the bottles of Prosecco left for us on the dining table before the first of our arranged Christmas activities started.
We headed downstairs to the restaurant where we were greeted by The Bonham's head chef, Chris, who had prepared some freshly made cookies for us, ready for decorating. We really took this extremely seriously as we all searched Pinterest for Christmas cookie inspo. We couldn't believe how therapeutic cookie decorating was and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking to chill and de-stress this month.
We then made our way to the snug for a cocktail masterclass. All our ingredients and cocktail utensils were laid out for us and we were shown how to make the perfect Espresso Martini. For someone that loves coffee and cocktails, surprisingly, I'd never really been a big fan of Espresso Martinis. But - perhaps it was the roaring fire and ambient location or maybe even the exceptional cocktail making skills by myself and Rachel - I actually absolutely loved it and I think I've been converted!
THE BONHAM HOTEL: DINNER, DRINKS & GAMES
We then all headed back to my room for some more Prosecco before dinner was served in the suite. When we arrived back, some beautifully wrapped gifts had been left for us on the table. I received a pink Chilly water bottle which I have used every day since and keeps water perfectly chilled.
We then chose our dinner from the festive menu and it was such a luxury having it served in our room. I went for the smoked duck followed by the braised beef and then the orange and ginger stem pudding.
All three courses were delicious and I washed it down with a rich Merlot and a little apertif.
Suitably stuffed from dinner, we got changed into our PJs and moved over to the comfy seating area for some games which had been left for us. We played a round of Who Am I (I was Ed Sheeran) and then stayed up chatting until the wee hours and I finally managed to chuck Rach aka Chatty Chatterson out of my room at 3ish...
THE BONHAM HOTEL: THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE
After a great nights' sleep in my huge bed, we reconvened in the restaurant for breakfast. I ordered smoked salmon and scrambled eggs along with a gallon of coffee to set me up for a morning catching up with some work before hitting the Christmas markets at Princes Street Gardens.
The view from my room was even better in the morning and the huge windows and high ceilings make the room so bright and airy and the Christmas tree looked just as pretty in the daylight as it does at night.
THE BONHAM HOTEL: GIRLS NIGHT
We actually got chatting to another woman from Glasgow who was there with a big group of her friends and they seemed to visit every year together. I definitely think a night away with your girlfriends is the best kind of therapy, no matter what age you are and The Bonham was certainly the perfect location for girls night! Same time next year, girls?!
We were kindly invited to stay at The Bonham Hotel but all opinions are completely my own.