Best Hotels for an Affair

by Danielle Pergament

The Witchery, Edinburgh, Scotland

If the name alone doesn't sell you on the dark and gothic nature of the place, its location—a few steps from Edinburgh Castle, in the city's medieval Old Town—will. The Witchery is so named for the hundreds of suspected witches burned at the stake in the 1600s on Castle Hill, a legacy that lends an eeriness to the surroundings. It is mainly known as a restaurant—with lots of dark wood, rich tapestries, red leather chairs, dripping candelabra, and a menu that wins awards—but hidden away upstairs are seven theatrical suites that can accommodate the most dramatic of affairs. After a meal of châteaubriand for two (naturally), a dessert plate of Luxury Witchery Chocolate (their name, not ours), and a bottle of, say, Lafite-Rothschild (why not?—it's our imaginary dinner), the low lighting allows you to slip away in the shadows to one of the suites upstairs. These romantic love nests are outfitted with antiques, a canopy bed, and a gilded, candlelit bathroom, where thou shalt draw—not "run"—a bath in the claw-footed tub. Just don't be alarmed at the things that go bump in the night.

Do not disturb:
The Witchery
Tel: 44 131 225 5613
Suites from $582

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