Built in 1820, the Royal Terrace was designed by renowned Scottish architect William Playfair. Considered one of Edinburgh’s most prestigious terraces, this historic row of Georgian townhouses forms the longest continuous building of Georgian architecture in the city, and retains to this day much of its original charm and character. The Royal Terrace Gardens at the rear of the hotel were originally laid out by Playfair to include a path for the exiled King of France, Charles X, to walk along from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to church.
Overlooking the Firth of Forth, the Royal Terrace was affectionately known as ‘Whisky Row’ in the 19th century. This was a reference to the number of spirit merchants who bought the then newly built properties on the Terrace. 24 Royal Terrace was no exception as the original owner was a wealthy trader who moved in with his family. It was said that the merchants liked the fact they could see their ships return from trading trips.