Accolades & Commentary
The totally sumptous Prestonfield has astounded those who have seen it, making it the year's most talked-about hotel with a growing celebrity following. - Travel Trade News
TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards 2012 highest-rated hotel in Scotland at 4th in top 25 UK Luxury Hotels
TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards 2012 only Scottish hotel in the top 25 Luxury Hotels
in Europe 2012
Rhubarb short-listed in Louis Roederer Wine List of the Year 2012
AA Notable Wine List for Rhubarb - the restaurant at Prestonfield 2012 - 13
Edinburgh’s only 5 Red Star Hotel 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 The AA
AA Inspector's Choice & five red star Hotel 2010 & 2011/12
Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold Award
Rhubarb at Prestonfield named 28 in Toptable's Top 100 Diner-rated Restaurants 2011.
VisitScotland 5 gold star hotel 2010 & 2011 & 2012 - one of just five in Scotland
AA Hotel of the Year 2005 Scotland
Restaurateur of the Year Award 2009 for Prestonfield owner James Thomson
Best 101 Hotels in the World Tatler Abercrombie & Kent Travel Guide
Edinburgh’s Best Hotel - Hotel of the Year Awards
Hotel of the Year Room for Romance - Hotel of the Year Awards
Most Romantic Hotel in Scotland - Hotel of the Year Awards
Tatler Magazine - Prestonfield one of the Top 20 Hotels in the UK
5 Star Hotel rating VisitScotland 2004 - 2012
AA 2 Rosettes for Rhubarb – the Restaurant at Prestonfield 2005-2012
Evening News Business Awards finalist
Good Food of Scotland 4 Food Honours
Good Food of Scotland Gold Plate Award
MoMA Award from Hotel Review Scotland
Mr & Mrs Smith European Cities Hotel Collection, only hotel in UK outside London
Where to stay in Edinburgh. Conde Nast Traveller
Finalist FX Interior Design Awards
The Good Hotel Guide listing since 2005
Member Connoisseur’s Scotland
Founder Member Luxury Edinburgh
Runner up European Hotel Design Awards
Member Chic Retreats
Silver Thistle – the ultimate accolade in tourism, presented to Prestonfield owner James Thomson by First Minister Jack McConnell, October 2004.
Order of the British Empire. Awarded to Prestonfield owner James Thomson OBE for service to Hospitality and Scottish Tourism. June 2005.
Restaurateur of the Year, Catey Award, presented to James Thomson 2009.
Prestonfield is Virtuoso preferred since 2004
Prestonfield is a Fodor’s Choice since 2006
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2003 to 2012
The AA Wine Award for Scotland 2012
So extravagant it's like walking onto the set of some flamboyant costume drama.
Conde Nast Traveller Magazine.
James Thomson is Edinburgh's star restaurateur…in 2003 he really got into opulent mode with the refurbishment of Prestonfield. To say the makeover has been sumptuous is a bit of an understatement…unlike anything else in the city.
Time Out Eating & Drinking Guide UK 2005
A stunning mix of opulence, grandeur and comfort.
Richard Bath, Scotland on Sunday
Triple A-rated spoil me factor.
Sheer glorious indulgence. The Hotel Guru
An environment of pure modern decadence.
Arguably Edinburgh’s most exciting hotel development in recent years…exudes opulent individual style that is unrivalled anywhere in the city.
Time Out Guide 2004
Get frocked up, it’s Showtime!
Possibly the most decadent, service-obsessed hotel I have ever visited…beyond swank. Hampton’s Magazine
Prestonfield is a lush oasis of calm, slap bang in the middle of the most elegant city in Europe.
Mr & Mrs Smith European Cities Hotel Collection
…the decadent and quixotic splendours of Prestonfield provides the ultimate retort to minimalism. It is surely Edinburgh’s most indulgent retreat
Divine decadence. Rich, ripe and dangerously close to dissolute.
Edinburgh’s most exciting hotel…exudes opulent individual style that is unrivalled anywhere else in the city.
Time Out 2005.
Prestonfield is surely Edinburgh’s most indulgent retreat.
This is the ultimate retort to minimalism: it is maximalism writ large…plush to the point of decadence.
Food Illustrated Magazine
….. looks incredible!
Shirley Manson, Garbage
…a Baroque extravaganza where more is most certainly, more!
Gillian Glover, The Scotsman
Rhubarb, the hotel’s restaurant is so exquisite you could spend an entire weekend lazing around without even venturing out into the city.
Gareth MacLean, The Guardian
Rhubarb – where a plate full of Lindisfarne oysters were so creamy, I had to revise my idea about the hermit conditions on that island.
Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate. The Daily Mail
Full on saucy styling with glowing candles, rich fabrics and antique furniture…creating the feeling you’ve stepped into a giant boudoir”
Rhiannon Batten, The Independent
…a Beau Brummell kaleidoscope of gilt, ormolu and Scarlet pinstripe.
Allan Brown, The Sunday Times
Prestonfield is, in a word, decadent.
Gareth MacLean, The Guardian
Prestonfield is the one to watch. It’s all part of the utterly decadent experience. Simply without comparison.
Gloriously dissolute…more boudoir than B&B.
Jeremy Lazell The Sunday Times
Opulent eccentricity…flamboyant décor, attention to detail and cosseting service…create an environment of pure decadence.
Juliet Kinsman, The Observer
They’ve taken the concept of luxury to the limits….Prestonfield’s bedrooms are grand and luxurious- and not just because of the flocktastic décor.
Alison Alderman, Olive
…the stuff of pure fantasy.
James Thomson has transformed the traditional country house into something altogether more “wow”. Sawday’s Special Places to Stay 2005
The totally sumptuous Prestonfield has astounded those who have seen it, making it the year’s most talked-about hotel with a growing celebrity following.
Travel Trade News
For a taste of delicious decadence only Rhubarb restaurant will do.
Jonathan Trew, Metro
Prestonfield - VIP treatment without the A-list price tag. Opulence has never been so affordable.
Mr & Mrs Smith Guide
The pick of the bunch is Rhubarb. Romance in spades.
Sue Lawrence, Scotland on Sunday
I’ve died and gone to Hotel was my first thought on checking in…with Prestonfield who needs heaven? Forget Paris: Edinburgh is the new romance capital of Europe.
For many this might be OTT. But owner James Thomson has set out to preserve a personality built over nine centuries - and he has pulled it off spectacularly. It worked for me. It's certainly spectacular: the pillows are fluffy, the detailing well thought out, the lighting moody - and the house keeping is second to none.
Caroline Major, Travel Intelligence.
The last word in opulence.
Discreet, exquisite and decadent – and that’s just the surroundings. The almost too-luxurious restaurant at Prestonfield is fish-oriented heaven, with confident dishes prepared to the point of perfection.
With Highland cows and peacocks roaming the grounds, it's hard to imagine that Prestonfield is just minutes from the middle of Edinburgh. In a 17th-century manor house, the flamboyant decor, attention to detail, and cosseting service have already scooped an award from the AA for best hotel in Scotland. It has been designed with an outright disregard for minimalism. Swathes of fabric wallpaper, plush curtains, an incredible collection of antique furniture hide the kind of mod cons you expect from the most cutting-edge luxury hotels.
The Observer/ Mr & Mrs Smith
Prestonfield is Liberace, its walls upholstered in brocades and velvets….not the place to stay if you like simple, clean lines, but if you revel in extravagant over-decoration (such as the dramatic silvered sleigh bed in my suite, 31) and a sense of theatre, the place is a lot of fun.
For those who feel comfort should mean revelling in excess, this 16th-century manor house from the creators of the Witchery eschews minimalism in favour of centuries-old furniture and swathes of heavy fabrics. Juliet Kinsman, Travel Intelligence
Richly decorated Prestonfield resembles a flamboyant Moulin Rouge-style film set, perfect for full-on romance in opulent surrounds– an A-list celebrity bolthole-saucily-styled rooms give a distinct boudoir feel.
Travel Weekly 2005
The most glamorous hotel in town.
Edinburgh’s most exciting venue has just opened its doors!. If Oscar Wilde was still alive he would stay at Prestonfield; true opulence is a state of mind and this hotel has a mind of its own….
James Thomson’s grand hotel has a restaurant to match the sprawling decadence of this restored country house. It is not difficult to see why the AA named Prestonfield its Hotel of the Year in 2005, presumably the same reason the restaurant is booked up weeks in advance.