Though part of a national chain, the Malmaison Hotel is one of the most agreeable in Edinburgh. Care has clearly gone into the creation of this place. Located in Leith, away from the main buzz of the city, the hotel boasts a stylish airy café bar with views out over the rejuvenated dockside area. It's a chilled, sophisticated space where one can linger with a regal glass of red or munch on excellent sandwiches and other inspired bar nibbles. One for those occasions when you want to relax in urban cool surroundings without the distracting rumble of passing traffic outside.