Literary Suites at The Place Hotel

To celebrate Edinburgh as the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, The Place Hotel is bringing the literary life of the city into the hotel with four literary themed hotel suites inspired by great Edinburgh writers. Guests are invited to discover the literary city by reading books by Edinburgh authors on your hotel suite bookshelf to the well-known characters and stories to be found in the very streets and closes of the city.

Edinburgh City of Literature

In 2004 Edinburgh was announced as the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, a permanent designation celebrating Edinburgh’s status as a literary capital and pioneer in the UNESCO creative cities network, which now has 116 member cities across seven creative art forms.

The concept of a City of Literature was devised in Edinburgh by the Trust’s founding members. The Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust is the development agency for Edinburgh as a literary city. It works to bring literature to the streets of Edinburgh, involving people in the city’s literary life, bringing organisations to work together collaboratively for greater impact, and sharing Edinburgh’s literary story with the world.

Discover Edinburgh, a City of Literature by staying in one of these beautiful literary suites, now available to book at The Place Hotel. Each literary suite has its own bespoke library with a selection of books tailored to the theme, encouraging guests to explore the writing and works created in our beautiful city. Guests are invited to read and purchase books from the library during their stay. You can choose from:

Robert Louis Stevenson

A world-famous author and literary son of Edinburgh, Robert Louis Stevenson’s legacy can be found across the city. Kick back under a palm tree inspired by Stevenson’s Treasure Island and take in the cityscape that was the background to Stevenson’s childhood.

Celebrate Stevenson’s birthday with Edinburgh on RLS Day when the city marks the life and work of RLS on 13 November. You can also find out more about the author on a dedicated website run by Edinburgh Napier University


Edinburgh is a truly enchanting city, one that has inspired writers for centuries. If you stay in the Enchantment suite, you might see creations by JM Barrie, JK Rowling, Daniel Defoe and Iain M. Banks who have found their way into the suite. Can you find them?

Fans of JK Rowling can discover the magic of Edinburgh’s Old Town on the Potter Trail and learn the secrets of storytelling at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile.

Thrill and Intrigue

Discover the Edinburgh of Scotland’s best crime writers, from Rankin’s Rebus to the city which inspired Sherlock Holmes. Make sure you take a closer look at clues around the suite -wait, what’s that in the bookcase?

Take in the Sherlock memorabilia at The Conan Doyle, a pub just a few minutes from the hotel, and see the statue of Sherlock Holmes nearby on Picardy Place. Rebus fans can see the city through the eyes of Ian Rankin’s perennially popular Inspector Rebus on the Rebus Tours.

Love and Romance

Let the words of Edinburgh poets and romance writers guide you as you look out on the breath-taking vista of Scotland’s romantic capital.

Take a walk down the Royal Mile to Clarinda’s Tearoom, named after Clarinda, one of the ladies who succumbed to the charms of Scotland’s best-kent poet Robert Burns.

Discover more about authors from the City of Literature and literary events taking place visit the City of Literature website.