The buildings the Bonham Hotel now occupy have a fascinating history dating back to the mid-19th century and were originally constructed as 3 separate townhouses in 1872. The houses were occupied by well to do families and their servants for the next 60 years, enjoying the privacy of Drumsheugh Gardens and the ease of access to everything Edinburgh had to offer.
In 1939 the houses were sold and became collectively known as the “Private Clinic”, a private medical practice specialising in maternity care. Over the next 12 years many hundreds of babies were born on the premises, now fondly known as “Bonham Babies” when they come to visit.
1951 saw the sale of the Private Clinic to the University of Edinburgh who converted the buildings into Muir Hall of Residence for university students from outside the city.
Following the sale of Muir Hall the Bonham Hotel opening in 1998 as one of the first boutique hotels in the city. Following an extensive renovation in 2018 the hotel now offers guests one of the best places to stay in Edinburgh and is still true to the original aspiration of providing a homely and friendly base whilst visiting Edinburgh.