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Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Ranked #63 of 148 Hotels in Edinburgh
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“good choice for Edinburgh”
Reviewed 7 September 2011

good location, tasteful rooms and attractive function areas

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

We were in in Edinburgh, for a few days in May ( we got engaged ) hdv was recommended to us by family and friends and we were not dissapointed.
We arrived at the hotel before check in and were greeted by very friendly staff, they explained that our room wasnt quite ready so showed us to the bar and took our bags from us. After a relaxing drink we were shown to our room as soon as it was available. The room was more than we expected with a huge bed roll top bath and monsoon shower. After a long drive we ordered room service which came quickly and was awsome! The staff could not do enough for us they were all very polite and friendly. Breakfast was also great with lots of choice and a full english that was served with a smile, and plenty of tea and coffee. We really enjoyed our stay at HDV and will definately be returning in the future, thanx for making our engagement and also my birthday a brilliant one.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

OK, we'd left it pretty late to book somewhere and we were lucky to find a room at all in Festival time, but still for £275 for the night I was looking forward to staying somewhere a bit special. The room itself (d'Arenberg - I think it is the one pictured as the example of Superior Double on the website) was adequate but not spacious and the view out of the enormous window is partially blocked by a rather depressing wall. The bathroom – while apparently luxurious with a rolltop bath (albeit crammed in at an angle) – is actually quite badly planned as the huge shower door hits the loo - probably would have been better to go for more modest fittings to suit the modest size room. But the weirdest thing was the bed - we'd booked a twin room and arrived to find a double bed. "No problem" said the helpful woman who showed us our room, "we'll convert to two singles." We arrived back late in the evening to find the same double with two single duvets on top! A bit too cosy for my liking! I did mention to the guy on the desk when I checked out and he seemed to think it was perfectly normal and said we could have asked for them to be unhooked and rolled apart (we might have, had we returned earlier and not assumed that's what they'd do anyway). My sister and I stayed in a twin room in a Bath boutique hotel a couple of weeks before and it was interesting to compare - there the beds were separated by a bedside table which is what I'd expect. Also for £275 I'd expect breakfast but we were told it was room only - again I probably should have checked first but they obviously DO serve breakfast from other travellers' reviews so it seems a little mean at that price.

Room Tip: I wouldn't go for d'Arenberg if you can avoid it
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

My husband and I visit Edinburgh quite frequently, often to meet up and dine with friends. We first stayed and dined at HDV during it opening month, and had the most wonderful experience: Location excellent, staff friendly, rooms spacious with loads of individual features and charm (little extras like ground coffee and fresh milk making a difference), and finally a wonderfull restuarant serving fantastic food and wine at a reasonable price. The staff and sommelier were excellent and the atmosphere and decor very pleasant. The whisky bar, courtyard and cigar bothy helped to boost this hotel to our new Edinburgh favourite. We recommended both the hotel and bistro to many friends and returned at least 6 or 7 times, for 1 or 2 nigths at a time, between the hotel opening and January of this year.
Unfortunately, each time we returned, the service and food deteriorated further, culminating in a horrendous stay in January when we dined with friends and stayed overnight. Although the rooms and public spaces remain as impressive as during our initial visit; the food, staff and service has changed beyond all recognition. On our last 3 visits, the food has been poorly cooked and overpriced, a langostine started sticks in my mind - priced in the region of £8, I was astounded to find it consisted of a total of 2 tiny langostines in butter! I've been able to compare several dishes ordered on different visits and have found that everything has declined, in particular, the burger and chicken cordon bleu are unrecognisable from their initial incarnation. On one occassion, I asked for the tomato salsa the burger was usually served with and was simply told I was mistaken and no such item existed? On another visit, the food was simply inedible - the staff apologised but astoundingly, explained that the quality can be variable depening on who is in the kitchen!
With regard to wine, the initial sommelier seems to have been replaced by a rude and condescending individual and there has been little or no progression or expansion to the range of wines offered. Surely by virtue of the hotel "genre", this should be a priority.
We are hugely disappointed by the dramatic decline over a relatively short space of time. Friends we have recommended the hotel to have also had disappointing experiences. The hotel has lost its edge and we have lost our city retreat. We can only hope that the hotel make the necessary chages to staff and standard, that would allow it to return to it's initial glory.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 August 2011

Wonderful staff and one of the best breakfasts ever. Interesting location and close to the recently revamped National Museum of Scotland. Room was small (no bedside table on my side) and hot despite air con but good sized bath and great shower. Stylish modern hotel and we did feel well looked after.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Strathaven, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

We stayed at the Hotel du Vin the night before our Anniversary, and I really couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

On arrival, I took a while to find the NCP car park where you get special rates, but once the car was there, it didn’t need shifted. The hotel is perfectly located in the old town, a short walk from most attractions. We ended up not leaving the hotel though!

We stayed in the Krug superiod room, and it was simply amazing. I’ve stayed in loads of hotels around the world, but the overall quality, space and ambience were beyond my expectations. The room featured a massive and very comfy bed, small balcony, separate room with roll top bath, TV and generous toiletries, plus an additional room with a huge walk in shower. Couldn’t fault the room at all.

We chose to have dinner in the Bistro, with a few rounds of cockatails with friends in the bar beforehand. The service was friendly if a little slow, and the drinks great.

Off to the restaurant where we had one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. The restaurant was fairly quiet in terms of diners, but this didn’t make for a stale atmosphere. It’s a relaxed restaurant, and serve was exemplary. The waiter explained dishes for us, and the in house sommelier recommended wines at a budget we chose – she even recommended another wine because the one we had chosen just wasn’t quite cool enough.

Highlights of the meal were the Isle of Mull Souffle – just order it, sublime; and the Onglet Steak (a new cut to me), quite like a bavette. After desert (including a very simple and indulgent chocolate mousse), we finished off with a couple of Ports’, lightly chilled and very pleasant.

The hotel is quite a quirky place, with an unusual layout, and that really adds to the character. There are lots of areas to chill out, and enjoy a secluded night. If you’re after a hotel for a special night away, I really would recommend this. The highlight was the personal service that’s often lacking so much from larger hotels.

Good work team HDV!

Room Tip: superior rooms are amazing
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Paisley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

Our recent stay was made extra special by the wonderful staff. They made our anniversary a memorable one. Their attention to detail and professionalism was outstanding. We would strongly recommend this hotel as it's location was perfect. Our room was beautiful and the hotel was extremely clean. We simply cannot compliment the staff enough and we hope to back again!

Mr & Mrs Houston

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Address: 11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh EH1 1EZ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#32 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#36 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#47 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel du Vin & Bistro 4*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel du Vin Edinburgh is nestled deep in Edinburgh's Old Town and only a short walk from the historic Royal Mile.A relaxing haven, the hotel offers a trademark Hotel du Vin Bistro, mezzanine bar, private dining, whisky snug and specialist Laroche wine-tasting room. ... more   less 
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