I stayed with my partner at the hotel du vin last week and we couldn't have chosen better! Parking is signposted on the website and though it appears to be a fair walk, in reality it is not far. The reception give you 20% off and this makes it a pretty reasonable cost for city centre parking. On arrival the manager on reception showed us to our room and carried our luggage for us. This set the scene for our dealings with the staff, as they genuinely could not do enough for you. Everything was done with class and with an air of sophisication rather than the overly friendly and fake customer service that is adopted in some hotels and shops which i frankly end up becoming irritated by! In particular i must say we were impressed with Wilbert, the bar manager, who provided us with cocktails and cigars and would go out of his way to ensure we were taken care of. I am now addicted to espresso martini's (and his were the best!)
Rooms: We stayed in a standard room as due to a wedding the superior ones were fully booked one day of our stay. I as initially worried it would be too small after reading reviews on here, but i need not have worried. I am not sure were people have stayed previously but our room (Laroche) was very spacious and we were there for 4 days. The showers are amazing, and the espresso machines in the room caused me much excitement! Some people have commented that it was noisy - we were overlooking the central courtyard and heard very little. The smokers hut in the courtyard is vacated by half 10 and no drinks are allowed outside after 10, so it is not like people congregate out there late. The only thing that did keep me awake was the air con (very loud!) but easily solved by turning it off over-night and then on again in the morning when using the shower! Would definately recommend doing this if you are a light sleeper.
Food: We ate breakfast in the hotel on two occasions, and had a meal in the bistro on one night. I found the breakfasts adequate rather than amazing, however the meal on the evening was really very good. I ate from the prixe fixe menu, whereas my boyfriend went for a la carte options. I was wondering if i would notice a difference between the two meals (e.g. mine being prixe fixe whether the portions would be smaller or of a less quality) but both were superb. I had eggs benedict to start and a steak onglet. Everything was cooked to perfection, and portions were so good i did not have room for a sweet. The eggs benedict at the meal made me want to try the breakfasts, so the next two mornings i dragged my boyfriend down to try and get another amazing dish. To my disappointment the same care did not apear to be taken over the breakfast, and the eggs benedict just did not compare to the starter. It was not bad per se (still very good as breakfasts go!), just small details made it not perfect such as the muffin being slightly overdone or the egg slightly overdone. Just a shame the detail applied in the evenings was not matched on a morning, however it really is a very slight complaint overall and not something that would stop me returning!
Overall: Could not recommend the hotel enough, we will definately be returning as compared to some of the prices we have paid in Edinburgh previously for Novotel's or some other more budget chain we got so much more here by paying a little more. Even the standard rooms are worth it, so please don't hesitate!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Du Vin And Bistro
- Hotel Du Vin & Bistro Edinburgh, Scotland