HDV is a premium brand and this hotel just doesn't justify that premium. From the graffito on the hotel's sign to the the jammed open Fire Door to the kitchen in the main entrance with "Fire Door Keep Locked" prominently displayed on it, to the sauce bottles on the breakfast dining tables, the image is down rather than up market. We have stayed here on a couple of previous occasions. Time has not been kind to Edinburgh HDV. Our room was shabby but far from chic.
Others have commented on the general air of gloom which pervades the building. Our accommodation was exceptionally so as we discovered on our arrival that one of the one candlepower led lights was out of action. We reported this to reception who said that it would be attended to the following morning which seemed at the time to be a perfectly adequate response. The following morning came and went as did yet another bulb. We managed for three nights without any attempt at a repair being made to either. We did sleep soundly knowing that we were doing our bit for global warming.
The interior of HDV is 'quirky'. Quirky presumably means being unable to stand upright in front of the bathroom sink which was the case in our room (Henley Vineyards). The shaving mirror attached to the wall nearby which is presumably intended to address this shortcoming had chipped the paint from the adjacent wall (which given the gloom was difficult to see).
At breakfast I had the temerity to ask for porridge prior to the cooked breakfast. The response from the waiter was that they would arrive together rather than one before the other!
At checkout I parted with almost £600 for three nights B&B. I won't be back.
- 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