We stayed here for four nights during the festival and loved it. Our top floor suite (Veuve Cliquot) was just plain gorgeous with both a fabulous separate bathroom and freestanding bathtub in the bay window of the bedroom.
HdV Edinburgh would sit very comfortably in the pages of Wallpaper magazine. I would describe the decor as warm, sophisticated, well thought out, modern city chic. It's a combination of cream shades blended with wood, slate, check carpets and chrome. Although the hotel is less than a year old, I was very impressed to see a maintenance guy touching up some marked paintwork on a wall near the lift. Unlike some other hotels I have stayed in, these guys realise you don't just build it and forget it, it has to be maintained to keep it looking good and HdV Edinburgh does look very good indeed.
Our top floor suite comprised a very large bedroom and separate bathroom. Notable design notes were a dark grey carpet, black distressed wooden beams with uplighting in the eaves section and walnut coloured furniture. The colours and decor well suited a new Edinburgh hotel partly created within an old building. The bathroom had the best shower I've EVER used, his and hers basins and a large double window with black narrow slat venetian blinds even though we were not overlooked at all. I thought that at £300 per night bed only it was very good value during the festival period.
We also like the relaxed mezzanine bar where the wine is kept in a state of the art storage system so that by the glass it is served in perfect condition at perfect temperature. In some other hotels and restaurants, wine by the glass can often be old and oxidised, fit only to be chucked down the drain. Not here, it was perfection. We also like the bistro where we had a very relaxed breakfast with some laid back background music (no naff Radio 1 and 2 here thank goodness) which they serve until 11am.
We found the reception staff extremely courteous and helpful. We parked our Prius (hence PriusExplorer) in their small drive while we unloaded our bags and the young woman who greated us could not have been keener to help us in with them. Checking out was relaxed, and hassle free - they were not hung up on an arbitrary deadline. A nice touch as it makes you feel like a guest rather than room filling fodder.
The only negatives were that they should invest in some decent maps to give to guests in this city where people walk a lot epecially during the festival when you go from event to event and which is confusing for a first time visitor like me because Edinburgh is built on different levels.
Sadly, I found the HdV wi fi very poor. You get only 30 minutes free at one time and then irritatingly have to keep logging in again and again. And the speed was snail's pace. I wish I could understand why a business spends £zillions creating such a fabulous hotel from scratch and then tops it off with mean and slow wi fi. In another city hotel I stayed at which also had free wi fi, it was so inefficient that it wound up all the guests who were otherwise delighted with the hotel.
To sum up if you're looking for a modern hotel in a great location in Edinburgh go for the Hotel du Vin. I'm fussy and if I returned to Edinburgh I would not stay anywhere else.
- 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