My wife and I spent a week and a half here over Christmas, so we had a good opportunity to scrutinize this fine hotel.
Just about everything: the staff, the perfect location, the staff, the gorgeous room, the staff, the extensive complimentary extras, the staff, the excellent food and, well…the staff.
The staff is wonderful: friendly, helpful, eager, and energetic without being solicitous or intrusive. (Thank you, Janine!)
Situated right on the Royal Mile at George IV Bridge, this very new, purpose-built hotel enjoys the best location in Edinburgh. Almost everything is within easy walking distance and, since it is right in the medieval city, it affords visitors easy access to early-morning, pre-tourist-crush strolls that can be quite ethereal.
As an architect, I am more critical of design issues than most. The lobby, bar, and restaurant are stylish and striking, with bold colors and unique flourishes throughout. The rooms are similarly stylish and striking, with wood floors, beautiful Missoni textiles, heavenly bed linens, high-quality fixtures, and beautiful unique finishes such as metallic glass tile and extensive lacquer surfaces. The building itself is more modest but is quite well done, with stone surfaces and detailing making a nod to the nearby Museum of Scotland by Benson & Forsyth.
Above the ground-floor lobby and bar is a mezzanine accommodating the restaurant and meeting rooms. Above that are four stone-clad floors of standard (“Missoni”) and superior (“Maggiore”) rooms, topped by a metal-and-glass penthouse accommodating the suites and a couple more superior rooms. As an inquisitive architect, I was shown many of the rooms by a very patient staff member. If you want great views, request the upper floors. If you want a very quiet room, request a room facing the inner “court”. If you want a wonderfully idiosyncratic room in a completely renovated, centuries-old stone structure, request the northwest wing (its top-floor suite, tucked into a former attic and accessible only by a semi-private radial stairway, is amazing!). And, if you want simply spectacular accommodations, book a suite.
The list of complimentary extras is quite extensive: evening turn-down service (with chocolates), in-room Nespresso, robes and slippers, mini-bar with snacks and drinks (including beer and wine in the superior rooms and suites), in-room wi-fi, in-lobby computer(s), first-run movies, fitness room—even two pieces of laundry per day! When comparing Hotel Missoni’s rates to competitors, it’s necessary to add quite a few pounds to the competitors’.
Growing up with an Italian grandmother who was an amazing cook and who measured love in calories makes me more critical than most when it comes to Cucina Italiana. It’s quite evident the key chefs here are Italian: no pseudo-Italian cooking here! Oh yeah, continental in-room breakfast is very reasonable.
Nothing here rises (or falls?) to the level of “bad”. I suppose if you like your interiors beige on beige, you won’t like the bold colors here. Perhaps, a grizzled travel veteran could find the staff a bit young but we found that, for what any may have lacked in experience, all of them more than compensated with genuine warmth and an eagerness to please. Yeah, a couple more drawers in the room would be useful but we did just fine and we were not traveling light. Evidently, the ten-or-so rooms in the renovated structure in the northwest wing have single glazing facing the street and could, therefore, allow more street noise in. That’s all, folks.
Nothing. Other than having to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- G&V Royal Mile Hotel, Edinburgh is set in the heart of the capital on the historic Royal Mile. The hotel has breath-taking views over the Royal Mile, Edinburgh's Old Town, Arthur's Seat and even on to and across the Firth of Forth. Established as one of Scotland's most stylish five star hotels, G&V Hotel is known for warm, friendly, five star hospitality tailored to the individual. As part of the Quorvus Collection, G&V Royal Mile Hotel is a new generation of luxury combining contemporary design, a warm welcome and Scottish character. All 136 rooms and suites come with complimentary Wi-Fi, newspapers and Nespresso coffee and tea. Each room includes rain showers, generous bath products, LCD TV's with iPod and laptop connections, luxurious bathrobes and slippers. ... more less
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- G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh Scotland