I stayed here after picking up a brochure on it from one of Indigo Edinburgh's sister hotels; Holiday Inn Wembley. I had been so pleased with my stay in Wembley that I decided on making Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, which is part of the same owning group as Holiday Inn Wembley (Sojourn Hotels) part of a Christmas present I was planning for my mother.
We travelled up on the overnight sleeper train Friday night, and awoke almost at Edinburgh on Saturday morning. We turned up at the hotel about 08:30, so obviously the room was far from ready, but the hotel kindly let us leave our bags there all day. When we returned around 3pm, the room was ready and waiting so we were checked in and told the bags had already been taken to the room for us, and given our IHG Rewards Platinum welcome drink and snack voucher. We had room 112 on the ground floor (the one and only twin exec room with 2 king beds). The room was beautiful and very spacious. A welcome tray awaited us with canapés and drinks, as well as the teas, coffees, biscuits and complimentary non-alcoholic minibar. The beds were some of the nicest I've ever slept in. The shower was a proper rain shower, ceiling fitted, and was lovely to use. My mother also enjoyed the nice big bath which she could relax in. The TV system was well set up with plenty of channels, movies for rental, as well as information on the hotel and the ability to view bill, check out, set wake up etc.
We ate in the hotel Saturday night, expecting a reasonably good meal, and were blown away. The food really is excellent and the waiting staff polite, courteous and generally serving in excellence. I had the game terrine followed by pork belly and finally apple and dunsyre cheese butter pudding. All of these were made to perfection, particularly the dessert which was one of the nicest desserts I've had. My mother had the seafood rock pool which was similarly delightful. Breakfast was also excellently made - I had the delicious full Scottish breakfast - the poached eggs and tattie scones in particular were just perfect. The only downside of breakfast was that we could hear someone scraping our toast (so it's not burnt) and whilst it's good they made this effort, it'd be that little bit better to have it perfectly toasted in the first place - only a very minor point though, didn't affect our enjoyment of breakfast at all.
Throughout the entire stay, staff went out of their way to make sure we were having a good time, from the attentive service at dinner to the pleasant passing chats with housekeeping staff. This hotel really outdid itself and deserves recognition. If I had to give a negative then it would be that the free wifi is only 500kbps - didn't matter too much as I could tether my phone's internet connection, but it'd be nicer to make the free wifi a bit faster (say 1mbps), at least for platinum guests.
All in all though, I really do hope opportunity to return to this hotel presents itself. I would return in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Indigo Edinburgh welcomes you in April 2012! Set in the heart of the historic city of Edinburgh. Steeped in history itself, the hotel building dates back to the early 1800’s with many of the historic features preserved. Each stylish room offers up to date technology with a media hub offering guests the connectivity they demand whilst on the move. Relax in our lounge bar and restaurant, savouring some of Scotland’s favourite dishes and drinks with a contemporary twist. For something special join us for afternoon tea or pre and post theatre dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Scotland