My husband booked this as a suprise treat for my birthday and we arrived for a special deal on 14.02.11. The deal included B&B in a luxury suite and dinner for two. The hotel is slap bang in the centre of Edinburgh, but Edinburgh's one way system and the lack of parking in the hotel made for a frazzled arrival, Hotel du Vin do a discount deal with a local NCP, but finding it is another matter! Once we were there, the reception was slightly frosty, nobody used our names, asked how our journey had been etc or even appeared remotely interested in anything but securing my husbands pre-authorisation on his credit card! Obviously we were being treated as the deliquents we must look! I understood the principle behind this procedure, but it was poorly and aggressively explained. Once in the room though, it was simply beautiful. It was huge, with an 8ft bed, stand-alone roll top bath, sofa, adequate storage, monsoon shower and gorgeous toiletries, which were complimentary for you to take. Plenty of choice in the tea and coffee department too! Perfect! All the fabrics/furnishings were luxurious and clean, the wallpaper very decadent, the only downside was the view. We were on the main road, above a noisy bus stop, I suppose you can't have everything!! Since we live in the City anyway, it wasn't a problem, but if you were booking and would prefer a quieter spot, request a room at the back, off the road. The evening meal was simply outstanding, a little more guidance from the staff on the portion sizes would have been appreciated. (top tip - their eggs benedict is mouth watering as a starter!) The menu is very non-descriptive and as we had a set value to use, we ordered sides and they weren't really neccessary, we could have shared and left room for dessert! The wine list is extensive and if you have the cash, splash it here, we picked a mid - price £30 one as the meal was free and it was more than worth it! They seated us in a private corner which was nice and romantic and having a quick look about the hotel, the dining rooms/bar/whiskey bar were all furnished to a high standard. There's even a little heated smoking cabana outside! The staff on departure were friendlier, the dining room staff especially at breakfast the next morning were lovely. (And yes, we had eggs benedict for breakfast too, it was that good!) Edinburgh is lovely, we just could have done with more time. Hotel du vin is very "high-end" 4 star, it is expensive, but if its a more luxurious approach you like, it'll do you nicely! Would stay again.
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