The young, friendly reception staff clearly recognises the importance of making a good first impression. On arrival, our bags were carried to The Beijing, leaving our hands free to carry the complimentary glasses of champagne.
Room 306 has an oriental theme with Chinoiserie furniture and an impressive dragon mural snaking its way along one wall. The mood lighting creates a certain ambience (if you're cleverer then me and able to figure out the preset 'scenes') and when you discover that the pull chord in the bathroom controls the switchable glass window above the bath, you'll also be able to watch TV whilst having a soak. Pour yourself a Hendrick's (£6) and tonic from the mini-bar - call reception for ice - and relax.
Le Monde's location is perfect. A five minute walk from Waverley station and right next door to the Dome - a must visit place to enjoy afternoon tea (or cocktails).
The hotel bar may not boast quite as much opulence as its neighbour but the informal atmosphere seems to attract a younger crowd of customers until the early hours of Sunday morning.
Breakfast, served in aforementioned bar, is delicious if not a little pricey at just under £10 for a 'full scottish' which doesn't include tea/coffee or toast. You could skip along the road to Weatherspoons for a cheaper alternative but it's doubtful whether they'd match the quality of Le Monde's sausages.
Definitely plan to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted the 8th trendiest hotel in the UK, we are without a doubt the trendiest hotel on George Street, and one of only three to make the shortlist in Edinburgh. Wander through a unique odyssey of world class eating, drinking and dreaming... without even leaving Edinburgh. Our 18 individually designed rooms are inspired by some of the world's most exciting cities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Monde Edinburgh Hotel Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Le Monde Hotel
- Le Monde Hotel Edinburgh Scotland