In Edinburgh for the weekend (a friend's birthday party) and it was difficult to choose a hotel. We have stayed at several other hotels du vin and probably knew what to expect. Location is very good, but Edinburgh is a relatively small city. Most tourist attractions are within walking distance of the hotel, and the castle is only a 10 minute walk maximum.
As usual, the restaurant/bistro is really the focus of the hotel, and means there is little in the way of lobby/public areas because the bistro takes up most of the ground floor space. The food is good, service also good.
Our room was disappointing. Great in the sense that it was very quiet (as for the top floor because I imagine the lower floors are not quite as noise-free) and the bed was very comfortable, but as usual the Du Vin's weird design features ruin the experience. The bathroom is vast (as big as the bedroom and the worst thing is that it is open plan. Completely. So the bath is in the middle of the floor, and the toilet is completely open too. Doesn't matter how long I have known my other half, I still think it is crazy to have an open plan toilet.
Being 40 something, I think I am slightly too old for this hotel chain and its wacky open plan toilets. It's a shame because the service is good and the overall concept is appealing.
Would not choose a du Vin again.
- 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