Most people reading this will know the standards that one has come to expect at Du Vin hotels. They set their prices high (some might say too high) but with that has always gone exceptionally well appointed hotels with a high degree of comfort and style together with good service. This hotel ticks all those boxes and particularly as it is fairly new. You have to accept that with the premises that Du Vin opts for there can be some drawbacks and often it is the bedroom size. One of my colleagues who had paid over £150 room only on this visit had a room the size of a proverbial shoebox and when trying to change it couldn't and was told that this was typical of the 'standard room' - ouch.
Add to the cost of a room, breakfast and a bar tarrif that will set you back over £6 for a whisky or brandy (at least) and you will know that a stay here will not be cheap. There are some quirks with Du Vin baths that are not designed for comfort. Even the standard ones are very deep and the backs are at an angle which means lying back and relaxing is not easy. In my room they had one of those ludicrous (though some people love them) monsoon showers - hugely wasteful of water and the bath was unable to empty the waste at the same rate so consequently you soon are knee deep in water. Have a bath and the plug leaks and so the water drains away - ah well.
Now comes my major niggle with Du Vin. I believe that there has been an unacceptable affect on customer comforts by Malmaison who own the brand, flexing their muscle. As an example a hotel of this quality should provide fresh milk in a carton in the fridge and also a bottle of water (yes free). Instead you get ridiculous little tubes of milk and not many of them. Much lesser hotels provide a biscuit as well - not here. In fact the wide choice of snacks and biscuits, all chargeable mind, that used to be in the rooms has gone My suggestion is everyone ask reception/chamber maid for more then they will get fed up and provide more. I would prefer some instant coffee but that is a personal touch.
The DuVin still welcomes smokers and has forked out some £30,000 on a "cigar shack" which is more comfortable than many hotels I have been in. Due to local licensing laws however, you cannot drink alcohol outside after 10pm so have your brandy inside and then rush outside for your cigar - crazy or what? I guess though not Du Vin's fault.
Don't rely on a restaurant recommendation from reception - the one we got was dire. I know they want you to dine in the hotel but in a city like Edinburgh, when you are there for 4 nights, you want a change.
I do hope that the brand is not on the slide due to it no longer being owned by a smaller group. Let's hope that the corporate bean counters don't ruin it.
All in all apart from the negatives, I doubt you'll be disappointed here.
- 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