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“Bliss on the Royal Mile”

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G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh
Ranked #34 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
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“Bliss on the Royal Mile”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2011

My wife and I spent a week and a half here over Christmas, so we had a good opportunity to scrutinize this fine hotel.

THE GOOD:
Just about everything: the staff, the perfect location, the staff, the gorgeous room, the staff, the extensive complimentary extras, the staff, the excellent food and, well…the staff.

The staff is wonderful: friendly, helpful, eager, and energetic without being solicitous or intrusive. (Thank you, Janine!)

Situated right on the Royal Mile at George IV Bridge, this very new, purpose-built hotel enjoys the best location in Edinburgh. Almost everything is within easy walking distance and, since it is right in the medieval city, it affords visitors easy access to early-morning, pre-tourist-crush strolls that can be quite ethereal.

As an architect, I am more critical of design issues than most. The lobby, bar, and restaurant are stylish and striking, with bold colors and unique flourishes throughout. The rooms are similarly stylish and striking, with wood floors, beautiful Missoni textiles, heavenly bed linens, high-quality fixtures, and beautiful unique finishes such as metallic glass tile and extensive lacquer surfaces. The building itself is more modest but is quite well done, with stone surfaces and detailing making a nod to the nearby Museum of Scotland by Benson & Forsyth.

Above the ground-floor lobby and bar is a mezzanine accommodating the restaurant and meeting rooms. Above that are four stone-clad floors of standard (“Missoni”) and superior (“Maggiore”) rooms, topped by a metal-and-glass penthouse accommodating the suites and a couple more superior rooms. As an inquisitive architect, I was shown many of the rooms by a very patient staff member. If you want great views, request the upper floors. If you want a very quiet room, request a room facing the inner “court”. If you want a wonderfully idiosyncratic room in a completely renovated, centuries-old stone structure, request the northwest wing (its top-floor suite, tucked into a former attic and accessible only by a semi-private radial stairway, is amazing!). And, if you want simply spectacular accommodations, book a suite.

The list of complimentary extras is quite extensive: evening turn-down service (with chocolates), in-room Nespresso, robes and slippers, mini-bar with snacks and drinks (including beer and wine in the superior rooms and suites), in-room wi-fi, in-lobby computer(s), first-run movies, fitness room—even two pieces of laundry per day! When comparing Hotel Missoni’s rates to competitors, it’s necessary to add quite a few pounds to the competitors’.

Growing up with an Italian grandmother who was an amazing cook and who measured love in calories makes me more critical than most when it comes to Cucina Italiana. It’s quite evident the key chefs here are Italian: no pseudo-Italian cooking here! Oh yeah, continental in-room breakfast is very reasonable.

THE BAD:
Nothing here rises (or falls?) to the level of “bad”. I suppose if you like your interiors beige on beige, you won’t like the bold colors here. Perhaps, a grizzled travel veteran could find the staff a bit young but we found that, for what any may have lacked in experience, all of them more than compensated with genuine warmth and an eagerness to please. Yeah, a couple more drawers in the room would be useful but we did just fine and we were not traveling light. Evidently, the ten-or-so rooms in the renovated structure in the northwest wing have single glazing facing the street and could, therefore, allow more street noise in. That’s all, folks.

THE UGLY:
Nothing. Other than having to leave.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2011

Just came back from a couple nights. Booked on their website and opted for their internet pre-book special. The hotel is perfectly situated for the best touristing of the city. The decor is Missoni through and through, a nice quirky and colorful mix - especially welcome during the cold and dark winter days!

The room was spacious and very well thought out. The extras were excellent - free Nespresso coffee, mini-bar (restocked every day), movies and tv channels in every possible language...

Do yourself a favour and order the breakfast in bed. It was excellent and well worth the price.

The service was excellent and very professional.

I often stay in 4-5 star holes in Europe, and most often Italy... this hotel is very much in keeping with this chic aesthetic, but with extras I have never seen anywhere else.

Any previous poor ratings have been by people with unrealistic expectations... I can very highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed January 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2011

brilliant hotel with superb staff at reception and the best beauty therapist...Zoe you are amazing!!! Hotel is very modern and the room and bathroom stylish and so very clean. any question or request to reception staff was dealt with in the most professional way. They go the extra mile..thanks james and carolyn in particular. And the kilted doorman who sorted our room heating enquiry. an exceptional hotel with special staff

  • Stayed January 2011
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2011

We stayed at Hotel Missoni for one night on the 4th January and were very pleasantly surprised. Being self confessed Hotel-Holics, we try to get away to nice hotels across the country and across Europe as much as possible. We were concerned that Hotel Missoni may offer style over substance, but we were wrong. Many of the really trendy hotels we have stayed in before really lack in service, but not in this case. Missoni is a beautiful hotel. The room was a good size, as was the bathroom. The bar is lovely. Cocktails great! And the food and service in the restaurant was excellent too. I must admit we are very fussy travellers, but we couldn't find fault and would definately return. And I don't say that very often at all!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2011

Stayed here for a couple of nights during a business trip with about other colleagues. Check in and check out were the only problems. They didn't seem to have enough staff for us at the moment we all arrived (about 10 of us).

The rooms are great. Not too big, and not too small. Everything is very trendy, artsy, and compact which I really like. The TV was a great little audio device which allowed me to play my iPod through it with ease.

Shower was very unique and took a little getting used to but still loved it. We drank and partied at the bar late and had a good time. Looking forward to visiting here again when I return.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2011

My now husband and I chose to stay here on the night of our wedding after searching for the perfect place, it was right across the road from the location of our wedding. I have to say I was so impressed, our room was upgraded to a gorgeous corner room with fantastic views and had lots of space with lots of light and fashionable decor. The bathroom especially was beautiful, the shower amazing and the Nespresso coffee machine a nice touch.

Upon check in I ordered myself a Basil Mojito to banish the pre-wedding jitters, it took a little while so I called to check it was coming, it was there in a matter of minutes after this with a warm apology and I was told I would not be charged due to the delay, which was very kind of them. When we returned after the ceremony and meal there was a bottle of wine and a tasty little fruit tart waiting for us with a card congratulating us. Another lovely touch.

Breakfast was also perfect. i could not have enjoyed my stay here more, it made the perfect wedding all that more amazing. the staff were genuine and lovely and the whole building was modern and very classy. I thoroughly recommend

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2011

Agree with previous reviewer - rooms far too hot, extremely uncomfortable. There appeared to be no aircon and the system that we were trying to get cooler air out of was extremely noisy. All in all not a good nights sleep!
I booked a deluxe room, expecting slightly bigger and views over the city as described on the website, if you have been to edinburgh before dont waste your money on the 'views'. Rooms in a travelodge are bigger than the deluxe room. Room was dirty - the bright bold colours on the wall unfortunately highlighted the dirt and stains all over the walls, all very off putting.
Evening meal was good, breakfast not that impressive, bar has no atmosphere.
New spa is small but I did have one of the best facials I have ever had.
All the staff were pleasant but all very young and not very perceptive to see how dissapointed we were in the morning.
And finally the men all have to wear badly fitting, crushed suits !

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh
Address: 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD, Scotland (Formerly Hotel Missoni)
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Cowgate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#3 Green Hotel in Edinburgh
#3 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#4 Spa Hotel in Edinburgh
#4 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#21 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh 5*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
G&V Royal Mile Hotel, Edinburgh is set in the heart of the capital on the historic Royal Mile. The hotel has breath-taking views over the Royal Mile, Edinburgh's Old Town, Arthur's Seat and even on to and across the Firth of Forth. Established as one of Scotland's most stylish five star hotels, G&V Hotel is known for warm, friendly, five star hospitality tailored to the individual. As part of the Quorvus Collection, G&V Royal Mile Hotel is a new generation of luxury combining contemporary design, a warm welcome and Scottish character. All 136 rooms and suites come with complimentary Wi-Fi, newspapers and Nespresso coffee and tea. Each room includes rain showers, generous bath products, LCD TV's with iPod and laptop connections, luxurious bathrobes and slippers. ... more   less 
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