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“For those who enjoy fine things in fine surroundings!” 5 of 5 stars
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Tigerlily Hotel
Ranked #19 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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4 reviews
“For those who enjoy fine things in fine surroundings!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2011

Me and Mrs RB booked in here for a romantic child-free getaway and we were not disappointed. The staff know their jobs and did them well, especially the short dark haired hostess/receptionist who checked us in and showed us to our room. We were upgraded for free which was a welcome bonus!

The overall feel of the place is of chic feminine grandeur - and subtlety is not the done thing in the decor here - but, as others have commented, this is not overdone and for us stays comfortably balanced between classic and modern. The day time cool gives way to a warm party atmosphere in the evening. The lighting and decor comes to life as the night falls, as do the two rectangular bars with their fantastic cocktails. Our first waiter was brilliant - friendly and very efficient. A waitress later in the night seemed to be still mastering the art of mixology and struggled, meaning our drinks order took close to 10 minutes to prepare. The atmosphere was wonderful. The night is what you make of it, and we made a great one for ourselves with Tigerlily, Tequila Espresso and Long Island Ice Tea cocktails as well as a Black Gold - neat potato vodka with cracked black pepper (recommended). The cocktails ranged from £7 upwards so a round is not cheap but the entertainment value as well as the ambiance meant that we were more than happy to finish our evening in Edinburgh back in the champagne bar ordering more cocktails.

Our room was the superior mini suite number 25. We have stayed in other boutiques, and we both agree this room will take some beating. The main space is split between a large dressing table with full length and wall mounted ornate mirrors, a seating and coffee table warmed by a remote control fire, facing a huge wall mounted plasma, a window area with a feature table and, of course, a huge and super comfy double bed. Mrs RB had the best sleep in a long time on this! There is a generous mini-bar/tea and coffee tray although the milk supplied was only enough for one cup of coffee (I am more that happy that if addressed the concierge would have brought more..such is the service).

The bathroom is a long galley which starts with a square basined sink area (complete with plenty of towels, White Company goods and other bits and pieces, and continues into a large wet room with a reasonable size bath. There is a wall-mounted shower within the bath which is almost a power shower, and the lighting is a mix of practical and moody.

Some reports comment that the lights are difficult to use. We disagree and think they are fairly straightforward (one button to dim and one button to raise the lights). The noise too from the bar and nightclub below was minimal, although we were on the third (top) floor. The fireplace was a minor negative, there is a 'knack' to it which does require effort (Mrs RB is a practical Goddess though so had this sussed in no time). We kept this on all night (apologies to eco warriors) and it gave the entire room (and bathroom) an ethereal glow. The view from the two double-hung windows was of the drab inner quadrant running between the terraces, but the general splendour of the room meant we only really looked outside to check on the weather. One positive here was feature lighting running alongside the (very cold) air conditioning vents at the base of each window. At night, each glows pink, then red - nice feature. The selection of channels is limited to Freeview, and there did not appear to be an EPG on the box.

Although we didn't dine on the evening (we felt glad we didn't as the bar was very noisy and the restaurant really is right on the edge of the main bar), we did opt for the breakfast in bed - full Scottish. This was delivered promptly and was exceptionally good.

Checkout was smooth and efficient, which seems to some up the hotel and the experience in general. We had a brilliant time here and we will return! An experience for those who enjoy fine things in fine surroundings!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2011

We are just back from a weekend break in Edinburgh and are so glad we picked Tigerlily. Our friends were there last year and had a great time so we decided to give it a go. The hotel staff were really friendly and welcoming when we arrived and nothing seemed to be any trouble. The hotel itself is very cool. We had a drink in the bar before having a great meal in the restaurant. - its difficult to put into words but it all has a certain buzz about it and you get the feeling its the place to be in Edinburgh! The room we had was superb with lovely design/decor - a nice touch was the iPod which had loads of music on it and my partner loved the GHD's!!! We just got the feeling that there was a lot of attention to detail which makes a big difference. We had a great time and can't wait to go back during the festival. The only issue was parking but to be fair the hotel is right in the centre so we used the NCP (5 minutes walk).

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2011

Stayed here for our wedding anniversary. Can't speak highly enough of our visit. Got a good deal via Expedia and some discount codes - so off to a good start!!! Booked a luxury double room on a room only basis. Room was large with all modern facilities. Very comfortable bed. Super Shower.

Hotel is central........We walked everywhere for the weekend!!!

Staff were very friendly and could not do enough for us. Arrived late following a four hour flight delay and had to go through the bar to book in at the smallest check in desk I have ever encountered.

Had lunch on the Saturday and the restaurant was very busy. Breakfast was served on Sunday to 6pm and we treated ourselves to pancakes. Most enjoyable.

Overall, very pleased with my choice. Looking forward to my next trip to Edinburgh and to Tigerlily!!!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2011

What can I say about Tigerlily? Amazing place to stay!! We were on a short visit to Edinburgh, having arrived on the sleeper train from London. I had called earlier in the week to see if we might be able to check in early (without holding out much hope as they were fully booked) but to our surprise, our room was ready and waiting for us at 8am. Everyone we encountered at Tigerlily was friendly, helpful and charming. The decor is fun and beautifully designed. We had an amazing stay and it's made it on to the top of our favourite hotel list! 

  • Stayed March 2011
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Thank car80London
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2011

I stayed here on business, hoping to escape the uniformity of other hotel chains, and I was not disappointed. This is a fantastic hotel, very individual and they seem to have thought of everything. Fully loaded i pods in the rooms, ghd hair straighteners, great toiletries...the list is endless.
My room was spacious (huge actually) and spotless. The bed was gorgeous and the decor amazing. Bathroom was also huge with a giant walk in shower (no bath).
There was noise from the nightclub below but nothing to complain about, and the bar and restaurant are both worth a visit.
The staff are helpful and polite. They even gave tips on when is best to book and how to save money!
I will make this my Edinburgh base from now on, and look forward to returning soon.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Thank Slesl
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2011

Had another fabulous stay here and we were given a free upgrade as it was my birthday.
Stayed for Dinner Bed & Breakfast - food fantastic and staff very friendly and helpful.
Will be back very soon

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank linzcarey
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Dubai, UAE
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2011

My wife and I had a great weekend here. The rooms are massive and the decor is stunning.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Property: Tigerlily Hotel
Address: 125 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#7 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#14 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#38 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tigerlily Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 33
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