Tue 13 Oct 2015
It was my husband’s birthday last week, so to celebrate I arranged a night out for the two of us in Edinburgh. As we had babysitters for the night, I booked an overnight stay at the G&V Royal Mile Hotel (formerly Hotel Missoni). We don’t usually stay in 5 star hotels, but I got a special rate. We were really looking forward to a bit of luxury!
The hotel was designed by fashion house Missoni in 2009, so it is a very modern building with lots of designer touches. It became part of the Quorvus Collection in 2014, when it was renamed the G&V (George & Victoria) as it is located on the corner of George IV Bridge and Victoria Street. This is a fantastic central location on the famous Royal Mile.
I loved the hotel as soon as we walked in. The contemporary design featured many different patterns and textures, mostly black and white but with some accents of bright colour. It worked really well. I mean, there was a lot going on – I probably wouldn’t want all those different patterns in my house, but it looked great here. When we checked in the staff were very welcoming and helpful, and we were told we’d been upgraded to a Signature Room on the top floor!
When we went up to our room the first thing that struck me was the stunning view. There was a large window looking out over the rooftops of Edinburgh. The room was clean, comfortable and contemporary. We had air conditioning, free wi-fi, speciality tea and a coffee machine, mineral water, a mini bar and an amazing rain shower. They had even left a card and little box of fudge for my husband wishing him a happy birthday. The toiletries by Arran Aromatics were gorgeous. The bed was comfy. There was a turn down service. I don’t have a bad word to say about it! We had a great night out in Edinburgh and it was lovely staying in the centre of town, rather than getting the night bus home.
The next morning we had breakfast in the hotel. The Continental Breakfast had a very wide selection of juice, fruit and yoghurt, cereal, meat and fish, cheese, bread and cake. Everything I tried was delicious. We both ordered the full Scottish Breakfast, which is cooked to order. There was a mix up with our order and we ended up waiting quite a while for it to arrive. In the end we had to ask where it was, but they were very apologetic and brought it soon after. To be honest, it was not the best hotel breakfast I’ve ever had. The egg was far too runny and you only got one sausage and one rasher of bacon. There was no haggis, beans, hash browns or tattie scones. This was my only complaint of the stay.
Check out was 12 pm, which was great as we could relax at breakfast. We even had time for a walk along the Royal Mile before leaving at midday. We had a brilliant time and I would love to go back one day!
Rooms and suites at the G&V Royal Mile Hotel range in price from around £150 to over £900 per night, depending when you visit and which room type you choose. This hotel is perfect for a celebration or special treat. I would highly recommend it if you can get a good rate. But I would suggest breakfast elsewhere as there are lots of nice pubs and cafes nearby.
G&V Royal Mile Hotel, 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD