G&V Royal Mile Hotel, Edinburgh
This May, we decided to visit Edinburgh for Beige & Blush’s anniversary and for one of our editor’s birthdays. We’ve heard lots about the beautiful city and we couldn’t help but be intrigued to visit…
We flew from London to Edinburgh with Ryan Air and what a delightful journey it was. We took the Standsted Express from Liverpool and was spacious, air-conditioned and most of all a fast and reliable service. Take the stress out of travelling to or from Stansted Airport and enjoy the comfortable, modern seating, friendly, attentive staff and easy access luggage compartments.
Edinburgh is a city of contrasts: from the tranquil play of the winter sunlight across the imposing sandstone facades, to the heady revelry of the long summer months, when streets and parklands are filled with late-night laughter and performances. This thriving city boasts a rich and storied history, told with a modern attitude. The perfect destination for urbane activity and outdoor pursuit, there’s no end of things to do. The elegant addresses of Multrees Walk and St Andrews Square are the go-to for luxury shopping, whilst the many world-class museums and galleries afford the perfect cultural diversion.
Brightening up Edinburgh’s historic, stonewash grandeur with monochrome prints and flashes of neon, G&V Royal Mile Hotel is a splendid retreat and a must visit, with a restaurant and bar styled with fresh silvery tones and a futuristic chic. We were delighted to stay in this bold and striking boutique hotel and the best part, it’s so close to the castle…
It’s the only five-star hotel on the Royal Mile, located between the George IV Bridge and the photogenic charms of Victoria Street (hence the name G&V for ‘George’ and ‘Victoria’). Just about everything you might want to see or do is close at hand, with Waverley Station and airport links five minutes’ walk away.
Rooms come in ‘Petite’ (effectively singles), ‘Signature’ and ‘Deluxe’ featuring pale wood floors with statement rugs and calm simple colour schemes - primarily soft greys and white with the occasional pop of colour, making for a stylishly spartan look. Nespresso machines, complimentary newspapers and properly high-speed internet access are welcome inclusions. They also have nine striking suites, individually designed by notable Scottish artists and designers (Hatti Pattison, Judy R. Clark and the Timorous Beasties) are delights of colour, wit and style. We stayed in the Judy R Clark Studio Suite - the dark wood features of this overly inviting suite are distinctly Scottish, and very fitting for the hotel’s Old Town location. Designed by Scottish Fashion Designer of the Year Judy R Clark, this suite is a true revival of the romance of Scotland’s heroic past.
Cucina is sociable and lively, with booths and banquette seating, framed prints in rainbow hues, and a huge communal wooden table near the glass wall overlooking the lobby. The food is Italian and it’s super fresh and most of all delicious. They have elegant mains including home-made caserecci pasta with almonds, mint and tomato pesto; and duck breast with peaches, fennel and potato purée.
The cool upbeat vibe of the Edinburgh bar, Epicurean, generates a vibrant atmosphere for city dwellers and guests alike. You can sip colourful cocktails made by some of the capital’s finest mixologists, blended with home grown flowers and herbs from G&V’s EvoGro hydroponic. Or, choose from a selection of Scottish and Mediterranean spirits – the drinks menu is truly diverse. There’s also an all-day dining menu. We opted in for the Lavender Fields and Miel Royale drinks – so fresh and tasty, oh and we have to mention, the service is impeccable here.
We had a tremendous time staying with the G&V Royal Mile Hotel , the service is brilliant, the location is ideal and the décor is marvellous – you just can’t help but take a photo at every angle. We will be here again!