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Monday, 7 August 2017

Hotel Review - G&V Royal Mile Hotel, 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

I love Edinburgh. In fact, myself and Nicola spend quite a few weekends in the capital so when we were asked if we would be interested in spending the night in Edinburgh to review the 5 Star G&V Royal Mile Hotel, there was only going to be one answer.
As the only 5 star hotel on Edinburgh Royal Mile, you can't miss G&V as the hotel is housed inside a daring and modern building, designed by Milanese architect Matteo Thun, and stands out in sharp contrast to the surrounding 'Old Town' of the capital.
Once you step into the hotel, where you are greeted by doormen dressed in the hotels hallmarked tweed kilts, you are met with a very modern and contemporary hotel interior.
We had arrived early in the day and our room wasn't quite ready yet so after leaving our case at reception, we spent the next couple of hours sightseeing, eating and drinking before making our way back to the hotel to check in properly.
Taking its name from the prime location on George IV Bridge and Victoria street, the hotel is just a short walk from Edinburgh Waverley rail station, Edinburgh Castle, the Grassmarket and the busy shopping area of Princes Street. After a quick check-in, we were shown to our room on the fourth floor and looked forward to relaxing a little before heading downstairs for dinner at the hotel restaurant, Cucina.
A lovely note welcomed us to Edinburgh and as we kicked back with a glass of wine, we tucked into the fresh strawberries and white chocolate platter that had been left for our arrival.
We had great views from the bedroom, with Lothian Chambers just across the road with Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Craggs just behind, and we could just about make out the Firth of Forth to the north behind the rooftop of the High Court.
Our room for the night was one of the hotels 'Signature Rooms' which sets itself out as a perfect modern living space and a blend of function and elegance.
There's no mistaking that the interior designers have done a decent job in creating a comfortable place to spend an evening or two. Sliding mirrored walls double up as the doors to shelves and hanging space on one side and to the bathroom door on the other, helping give the impression that the room is a lot larger than it actually is.
That said, there's plenty of room for a comfortable kingsize bed although if you like a firm pillow, it might be worth having a word with hotel reception as the two duck feather pillows that I had, left me feeling very flat in bed.
A couple of trendy lounge chairs took up just enough space at the bottom of the room alongside a pedestal table which is perfect for serving drinks although maybe not that comfortable if you're on business and hoping to get a little work done. In saying that, if you are looking to catch up on work when, there are plenty of areas down near the reception area that would easily serve as a makeshift office. All of the rooms come with free WiFi and are also fitted with a flatscreen TV with a huge selection of English channels.
Floor to ceiling windows helped keep the room well illuminated and should the sun make a rare appearance, heavy duty blackout blinds keep the room nice and cool. We were also able to get a great view of The Royal Mile (which was eerily quiet at 3 o'clock in the morning) from our room and although only 4 floors up, the double glazing done a good job of keeping the noise from the busy street below firmly on the outside.
The bathroom is fitted with a good sized walk-in shower with a monsoon style shower which offered enough power to blow the cobwebs away after a late night.
The modern feel of the room continues into the bathroom with squared edges and bold colour shouting for attention. If I was creating a wetroom, I'm not sure that I would ever pick purple as the main colour of my splashbacks but it seems to work in the modern Signature Room at G&V Hotel.
Keeping with the modern feel of the bathroom, a selection of toiletries from the Feel Good Formulas range by Arran Aromatics were waiting for us upon our arrival. The bergamot and ginger cleansing shower gel was my favourite and the zingy fragrant shower gel was a perfect way to wake-up call.
After a short nap and freshen up, we made our way downstairs for a very nice dinner at Cucina (full review to follow) before ending the night at the hotel bar, Epicurean for a post dinner drink. The bar might be cleverly hidden away behind a bookcase divider but that hasn't stopped it quickly becoming one of Edinburgh's coolest drinking spots since it opened in November 2016.
In sharp contrast to the modernist styling of the hotel, Epicurean has a Great Gatsby feel to it with marble bartop, hounds-tooth tiled floor and mix of dark wooden panelling and maroon leather seating adding a touch of old school class.
The cocktail menu, inspired by the Scottish Colourists and created by some of the best mixologists in the city, offers a huge selection of cocktails and mocktails using aromatic infusions, homegrown flowers, premium spirits and homemade juices but after dinner we both felt like a refreshing gin & tonic to end the night. With so many gins to choose from, there's a gin to suit everyone and in the end Nicola settled on one of her own personal favourites, Monkey 47 while I kept it local with Pickering's 1947 which is distilled less than a mile from the hotel.
After a long day and a great dinner and drinks, it was time to head upstairs to bed. Like most big cities, Edinburgh looks great at night when the old buildings are lit up in the sky and we had a great view of the High Court and The Balmoral Hotel in the background.
We both woke early after a pretty decent sleep (not forgetting that my pillows could have been better) and after making use of the in-room Nespresso machine before heading back down to Cucina where we enjoyed a fantastic breakfast. (I'll cover breakfast in my Cucina review)
The hotel also has a spa offering a wide range of bespoke treatments developed in collaboration with Ishga and Ila but unfortunately we didn't have time to experience the spa as we had a busy Sunday ahead of us and had to check out shortly after breakfast.
We enjoyed our stay at G&V Royal Mile Hotel and would have no hesitation in recommending G&V if you're looking for a bit of luxury in the capital whilst making sure that you've got a handy base for all that Edinburgh has to offer.
We stayed at G&V Royal Mile Hotel as guests of the hotel and we would like to take the time to thank the management and staff for their hospitality and generosity during our visit. Depite the fact they our stay was complimentary, my review above is an honest account of our experiences at the hotel.
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