London and I have a real love-hate relationship and the need to get out of the city can be great, so when the opportunity came about to visit Edinburgh the decision was easy to say goodbye London, and head North for a weekend break staying at boutique property Hotel Indigo Edinburgh.
The 60-room property, part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group, shakes off the stuffy atmosphere exuded by many other Edinburgh city properties, instead inviting you in with its clean aesthetics and artistic touches throughout the well renovated 18th century building.
Walking into my home for the weekend the teal present throughout the room really catches your eye, a stark contrast to the surrounding whites and golds. The king-sized bed dwarfed its surroundings in the small-ish room, but considering it was close to midnight when I arrived after a 8-hour drive from London, I would have been grateful for any comfortable bed.
Snuggling into the bed for the night I was impressed by just how plush the quilt and pillows were, but they were only a momentary thought as I drifted into a peaceful sleep dreaming about what else I was going to be seeing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
For the technology enabled among us, Hotel Indigo provides free WiFi for all guests, as well as a media hub in each room for MP3 players, iPods, laptops and games consoles to charge or connect directly with the TV.
Other amenities are provided in the room including, a small fridge, tea and coffee facilities, a modern comfortable chair, large TV, and a desk and chair if you choose to work.
The rooms and corridors are quite small throughout the hotel, but what they lack in size is definitely made up for with lush furnishing.
Considering the hotel is quite small I was happy to see that Hotel Indigo hadn’t skimped on style or size with the large ensuite bathroom.
The shower was definitely a highlight with attractive chrome finishings and a rainforest-style shower head present, I double shampooed my hair just to stand under the falling water for those extra few minutes.
For girls, an added benefit of staying here is the make-up mirrors fitted above the sink; much better than leaning over the sink and accidentally splashing water down the front of your top!
The hotel also has a restaurant and bar on-site, The Turquoise Thistle, accessible for guests through the lobby. The restaurant bar creates fusion foods and has unique tastes on classic recipes, as well as serving up for five-meals a day – breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre dinner, and dinner.
The lobby also provides a great place to rest and people watch along York Street. The concierge are among the most friendly I have met and are happy to answer any lingering questions you have about Edinburgh. The lobby also has a range of books on Scottish or Edinburgh’s history, travel resources, and very comfortable chairs if you choose to have a cocktail and browse the Internet (this last comment is from personal experience!)
Hotel Indigo is well placed, located on York Place, within walking distance of Princes Street, the city’s Waverley railway station, and less than a block away from the bus terminus.
The central location does mean that it’s best not to bring or rent a car. The hotel doesn’t provide any parking facilities, a rookie mistake on my behalf, but if you do want to bring a car for your stay there is a public car park behind the hotel.
I also found the hotel quite difficult to find as there are no ‘in your face’ markings. Be sure to look out for the pot plants and aquamarine flag out the front otherwise you will blink and miss it!
Having a weekend away is always nice but I find that it if the accommodation is good your trip is enhanced so much more. This is exactly what Hotel Indigo Edinburgh provided me on my boutique break out of London.
Hotel Indigo is my pick for accommodation in Edinburgh,
where do you recommend?
51-59 York Place,
Edinburgh EH1 3JD Scotland
Website: Hotel Indigo Edinburgh
Huge thank you to Charlotte and the team at Edinburgh Festivals for putting together our itinerary and for arranging our Media rate stay at Hotel Indigo.
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.