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Hotel Highlights

  • Interiors are fresh, stylish and new
  • Cucina and Bar G&V are hip nocturnal hangouts
  • The central location makes exploring easy

Overview

Brightening Edinburgh’s grey grandeur with monochrome prints and flashes of neon, G&V Royal Mile Hotel is a resplendent rainbow-coloured retreat, with a restaurant and bar styled with catwalk cool. This bold and beautiful boutique hotel is close to the castle; its yellow stone façade dotted with windows, so guests can soak up the scenic city sights.

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Here's what you get for booking G&V Royal Mile Hotel with us:

A bottle of wine on arrival

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Advance purchase: save 15% Advance purchase: save 30% Stay three nights and save 15% Stay two nights and save 10%

Facilities

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Hotel Missoni – Edinburgh – Scotland

Need To Know

Rooms

136, including seven suites.

Check–out

12 noon; check-in, from 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $202.38 (£129), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Breakfast is not usually included, except for guests booking a Maggiore Room or above.

Also

The hotel's spa is equally vibrant, with turquoise walls and stripes and cool chintz prints. Indulgent treatments include Eve Lom, Aromatherapy Associates and Natura Bissé facials, massages, body scrubs and wraps, manicures and pedicures and manly treatments for your Mr Smith.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, DVD library and free on-demand movies; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, bottled water, Nespresso machines and luxury bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The George Suite is the headline act, with views of the Old Town stretching beyond Arthur’s Seat as far as the Firth of Forth, brightly coloured and patterned one-off statement furnishings. Our special-occasion pick is 507 on the top floor for its giant Victorian window looking straight out at Edinburgh Castle. If you’re after more traditional lodging, or visiting in festival season, ask for a room on the Royal Mile – this part of the hotel dates back 300 years.

Packing tips

Some understated threads in neutral hues to avoid clashing with the wallpaper, vividly hued jewels, and a scarf to ward off the Edinburgh wind in style.

Also

Pooches can join the party for £50 a night. There’s also a lovely courtyard seating area.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome; cots provided free for children up to 12; kids over 12, £45 a night. Babysitting with a local nanny is available for £10–£15 an hour (book two days in advance).

Food & Drink

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Hotel Missoni – Edinburgh – Scotland

Hotel Restaurant

Cucina is sociable and bustling, with booths and banquette seating, framed prints in lollipop hues, and a huge communal wooden table near the glass wall overlooking the lobby. Food is Italian, with mains including slow-roasted pork with caramelised apples and pan-fried mackerel with a herb crust.

Hotel Bar

The resident drinking den, G&V Bar, is given pride of place at the front of the hotel, and rightly so: its teal walls, dark wood floors and polka-dotted chairs are fit for the fashion set. Be sure to try the Aria di Primavera cocktail – a raspberry Bellini with a twist – or the Key Lime Pie, a zesty alcohol-laced riff on the dessert.

Last orders

Breakfast between 7am and 10.30am; lunch from 12pm until 3pm; and dine from 6.30pm until 10.30pm. You can linger over liquid refreshments in Bar Missoni from 10am until 2am.

Room service

The 24-hour options continue the Italian theme, with offerings such as cured meats and items from the restaurant menu. Sweet treats include apple crumble and tiramisu.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Stick to cream, tan, navy and grey separates and let the decor do the talking.

Top table

Sit at the large wooden table for premium people-gazing.

Local Guide

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Hotel Missoni – Edinburgh – Scotland
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Having fully explored what lies around your boudoir (the stylish bar, the tempting restaurant and the pristine gym), admire New Town’s Georgian façades, and investigate Princes Street’s boutiques. Balance retail with culture by taking a trip to the castle, and then get deliciously lost in the Old Town’s tangle of cobbled streets. A walk to the waterfront will yield some enticing eateries. Of course, if you’re here during the August festival season, you’ll be spoiled for choice. You may be able to admire the Princes Street Gardens’ Ross Fountain without blushing, but when it debuted in 1872, many an eyelid was set a-batting by the bevy of (stone) buttocks. The blustering dean of the nearby St John’s branded the fountain ‘grossly indecent and disgusting’. The perfect spot for a picnic, then.

Local restaurants

Ondine Restaurant at 2 George IV Bridge (+44 (0)131 226 1888; www.ondinerestaurant.co.uk), is named after a mythological water spirit, with a menu that champions succulent seafood; further along, on the Royal Mile, Daft Jamie's (+44 (0)131 225 5428) serves an actually rather smart menu of cullen skink and chicken 'cock-a-leekie'. With its comfy leather sofas, chic chandeliers and beer-battered haddock on the menu, The Villager (+44 (0)131 226 2718) lounge bar and gastropub is a great laid-back option for lunch, dinner or a quick pint. Maison Bleue on Victoria Street (+44 (0)131 226 1900) serves a tasty French bistro menu and is a great place for a casual lunch. Taste the best of Scottish produce at The Witchery, and choose from traditional treats such as hot smoked salmon with leeks and hollandaise, or Angus beef fillet with smoked garlic broth. The restaurant is housed in a 16th-century building at the top of the Royal Mile (+44 (0)131 225 5613; www.thewitchery.com).

Local bars

99 Hanover Street (+44 (0)131 225 8200) serves up cocktails to remember, mixed by equally tempting bar staff.

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Regal Royal Mile

G&V Royal Mile Hotel

1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 12AD, United Kingdom

Planes

Edinburgh International Airport (www.edinburghairport.com) receives countless daily flights from London, as well as UK regional hubs and more than 40 European airports. The hotel is just eight miles from the airport.

Trains

The closest station is Waverly, in the city centre. GNER has fast, frequent trains linking London King’s Cross with the East Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East of England and Scotland on the East Cost Main Line (0845 722 5225; www.gner.co.uk). ScotRail’s overnight sleeper service departs from London Euston seven nights a week (www.firstgroup.com/scotrail).

Automobiles

Edinburgh is at the heart of the Scottish motorway network, so is easily accessible. It’s roughly six and a half hours from London – beyond Newcastle, the route is particularly picturesque. The hotel has parking: £35 for 24 hours.

Reviews

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Hotel Missoni – Edinburgh – Scotland

Anonymous review

by Shaun Keaveny , Radio raconteur

I do recall once, that Lent spoiled one of my holidays. (During a long weekend in the run up to Easter, I discovered that, thanks to this festival of deprivation, everything in that Catholic region of Spain was shut.) But never has a break been ruined by lint. ‘My only clean jeans, covered in lint!’ I scream to Mrs Smith as I hurriedly pack for our first Smith assignment, already late …
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G&V Royal Mile Hotel

Anonymous review by Shaun Keaveny, Radio raconteur

I do recall once, that Lent spoiled one of my holidays. (During a long weekend in the run up to Easter, I discovered that, thanks to this festival of deprivation, everything in that Catholic region of Spain was shut.) But never has a break been ruined by lint. ‘My only clean jeans, covered in lint!’ I scream to Mrs Smith as I hurriedly pack for our first Smith assignment, already late for the flight to Edinburgh. ‘Li-i-i-nt!’

Well, dear reader, you’ll have to wait for the thrilling denouement to this fluff-related reference as I prioritise my musings on our stay at the swish, sexy new Hotel Missoni. Open since June 2009, this boutique bolt hole is the baby of the eponymous designer, Rosita Missoni. I could at this stage, bluff heroically about her legendary range of striking soft furnishings and knitwear, but as a 37-year-old heterosexual man from Lancashire I will have to confess to knowing, what experts might call ‘sod all’ about her.

Still, as the northerners say, I do know what I like. As we sashay beyond the imposing sandstone edifice into the lobby (yes, I can sashay when the occasion requires it), we experience our first taste of the Missoni mission statement: namely imposing stripes (her signature, Mrs Smith informs me rolling her eyes), bold blacks and whites, retro-kitsch lighting and an abundance of chain-curtain drapes. Indeed, reception itself, with its twin backlit islands, eschews the traditional hotel lobby for what looks to me like the set of a Simon Cowell ‘talent’ spectacle. Luckily, the lady on reception possesses none of Cowell’s slappability. On the contrary, this charming professional gives us our first taste of what was to become a recurring motif of the weekend: exemplary and attentive service.

As we ascend the colour-coded floors to our ‘superior’ room, I can, conversely, feel my face blanch. My wife is what hoteliers the world over would politely describe, as a ‘stickler’. A fastidious detail-disciplinarian who comes down hard and heavy on any imperfections. Will our room be up to her vertiginous standards?

Mercifully, first impressions are good. The trademark Missoni primary-and-pastels palette and zig-zaggy lines run throughout, and the space available is exaggerated by floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and an equally massive window (albeit hermetically sealed) overlooking the dramatic history-marinated centre of Edinburgh, right across to Arthur’s Seat.

All cons are of course mod– there’s a Bang and Olufsen TV console if you’ll pardon the name-drop, a coffeemaker (you can take the hotel out of Italy…), and a shower room replete with specially-concoted Smith smellies. It seems my spidey-senses tingled for good reason, though, as some imperfections are apparent. Our superior room is not what you’d call spacious, and there’s no bath. Surely a two-hour soak in sumptuous salts is mandatory on a dirty weekend? When Mrs Smith spots how parsimonious they’ve been with shelves for her toiletries, she collapses on the bed, dramatically stricken, in much the same way as I imagine Queen Victoria did upon hearing the news of her dear Albert’s demise. At least the bed’s King rather than Queen Victoria size, and cushions the blow fantastically well. (If one is willing to fork out nearer £400, though, one can secure a suitably regal suite replete with a sizeable bath, and an even more stunning view.) I console her with news that we have a booking at the Michelin-bothering Tom Kitchin’s restaurant on Commercial Quay in Leith. If the meal passes muster, and Missoni’s top launderers rid my kecks of the dreaded lint, this could be a night to remember.

Nitpicking shelved, we head out for our waterside meal at The Kitchin, where Italian high fashion is supplanted by highland haute cuisine. Here at Kitchin the only must-haves this season are the razorfish from Arisaig, scallops from Orkney, langoustine from Anstruther and roe deer from Humbie. Fully fed we’re happy to return from our pleasant but pricey feast to hit the hotel’s own buzzing space for a nightcap. What could on first inspection have been accused of being a little self-conscious, has transformed into a warm and inviting space, brimming with partiers across the demographic divide. Where else but on a jury would you see hip, hot young professionals standing shoulder-to-shoulder with glam grans and golfers? The house wines are very tipplable, pints of Peroni most reasonable, and Mrs Smith is smitten with the bubbly on tap. Draught prosecco – most ingenious.

One foot outside of this Italian abode and you’re on the Royal Mile, the cobbled high street which runs from Edinburgh down to Holyrood Abbey. After a daytime whirl around the famed sights of this Athens of the North, we return to our very own patch of Milan in Scotland. We sidestep tartan shops and tourist-aimed offers of haggis for the irresistible Italian fare of in-house eatery, La Cucina. The layout of this chic restaurant, as you’d expect, is pure Missoni – glossy, white and see and be seeny – though not conventionally romantic. Again, service is snappy and personable, and the young sommelier steers us charmingly through their extensive all-Italian list to the perfect Valpolicella. (If you really want all the details, my scallop starter and saddle of lamb is so tasty I’m confident it would challenge the resolve of even the staunchest vegan. The tiramisu, mind, is not so much Ferrari as it is Fiat.)

Afterwards in the bar, our ‘let’s just split a bottle of wine’ resolve dissolves into a session far more Scottish than Milanese, and we realise we’ve been utterly seduced by this handsome Italian. In my sozzled state I begin to come over all Jeremy Clarkson again. ‘Hotel Missoni is a bit like an Alfa Romeo Spider,’ I inform Mrs Smith. ‘Not exactly roomy, but fit to burst with personality. For me, though, the Missoni’s single greatest achievement is not the effortless confluence of Italian and Caledonian influences, nor its sense of playful style. It’s the sheer lintlessness of my jeans.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in G&V Royal Mile Hotel's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We liked the friendly and very helpful staff and thought the hotel was in a great location.

Don’t expect

We had problems with the air conditioning system in the room, which we feel could have worked better. 

Rating: 5/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the décor, friendly service, and location.

Don’t expect

I would've liked more light in the room.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The customer service is terrific. Staff are helpful but not obtrusive, plus it's in the perfect location.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

For me, the view, upgrade, staff and spa were all great.

Don’t expect

In my experience, the breakfast in the room was dull and uninspired. Service in the restaurant wasn't up to scratch and too many dishes on the menu were unavailable on the night, leaving a pretty boring selection.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This hotel has friendly staff, good service, fantastic comfy beds, a massive choice of cocktails at the bar and top quality food in Cucina.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a great location in the heart of Edinburgh, within easy walking distance of the main tourist sites and restaurant bar districts.

Don’t expect

A large number of the rooms don't have operning windows so make sure you request a window room if you want fresh air.

Rating: 7/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Missoni is a super stylish hotel slap bang in the heart of Edinburgh. A short stroll takes you to the Royal Mile, Princes Street, George Street, etc,  so people-watching through the huge double-glazed windows is an unexpected bonus. The hotel is modern and stylish, super comfortable and the young staff are extremely friendly and knowledgable. We had a free upgrade courtesy of Mr & Mrs Smith and stayed in room 334: views are great, room very comfortable and ensuite wet room that was immaculate. There is an amazing cocktail bar in the lobby and a simple but stylish dining room on the mezzanine level. A two-minute stroll up the hill takes you to the castle which was well worth a visit. The fascinating tour is well worth the admission; make sure you allow at least half a day to really get a feel for the place and soak up the breathtaking views of this truly stunning city.

Don’t expect

We had breakfast in the hotel on the first morning, but £18.50 for a bowl of porridge?! That was disappointing, the only let down in our experience with the Missoni.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the central location, cool decor, great chill-out music in the background in all the public spaces and the amazing cocktail bar with very talented mixologists. Customer service oozes from everyone in the hotel, particularly the team on front of house. Everybody really wants your stay there to be wonderful, and it was.

Don’t expect

There's nothing that wouldn't be considered sheer nit-picking. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

What a great spot if you want to do the sights. Our room was on the forth floor and we got great views. The service was very good: two pieces laundry per night were free and the free soft drinks in the minibar added a little extra. The decor is a bit love-it-or-hate-it, bold and bright (and I love it). You get the hustle and bustle during the day; almost constant bagpipes for example. A good weekend venue; I'd come back if I was in Edinburgh again.

Don’t expect

If I were staying longer than a weekend I'd want more storage space for clothes; the rooms were adequate but not massive; breakfast isn't included and costs more than a three-course lunch at a decent local restaurant. The bagpipes being played outside can get a bit much.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the decor from the kilts on the bellboys to the tiles in the bathrooms. The staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable of local places and things to see and do. It's also great for its central location.

Rating: 10/10 stars