Edinburgh, United Kingdom

G&V Royal Mile Hotel

Rates from (inc tax)$153.21

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21GBP), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


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Regal Royal Mile

The G&V Royal Mile Hotel introduces a splash of colour and glamour to the handsome, yet staid and grey stone of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Most rooms in this glitzy getaway have views of the nearby castle or other scenic sights, while the restaurant and bar feel fashion-show fabulous.

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Photos G&V Royal Mile Hotel – Edinburgh – Scotland

Need to know


136, including seven suites.


Noon; check-in, from 3pm.


Double rooms from $153.21 (£125), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP150.40), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

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

At the hotel

Spa, gym, DVD library; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, bottled water, Nespresso machines, kettle and a selection of teas and locally made bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Garden Paradise Suite is the headline act, with views of the Old Town stretching beyond Arthur’s Seat as far as the Firth of Forth, with one-off statement furnishings brightened with riotously hued florals. 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.


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

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.


There’s also a lovely courtyard seating area.


Pooches can join the party for £50 a stay. Bowls are provided, but the restaurant is off limits. See more pet-friendly hotels in Edinburgh.


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 and Drink

Photos G&V Royal Mile – Edinburgh – Scotland

Top Table

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

Dress Code

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

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 – a welcome counterpoint to tempting Scottish stodge – with elegant mains including home-made caserecci pasta with almonds, mint and tomato pesto; and duck breast with peaches, fennel and potato purée

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. The drinks list is longer than a Rabbie Burns epic – running the gamut from trusty classics to excellent alcohol-free concoctions – so you're sure to find a few favourites; however, we rather like the unique Hopped and Topped (Monkey Shoulder whisky, Campari, Innis & Gunn beer, lemon and rosemary) – or the Smoky Cokey Sazerac, with chocolate and salted caramel.

Last orders

Breakfast between 6.30am and 10am (7am to 11am on weekends); lunch from 12.30pm until 3pm; and dine from 6pm until 10pm (till 11pm on Friday and Saturday). You can linger over liquid refreshments in the bar 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.


Photos G&V Royal Mile Hotel – Edinburgh – Scotland
G&V Royal Mile Hotel
1 George IV Bridge
EH1 12AD
United Kingdom


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.


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).


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 (must be booked in advance): £35 for 24 hours.

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.


Photos G&V Royal Mile – Edinburgh – Scotland

Anonymous review

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 this swish, sexy new hotel. Open since June 2009, this boutique bolt hole is the baby of 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. ‘The hotel 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 hotel'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.

We loved

The funky decor, the very friendly and helpful staff and the central location.

Don’t expect

A traditional hotel – this is very modern.


Stayed on 27 Sep 2016

We loved

The location of the hotel. The castle is just a stone throw away.

Don’t expect

To get a good night's sleep. The noise from the bars and clubs on the side of the hotel we stayed in was awful. I never slept until after 4am


Stayed on 23 Apr 2016

We loved

The view of St Giles and Arthur's Seat from our window, the eclectic Scottish art on the wall, the great welcome, the comfortable bed, the circular sofa and all the staff. 10/10. Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, way more interesting than the Castle. 

Don’t expect

Buttoned up misery


Stayed on 3 Mar 2016

We loved

George, breakfast and the funky room. Car parking service was excellent and they let us keep our bags in concierge all day.

Don’t expect

Log fires.


Stayed on 31 Oct 2015

We loved

Staff were fantastic. Klaudia and James in particular were just lovely and went the extra mile to make our stay great.

Don’t expect

Rooms could do with slight update - the tv screen/music setup mainly.


Stayed on 28 Dec 2014

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