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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, Scotland
This bright and breezy hotel in a row of New Town Georgian townhouses suits those who want a good-value base with a funky boutique vibe. At the eastern end of York Place near Leith Road and St James Quarter, and 10 minutes from Princes Street and the station, it's a busy spot but the tram is right outside.
Rooms are fuss-free but funky with splashy rugs, wall-art designs of Edinburgh scenes, and colourful velvet chairs and sofas. It's breakfast-only but the young and on-the-ball staff have good knowledge of local restaurants for all budgets. Children and dogs are made very welcome.
Spend a few happy hours browsing the independent shops in nearby Broughton Street, from artisan coffee and tea suppliers and stylish kitchenware, to vintage clothing and quirky gifts.
On the busy Eastern side of New Town, the hotel is within walking distance of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and George St. shops.
By plane: flights to Edinburgh from London take 1 hour 25 mins, and from Bristol and Birmingham take 1 hour 15 mins. The hotel is a 35 minute drive from the airport. skyscanner.com
By car: drive from Carlisle in 2 hours 30 minutes and Leeds in 4 hours 20 minutes. Paid public parking is available nearby.
By train: reach Edinburgh Waverley from London in 4 hours 30 mins, and from Birmingham in 4 hours 45 mins. thetrainline.com.
Style & Character
Any guest who wants a good-value boutique-style hotel with a fuss-free style and convenient location as a good base to explore the city. The bright, breezy and uncluttered style makes the place feel immediately relaxing and friendly.
Service & Facilities
The big hand-painted wall map of Edinburgh on the ground floor is a great reference point for exploring the city.
- Paid parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Dogs are welcomed with mattresses, bowls and treats, and dog-friendly walks and spots can be found on their website. Dogs are not allowed in any of the food-serving areas.
Rear rooms are quieter although without views; 111 feels very private, for example, while front rooms on the middle floors (such as 208 and 311) have high ceilings and tall windows, and feel grand and spacious. The mini-fridge treats - Tunnock's Caramel Bar and cans of Irn Bru - are fun, and refills are available if you ask nicely...
Standard Room, Premium Room, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, desk, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, air-conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
A nice touch at this breakfast-only venue is that coffee and tea is freshly made, with plenty of refills available. At the staff's suggestion, we ate at nearby Vittoria on the Walk, a locals' favourite and well-established family-run Italian restaurant. Dishes ranged from their famous pizzas to veal Milanese, and we enjoyed a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Breakfast: continental cold buffet breakfast and hot breakfasts to order, including the full Scottish, porridge and pancakes.