I stayed for one night a the Hotel Missoni Edinburgh in December 2011 on a complimentary basis. The hotel is located just off the Royal Mile, a five minute walk from Edinburgh Castle. I was looking forward to my stay. I’d been in the hotel twice previously, once for lunch and in April 2011 the hotel hosted an Edinburgh Travel Tweetup. So had anticipated that the rooms at the Missoni would be pretty funky.
Bar at Hotel Missoni Edinburgh
I loved my room, the mix of colours and patterns worked well and created a relaxed feel. I was relieved that the safe was at shoulder height so I didn’t have to grovel around on the floor to get my laptop in and out of the safe, as is the case at many hotels. I was also glad that the TV remote control was user friendly.
The bathroom had a large walk in shower, so no fiddling around with curtains, or leaks from cubicle doors. No boring white bathrobes here, they had the same design as some of the fabrics used in the room.
There were views over to Arthur’s Seat and St Giles Cathedral spire from my fourth floor room.
Looking toward Arthur’s Seat from my room at the Hotel Missoni Edinburgh
The all inclusive rate includes breakfast, WiFi, mini bar (with wine, beer, soft drinks, crisps, some fruit and chocolate), movies and two items of laundry. I reckon you could pay well over £100 for these extras at some other four and five star hotels. There’s a coffee making machine and a kettle and even a small bottle of fresh milk in the fridge; much better than these long life milk tubes/pots that are virtually impossible to open.
My room at the Hotel Missioni Edinburgh
The bed was super comfortable with lovely pillows.
I did have some difficulty with the initial connection to the WiFi. You have to go onto the Missoni website and enter your surname and room number. I only suceeded in connecting my netbook using the Google Chrome browser after several attempts on my default Firefox browser. I prefer it when you don’t need to log in, you just connect and can start browsing immediately.
Breakfast is served between 6.30 and 10.00 on weekdays (7.00 to 11.00 at weekends). Personally I’d prefer to see breakfast extended to 11am on weekdays, to give me the option of a leisurely morning.
Cucina Restaurant at Hotel Missoni Edinburgh
Breakfast consists of a cold buffet, with far too many tempting cakes, but also some healthier options including fresh fruit salad, yoghurt and cereals. You can also order a hot dish from the menu; I had scrambled egg and smoked salmon which was very good.
All the staff are really friendly, helpful and proactive. I recognised quite a few members of the bar staff from my previous visits to the Missoni.
I enjoyed my stay at the Hotel Missoni Edinburgh so much I didn’t want to leave; I was in my room until a few minutes before the latest check-out at noon. Between the central location, the beautiful room, great ambience and staff and the excellent breakfast, it’s the best five star hotel in which I’ve stayed.
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