Whilst most of my time spent in Edinburgh was as a student, I managed to blag a couple of weekends outside of the student life when family and friends came to stay. One of these saw me spend the weekend at Hotel Du Vin. A tucked away luxury just off Bristo Place, and somewhere that’s certainly worth a visit.
Think quintessential British style. Elegant and unpretentious. Combine this with great spirit, wit, an unquestionable devotion to wine, and you have captured the essence of Hotel du Vin.
Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh Old Town, everything is within walking distance from this hotel. Whether you’re there to visit students near George Square, or looking for a night on the town on George Street, nothing is more than 15mins walk.
You’re on the doorstep of fabulous shopping, impressive museums and galleries, the striking Georgian and Victorian architecture and the world’s biggest arts festival during the summer months.
All Hotel du Vin bedrooms are dog friendly and all take on the classic HdV approach, with the minimum standard being a bloody comfortable bed and a cracking shower. Here the massive Dom Perignon suite is the star, featuring an emperor-sized bed and a huge partly open-plan bathroom, complete with battleship bath.
Dogs are welcomed in all the public areas, with the exception of the restaurant (Bistro du Vin). Food in the bistro is again exactly what you expect from a modern interpretation of French bistro food, and there’s an open-style theatre kitchen serving food made to a consistently high standard with a wine list to match the hotel’s name. Better sommeliers than you’d expect at this standard of hotel are also a nice feature. In classic Edinburgh style, as well as the tasteful Mezzanine bar, there is a cigar bothy (outside space) and excellent HdV humidor, a whisky snug, Laroche tasting room and wine cellar. The menu from the Bistro can be served in most of the other areas on request, including breakfast. Room service is also available.
TOP TIP: Order the French onion soup!
In a city like Edinburgh, you don’t need a hotel abundant in added extras. But HdV doesn’t disappoint. With the restaurant a clear selling point, and wine tasing on offer, there’s plenty to do within the walls of the hotel. However, you won’t be stumbling on a swimming pool or a fitness centre – so the fitness fanatics amongst us will need to look elsewhere for this fix.
Mostly foreign staff – not an issue, just an observation. Couldn’t have been friendlier, but no real absurd requests put upon them. All in all, friendliness was noted.
The Habit Hunter x