Edinburgh's center within walking distance of most sights
Suites have custom-made beds and roll-top baths
Four cellars with
over 300 types of wine
serving home-style cooking
Bar with good
selection of whiskeys and cigars
Inviting meeting room on-site
Some rooms are
Breakfast is expensive
The Hotel du Vin
& Bistro is an upscale boutique hotel occupying an 18th-century asylum in the center of Edinburgh, within walking distance of most the
city's attractions. Some rooms are small and arguably expensive given their size, but the roomier suites have lovely roll-top baths and Egyptian cotton bed linens. With four wine cellars stocking over 350 varieties, wine is clearly the
hotel's main forte, though it also offers an excellent selection of whiskey and cigars.
There's also a French bistro with home-style cooking and a delicious, but expensive, breakfast.
Chic-modern meets cozy-traditional in a charming converted mental asylum popular with wine-lovers
The Hotel du Vin was originally a Victorian poorhouse before being converted into a mental asylum and then science
laboratory. After extensive renovations, the building finally reopened as Edinburgh's outpost of the Hotel du
Vin boutique hotel chain in 2008. Adhering to the aesthetics of the brand,
interiors blend chic modern designs with plenty of cozy traditional touches, including comfy brown leather sofas, splashes of tartan, and numerous pieces of
wine-related artwork, including a large centerpiece chandelier created from
dozens of cut-crystal wine glasses. As much a French-style bistro as a hotel,
the property also offers a dizzyingly extensive list of wines (354 and counting), stored across its four cellars. There's also a pleasant courtyard
containing what must be the city's only deluxe heated outdoor cigar "bothy" or smoking shack.
Set in the heart of Edinburgh, a 10-minute walk from the castle
The hotel has an
excellent location in the heart of the Scottish capital, just around the corner
from the University of Edinburgh and within easy walking distance of most of
the city's main attractions. The cobbled streets of the ever-popular Royal Mile
are a 10-minute walk away, while the iconic Edinburgh Castle and Princes
Street shopping take closer to 20 minutes on foot. Edinburgh's main train station is
15-minutes away on foot -- or a five-minute cab journey -- while Calton Hill
and its fine cityscape views are under a five-minute drive away.
Traditional rooms and suites with modern touches, most with courtyard views
There are 47
rooms and suites in all, most of which overlook the hotel's central courtyard.
Decor mixes traditional wooden furnishings with smart modern touches and a few
carefully picked vintage pieces, while some romos are also dressed with elegantly
patterned wallpaper. While a few Standard Rooms are on the small side, suites
are spacious, and the Executive Suites open up to small balconies. Superior Rooms and all categories of suite come with custom-made sleigh-style beds with Egyptian cotton linens and big bathrooms with bathrobes, roll-top bathtubs, and/or walk-in rainfall showers.
Home-style cooking, Cuban cigars, and one of Edinburgh's longest wine lists, plus free Wi-Fi
emphasis is squarely on eating and drinking, with a particular focus on wine. The main eatery is the French
bistro, a rustic-chic Provence-inspired room with exposed brick walls, wood tables, and vintage advertising on the walls. Along with a huge wine list with over 350 wines, the bistro offers a menu of simple, home-style cooking. The breakfast here is also a cut
above the average, with fresh-squeezed juices and cooked-to-order eggs and
crepes -- though it's not included in most rates and is a pricey add-on. The
upstairs Claret Bar has comfy couches for sipping on wine, while the stylish Whiskey Room
offers a range of whiskeys and Cuban cigars -- to be smoked outside in the
heated cigar bothy (a traditional shack most commonly found in parts of rural Britain). The bar food is also
impressive and the hotel frequently organizes tasting days in its Laroche Taste du Vin room. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel and there's a cozy meeting room that can comfortably seat 12 guests.
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