Where to stay in Edinburgh
Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, York Place is a Scottish themed hotel located in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Reasons to stay in Hotel Indigo whilst visiting Edinburgh are;
- Location in the UNESCO Edinburgh new town
- Walking distance to Edinburgh Waverley train station and the airport tram
- Walking distance to the Royal Mile, Castle and major points of interest
- Friendly and helpful staff
- Scottish themed hotel and rooms
- Free mini bar in each room
- Traditional Scottish breakfast and buffet
- On site bar and restaurant serving local food and drinks
Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, York Place is a hotel you should consider if you want a true Scottish experience whilst visiting the capital. For the latest special offers and events check out the Hotel Indigo Edinburgh website, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages.
The hotel is located in Georgian style townhouses in the new town of Edinburgh. You may have seen houses like these on TV or in the movies. At Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, York Place you’ll get the experience of staying in one. The new town of Edinburgh is a UNESCO world heritage site which means you will be staying in a UNESCO site.
Edinburgh is famous for J K Rowling as she wrote the Harry Potter stories in an Edinburgh cafe. Another author from Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle who wrote Sherlock Holmes was actually born on the same street as the hotel.
At the check in desk you’ll receive a warm welcome. You should ask the staff for recommendations on what to see in Edinburgh. I was given a map and the receptionist recommended a route which passed by many points of interest of the city. You should pay attention to the pictures in reception and around the hotel. In reception you’ll see pictures of the Nelson and Scott monuments. If I hadn’t seen these pictures I could have missed these two points of interest as I didn’t know they existed.
Every one of the hotels 60 rooms is unique and Scottish themed. In my room notice the artwork of the National Monument of Scotland behind the TV. This is another point of interest I didn’t know existed before visiting Edinburgh. From the room you can see the very impressive St Paul’s & St George’s Church which would be a major point of interest in a smaller town.
Each room has a media center which is perfect for those visiting on business. WiFi is free, super fast and reliable. For those visiting with kids you can use the media center with a games console.
Free Mini Bar
The mini bar in the hotel is free and refilled daily. As you’re in Scotland you should try the local Scottish treats and the mini bar is full of them. It’s unlikely you’ve tried haggis flavor potato chips before! You’ve probably tried shortbread but I’m sure they taste better in Scotland. Irn-Bru is a Scottish soda with a unique flavor. The Tunnocks Tea Cakes are marshmallow in chocolate on a biscuit base and go very well with the milk. The water is fresh from the Highlands of Scotland.
There is also tea, coffee and hot chocolate available in the free mini bar.
The showers in the bathroom are rain fall showers, you have the option of a regular shower head as well. Toiletries include a very generous amount of Aveda products. Towel heaters and bathrobes are very useful especially if you’re staying during an Edinburgh winter!
If you are eating a lot of fresh haggis during your trip to Edinburgh then you may want to visit the gym. Fresh haggis is full of protein which will make your visit to the gym more beneficial. The gym is open 24 hours and features 2 running machines, a cross trainer, a multi-use cable weights machine and some light dumbbells.
You have the choice of several different breakfasts at the hotel. Whilst in Scotland you should try the traditional Scottish breakfast at least once. The Scottish breakfast consists of a couple of foods you’ve probably never tried, haggis and black pudding. Other breakfast options are Scottish smoked salmon, homemade pancakes or porridge. Also be sure to check the specials board before ordering.
Hotel Indigo is a vegan friendly hotel and offers a veggie breakfast option which includes veggie haggis.
As well as the breakfast dish option, you also get access to the breakfast buffet. The buffet includes a selection of fresh breads, sweet breads, muffins, juices and toppings. Don’t feel guilty about eating a huge breakfast, you’ll need the energy to explore the sites of Edinburgh, maybe to climb Arthur’s Seat!
Scotland is the home of whisky and the bar has a selection of Scotch whiskies sourced from local distilleries. They also serve Scottish gins, cocktails and craft beers. Be sure to check out the Hotel Indigo Facebook page to check if there are any events scheduled for the bar during your stay.
The restaurant at Hotel Indigo Edinburgh is known as the Turquoise Thistle. This is where you’ll enjoy your buffet breakfast. The restaurant stays open until 11 pm and offers a Scottish menu throughout the day. Foodies visiting Edinburgh don’t have to leave the hotel to enjoy many of local dishes they came to try.
Enjoy your stay at the Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, York Place.
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