On 8th June 2008 Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh opened its stylish doors and changed the face of hospitality in the city for ever.
Hotel Missoni is on the corner of The Royal Mile and George IV Bridge – it doesn’t get any more central than this for the Old Town – making it ideally located for first-time visitors to the city. The hotel is built on the former site of the monstorous Lothian Regional Council headquarters. From Waverley station it’s uphill to the hotel so be prepared to put in a little effort for 10 minutes. The Missoni doesn’t have a car park but there is valet parking, which you can book ahead.
From the outside of the building it can be difficult to tell if Hotel Missoni is a hotel or smart office block. The main tell-tale sign of it being a hotel is the gentleman at the front of the building wearing a smart and modern styled kilt. This is the Missoni take on a doorman, and a very fine specimen of a man he is too. After kindly being asked if I am here to stay, the gentleman directs me to the reception desks in to the left. On the short journey to the reception you pass the very fashionable bar. There are colours everywhere. All this fashion and design might make you feel a little overawed and wish you’d put on your own designer clothes to check-in, but all staff are extremely friendly and soon put you at ease.
My bags were taken up to my room and after a quick check-in my receptionist took me up to the room. After a short journey in the lifts we were on the 5th floor and walking
down a super stylish corridor to my room.
Once in the room I was impressed by the view over the old chimneys and rooftops of Edinburgh, out towards Arthur’s Seat. Not all rooms come with spectacular views but it’s certainly worth asking for one. Interconnecting rooms are available but I like my privacy so asked for a room that was not connected.
The room had a DeLonghi Nespresso machine – which I used a lot -, a wide selection of teas and a complimentary mini-bar, with fresh milk for teas and coffees. The Bang Olufsen flat screen TVs offer a choice of free films to watch. WiFi is free and the signal is strong. There is also an iPod docking station, with speakers in the bathroom. All rooms have air-con.
There was no bath in the bathroom, but there was a powerful and refreshing rain-shower, and luxury embroidered towels to dry off with. Suites in the hotel have baths. The shower room also had under floor heating. Toiletries and supplies were plentiful and wonderful. The hotel will also offer you two items of laundry or dry-cleaning for free.
The room was turned down early in the evening – the blinds were closed, the throw on the bed was changed to a night throw, mints left in the room and all areas tidied.
The bar downstairs was busy come 8pm. The bar is open to the public, so it’s not only guests who get to enjoy the amazing mixology on offer. When the bar is busy drinks can take a bit of time so don’t be in a rush. The local cocktail crowd love this bar – and
it manages to be super cool without being pretentious.
Missoni is an Italian fashion house based in the town of Varese in Lombardy. Missoni is most famous for its unique knitwear, made from a variety of fabrics in colourful patterns – such as stripes, geometrics, and florals. Missoni designers also use a wide-range of fabrics such as wool, cotton, rayon, silk and linen. The hotel uses these bold colours throughout the hotel and this helps it stand out from the standard drab chain
Breakfast was served in the Cucina restaurant which is on the on the first floor above the bar. The room is a wonder to behold. The colours are bright and bold here too. The
breakfast was gorgeous, fresh berries and juice was a perfect way to start the morning. You can also ask for breakfast in bed for no extra cost.
I have been here for lunch before and the food, as you may well guess, is very much Italian. Keep an eye out for their lunch offers, which make eating food of this quality a real bargain. The wine list was extensive and impressive.
Earlier this year Hotel Missoni opened its own small but perfectly formed spa. The spa is designed using the same bold colours used in the rest of the hotel. Eve Lom and Natura Bisse products are used in the spa, and these are exclusive to Hotel Missoni in Scotland. The therapists were knowledgeable and provided the highest levels of service, as you would expect.
There are 136 rooms to at Hotel Missoni, and three grades to choose from – Piccolo, Maggiore and Grandioso. Piccolo being the most affordable and Grandioso being, well, the grandest.
Missoni staff and management were extremely attentive and 100% genuine, without being over zealous or intrusive.
Hotel Missoni is often classified as a ‘fashion’ hotel which does the hotel a bit of a disservice. Fashion and style are very important factors in the hotel’s ethos but the over-arching factor is excellent service. Hotel Missoni Edinburgh is really a 5-Star ‘service’ hotel which also happens to be fantastically fashionable.