Hotel Indigo Edinburgh on York Place is a quirky boutique hotel, situated within the Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage site. It occupies five original Georgian townhouses, just moments from both Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle. Usefully, the hotel is also minutes away from Waverley Train Station and opposite the tram terminus on York Place. For art lovers, it is just steps from the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.
Style & Character
The hotel has preserved many of the original features including decorative stairwells and a unique cupola in its modern refurbishment. The check-in area is a mix of modern lighting, white walls, and dark wood floors. The main staircase is an impressive old wooden construction, winding it’s way up the building.
There are 60 individual bedrooms and junior suites to choose from, with four room types; double bedrooms, king bedrooms, superior kind bedrooms, along with king junior suites. There is also a wheelchair accessible room with a comfortable bed that is accessible from both sides with a visual and vibrating pillow alarm. All rooms are attractively furnished with wooden floors with brightly colored rugs, beige and grey headboards, and then either an orange or turquoise theme. The junior suites are the most luxurious rooms with more space and a separate area to lounge in.
Bathrooms are modern and stylish with square sinks, large walk-in rain-showers and Aveda toiletries. Along with the usual facilities (hairdryer, air conditioning etc) there are some quirky freebies including the intriguing complimentary haggis-flavored crisps along with free Edinburgh shortbread and Tunnocks teacakes. The minibar contains free water, soft drinks, and real milk for making a cuppa.
Room tip: Request a room at the front of the property, looking down over Queen Street and York Place which is always busy and fun to watch. These rooms look down at all the action but because of very good double glazing, remain amazingly quiet.
Service & Facilities
There is a small but well-equipped fitness gym in the basement.
Food & Drink
The Turquoise Thistle Restaurant, Bar, and Lounge feature contemporary thistle prints and striking modern artwork of the local landmark Arthur’s Seat, which was commissioned specially for the hotel from a student from Edinburgh University.
You will find the Thistle bar just off reception, which has rust-colored cushioned seating areas and modern decor. It has such a cozy atmosphere that seems popular with locals and it gets busy on weekends. On offer is a superb range of local beers, specialty whiskeys, and cocktails along with a small food menu.
The hotel’s restaurant, The Turquoise Thistle, is open all day, serving continental and cooked-to-order breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre, and dinner menus. The food is solid and tasty. For late-nighters – there is also 24-hour room service.
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