The George Hotel, Edinburgh
THE HOTEL: A stylish, four-star hotel in the heart of Edinburgh offering 240 bedrooms and suites. The hotel, originally a cluster of 1760s townhouses, has undergone a recent multimillion-pound overhaul which has restored many original Georgian features that make up this elegant property. The hotel is in a convenient location on George Street in Edinburgh’s New Town and is easily accessed from the city's airport and major transport links.
THE CHECK-IN: On arrival, my bags were taken swiftly to the busy reception area where a bride and groom (wearing a kilt, of course) were having photographs taken. I was quickly checked-in and on my way to my room for the night. The process was stress-free and brisk.
THE ROOM: My room was a stylish, very spacious and elegant Town House Junior Suite with kingsize bed, large plasma TV with cable and movies on demand, wifi, laptopsized safe, comfy arm chair, desk and tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom was large with rolltop bath, separate shower and a good selection of toiletries.
THE BUSINESS: The hotel has a variety of meeting spaces, from the impressive conference and banqueting space of The Kings Hall which has a capacity of 300 theatre-style, to the spectacular Forth View Suite (and roof terrace) which is flooded with natural light and great panoramic views towards Leith and the Firth of Forth. There was free wifi access throughout. Day delegate rates are from £35.
THE FACILITIES: Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the new and sophisticated Printing Press bar and kitchen serves seasonal Scottish produce. Burr & Co is the hotel's small but perfectly formed, awardwinning coffee shop which also serves a very good selection of fresh salads, pastries, homemade cakes and snacks.
THE VERDICT: In an excellent location, this smart Edinburgh hotel is certainly one of the choice places to stay in the Scottish capital. With the recent refurbishment completed the hotel has a stylish and sophisticated vibe with excellent service, facilities and comfort to match.
THE DETAILS: The George Hotel, 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB. Tel: 0131 225 1251. Room rates start from £139 per night including breakfast. For further information see www.thegeorgehoteledinburgh.co.uk
Reviewed by David Clare (2016)