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Hotel du Vin Edinburgh Hotel 4 star
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11 BRISTO PLACE EH1 1EZ EDINBURGH Royaume-Uni Edinburgh, United Kingdom -
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Visiting Edinburgh's Hotel du Vin you would never guess that the hotel is in fact the latest addition to a nation-wide family of 15 luxury boutique hotels. A chain yes, but the hotel itself feels like a one-off Scottish phenomenon, complete with a scattering of tartan, a whiskey lounge and a cosy cigar bothy to snuggle up in on a cold winter night. Modest and stylish, Hotel du Vin has plenty of reason to blow its own horn: 47 beautifully decorated rooms and suites (with bathrooms to die for) sitting on a goldmine of history in one of Edinburgh's trendiest areas, it would be futile to cover up the fact that this little gem was one of our favourites. With a large emphasis on dining and drinking, the hotel has a labyrinth of nooks and crannies, mezzanines and wine cellars to relax in. The restaurant itself is large, open plan and delightfully provincial. Popular amongst locals and foodies, and boasting a staggering wine list to navigate your way around, the restaurant is at the heart of the hotel.

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      Hotel Du Vin   -   © Alexis Bidegain/ Easypresse

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      Hotel Du Vin   -   © Alexis Bidegain/ Easypresse

       
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    Location 7.64 /10

    Just up the hill from the lively Grassmarket, and a short walk from Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, the hotel is set aside from Edinburgh's main hub of hotels. Set around a small courtyard just off Bistro place, Hotel du Vin is unassuming from the outside, which only makes it even more pleasing to discover the treasure within! The hotel is a 10 minute walk from Waverly Station, and 25 minutes from Edinburgh airport by car. There is no car park at the hotel, but the nearest NPC car park is only a five minute walk away.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    Hotel du Vin is at once cosy, cabin-like and highly stylish. With a large courtyard at its centre, the hotel feels private and set away from the street. Enter the reception to feel instantly welcome and at home. A large chandelier made of wine glasses is just one of the lovely touches that the hotel is so full of. As well as the beautiful private bedrooms (and even better bathrooms), guests have the homely whiskey snug and cigar bothy at their disposal. The snug is a great place to enjoy an apéro or an afternoon tea, with its cosy fireplaces and vintage armchairs and furniture. Whiskey cabinets (although wine may be the hotel's principle expertise, it does a good job on the whiskey front as well, with no less than 250 on offer) adorn the walls, and skylights make this a delightful hideaway in which to listen to the rain patter on the roof (more often than not). At the heart of the hotel, the Bistro is relaxed and informal and the bar bustling with activity.

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    The building that now houses Hotel du Vin has a fascinating (if slightly dark) history which only adds to its intrigue and character. Constructed between 1739 and 1743, the brick walls (still visible in some parts of the hotel) housed a Poor House, a lunatic asylum and a science laboratory before finally becoming Hotel du Vin in 2007. There are references to the hotel's rich history throughout in the form of paintings and even a grand mural of Edinburgh's ?Burke & Hare' murderers, who famously sold the corpses of their victims to Edinburgh Medical College for dissection...

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    • Handicap access
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    • Air conditioning
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    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
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