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Hotel Missoni Edinburgh Hotel 2 star
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1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, United Kingdom Edinburgh, United Kingdom -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

As should be expected from one of the world's forefront fashion designers, Hotel Missoni is an extremely stylish, light, fresh address in the heart of Edinburgh's Medieval Old Town. The glamourous Italian fashion label is renowned for its use of colour, stripes and intricately woven fabrics, and the hotel doesn't disappoint! Every aspect of the hotel screams style, with a flamboyant palette and stunning textiles throughout. Avoiding the over-employed temptation to clad everything in tartan, Missoni nevertheless sports a subtly Scottish charm (we loved the Missoni-print kilts worn by the doormen?). Incredibly confident, Missoni is quite possibly the only hotel in the world that could get away with a multi-coloured theme, silver quilted headboards, enormous circular chill pads and shaggy rugs? and still make it look cool. The hotel feels in many ways like the set for a fashion editorial, and even the brochure reads like a mood-board, stating matter-of-factly: ?Missoni. For Scotland. Bold. Forthright. Dramatic', which sums up the Missoni experience perfectly.

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    Location 9.23 /10

    Hotel Missoni is situated at 1 George IV Bridge, just around the corner from Royal Mile. But amid all the commotion of Scotland's most touristy mile, it's easy to pass it by. Only come nightfall do you get the full impact of the designer hotel and bar, when it's beautifully lit up and looks catwalk-worthy. As well as being within short walking distance from most of the capital's key attractions such as the castle, National Gallery and Grassmarket, Missoni is just a five minute walk from Waverly Station, from where direct airport buses depart regularly and take around 25 minutes.

    Accommodation 9.45 /10

    All clean lines and enormous windows, Missoni's 136 rooms face onto the courtyard or the street, and many have magnificent views over the city and the nearby Arthur's Seat. Spaces are simple and not overcrowded, with exceptional focus on quality and aesthetics. Although the hotel has a retro feel, with its vintage lamps, softly angular armchairs and shaggy rugs, it is also distinctly present, boasting many touches that challenge the traditional, and 21st century amenities including coffee machines, iPod docks and high-speed internet. Guests can make use of the complementary newspapers, films, local phone calls and best of all, the complementary mini-bar! There is also a free laundry service available for two items daily. Decked-out with large walk-in monsoon showers, thousands of tiny mosaic tiles, and an array of complementary products, bathrooms are predictably sharp and stylish, but the highlight is without a doubt the Missoni bathrobes, which are also available to buy at reception.

    Overview 9.20 /10

    Dotted with giant vases, oversized armchairs and wide columns, the open plan reception/bar area is stylish and spacious. Service is impeccable, and even tap water comes ready-to-rejuvenate with a fresh slice of cucumber and a sprig of mint. Avoiding going cosy and intimate, common spaces at Missoni are vast and highly sociable. No detail has been left to chance and it's easy to spend your time marveling at each and every one. As well as the restaurant, terrace and bar/lounge, the hotel also has a small gym and two treatment rooms - both, of course, meticulously Missoni with their clean lines and bold block colours.

    Food and drink 9.45 /10

    Occupying the first floor and three large windows overlooking the street, La Cucina is at the heart of Hotel Missoni as it would be at the heart of an Italian family home. The restaurant is a large open plan space, with sweeping white walls, and (need it be said) beautifully set tables. Missoni has done away with tradition in that they've cut out the frills, but still provide an excellent standard of service. Tableware pays more attention to fashion than most, changing its look three times a day, but always looking vibrant and fresh. Similarly, head chef Mattia Camorani uses only the finest and freshest Italian produce and seasonal ingredients. Dishes are authentically prepared - a modern twist on Italian classics. Downstairs, the Missoni bar is one of Edinburgh's hottest spots. Professional mixologists prepare contemporary twists on classic cocktails, cool, fresh and bold.

    To know

    Missoni currently owns two hotels - Edinburgh and Kuwait, but the list of those under construction is steadily growing. Next up, expect great things from Brazil, Turkey and Oman.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, massage, wellness, Turkish bath, keep fit, spa

    • Sports equipment

      gym, sports

    • Safe
    • Meeting room

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