G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh
What We Love
- A stone’s throw from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile
- Intimate spa
- Large rain-shower bathrooms
- In-room Nespresso machine and iPod dock
- People-watching in Bar G&V
What To Know
- Decor is avant-garde modern, with bold colours and sometimes jarring patterns
- Only suites have bathtubs
- Night-time noise can be a problem for light sleepers
- Minimal drawer, shelf, wardrobe space
- Lobby doubles as the bar
- Valet parking costs roughly £54 per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A stay at G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh places you in the heart of Edinburgh, steps from Gladstone’s Land and St. Giles’ Cathedral. This 5-star hotel is close to Greyfriars Kirk and Princes Street Gardens.
Make yourself at home in one of the 136 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while iPod docking stations and digital programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge).
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, express check-in, and express check-out. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms.
How to Get There
I have stayed here twice, both times for business and also booked their conference rooms around half a dozen times.
It’s fairly decent, no major complaints .. but it’s definitely not a high end boutique hotel. If you’re expecting that,pay a bit more and stay somewhere else.
Gin and tonic on arrival is a nice touch, rooms are nice and large with big windows and good views but overall just lacking in that wow feeling. Almost as if they’re
Pretending to be boutique. Luckily these were all business trips. I wouldn’t pay for this place out of my own pocket.
We are regular visitors to Edinburgh and booked this hotel quite some time ago with high expectations - which unfortunately were sadly dashed.
Our stay was for 3 days and we arrived early, as we always do, and asked to put our cases in which we always do. The receptionist was very polite and said that she would see if a room could be made available by 2 pm, rather than the standard 3pm check-in. We did not ask for this and thought it a nice gesture. She then continued to say that she had our number and would call us when we could check in. 2pm came and went and we just presumed that there must not have been a room available, which wasn’t a problem, and as such we turned back up at 3pm. Unfortunately there still was not a room available and as such again the receptionist promised she would ring when it was done.
We went into the bar to have a drink whilst waiting. The wine I ordered was not available and the cocktail my husband wanted didn’t have the right ingredients. They did offer to try and make it out other drinks but not really much point, as such we ordered two glasses of a different wine. Time was now moving on and it was gone half three. At 3.40 we had heard nothing and went back to the reception to be told that the room was done and had been for some time! What was the point in saying they were going to ring. The receptionist who was then on was not over friendly and just gave us our case back, didn’t tell us where the lifts were or any details about breakfast etc. In every Radisson (and I must say at this stage that it’s my preferred brand and I do have loyalty points for them – although again, no mention of being a member was made when checking in which has always been said at any others).
Finally got in the room which had a great view, the bathroom was well fitted out but the bed was extremely soft, although I accept that is a personal preference. What was pointless was the pillows, they were that thin that there was no support whatsoever. There is a coffee machine in the room and the most ridiculous cheap hairdryer you can imagine. This is supposed to be a 5* hotel and yet it provides cheap amenities. To make matters worse it has the tightest coiled cable which makes it near impossible to dry your hair especially as the plug sockets are in the wrong place anyway.
The shower is a really good size however, it never got past just warm and there was hardly any power in it. We gave up after a while and went out for the evening and asked for extra pillows to go up to our room whilst we were away.
Got back to the hotel late and there were no pillows.
Next morning we went to use the coffee machine and it didn’t work. The hotel left a carton of fresh milk in the fridge but the expiry date on it was the day before we arrived, needless to say it was of no use whatsoever.
We didn’t eat breakfast at the hotel and went out as we had a full day on – asked for extra pillows again on the way out and also for the coffee machine to be looked at as we were unable to have a drink (we don’t drink tea as there was sachets for that, but none for coffee).
Came back late afternoon and went to the bar to get some wine to take back to the room. My husband asked for a tray to carry the drinks back with and the bartender huffed and puffed for a while saying that they don’t give trays. My husband finally got him to realise that it’s impossible to open doors and operate a card in the lift if both his hands were full (I had already gone back up the room). Checked the coffee machine on our return and nothing had been done with it and it was still broken, although the pillows had arrived. Unfortunately they were the same cheap thin things as the existing ones and even putting three on top of each other did not even make up much more than one standard pillow. There was no support in them and after a few hours’ sleep you just ended up with a stiff neck.
Don’t bother with the television – which for some reason is not set in the middle of the wall but half way down it, making one person’s viewing more difficult if you are sat on the bed – the channel selection was very poor and not worth the effort of turning it on.
We would have liked to use the spa but that was closed. Apparently you can use their sister hotel in Edinburgh but who wants to be bothered doing that.
Our three day stay continued in the same vein all the way through. The culmination being that when arriving back from the theatre on the last night we went to the bar for a night cap. There were two staff on, one just ignored my husband completely and the other was chatting to two ladies who were sat at the bar, both of which had been served and were drinking their drinks. He asked the person who was polishing glasses if they were serving and they said they were not “as they were busy”. At that stage my husband just gave up and left it.
This is supposed to be a premium 5* hotel – it falls a long long way short of it. Even when we checked out we were not asked how our stay was or if there was anything that they could do for us e.g. call a taxi. There wasn’t and we knew where we going but they didn’t know that and every other hotel I have ever stayed in, staff have always enquired. The service is poor for any class of hotel and the impression is that it’s trading on its location. If you want 5* service then they need to match up to the Radisson in Leicester Square, London or the Radisson Edwardian in Manchester. Both the latter having fantastic staff and amenities.
I have been to the Epicurean several times since it opened - and I have had the delight of some gorgeous, original cocktails.
I thought to repeat the experience on Friday afternoon; meeting a friend in Edinburgh, we were going to be ladies who lunched, starting off the afternoon in style with a Near Milgavnie in the Epicurean. Or that was the plan...
When we got up there, we were the only people in the bar - at lunchtime, on a Friday? Odd, but, OK - will go with it.
- Are you here for food? The waitress asked.
- No, I replied; we're here for your amazing cocktails.
We were given menus, which had changed from my last visit, just before Christmas. That was OK, there were some interesting items on there.
The bartender came over, and said, rather off-hand, I thought, that the menu was changing, and that there was very little on it that he'd be able to make, and it was probably best not to look at it. I asked why we weren't given current cocktail menus, but there wasn't an answer. I said that I'd been here just before Christmas, and that there had a fantastic range of cocktails; it was a shame that some of them weren't still on the menu. His response? Well, I haven't been here for a long time, so you'd expect things to change.
Then, without description, I saw the Near Milgavnie as one of their Classic cocktails; I asked if that was available. Nope. And nor was this, that, and several others on the list.
The bartender left us to make a decision. I saw the different type of martinis. When he came over again, at the request of the waitress, I asked what the difference between the deconstructed and forgotten martinis was - and was told that they weren't on the menu, either, as it involved the kitchen having to prep onions, and they weren't going to do that any more. I only asked for a description!
The bartender then said, Are you going to order?
I replied, Actually, I don't think so, and we got up and went to the Villager and had a lovely Bramble and a Negroni before lunch in the Outsider, for a fraction of the cost.
I was very disappointed with the attitude of the bartender: dismissive, disinterested, and positively rude. We could have been handled in a gentler manner! This is not what I expect from this bar, and I won't be heading back in a hurry.
We stayed here for the 2 nights following our wedding. The staff were absolutely fantastic and upgraded our room to one of their amazing suites. Everything was perfect from the views to the service! Thanks so much for making things very special for us.
Stayed for one overnight with my sister in May, staff were fantastic, so quick to help out with anything, offered a complimentary drink upon our arrival was a lovely touch also. Would definitely stay again!