I recently had a little staycation in Edinburgh, my hometown and most favourite City in the world. I booked a hotel very last minute and found a great deal with Hotel Indigo which is based in York Place.
The plan was to spend a very chilled night having some food, drinking some gin and coming back to sleep in a nice big hotel bed. Having a night away even if it’s so close to home is always a welcoming treat. It’s one of my favourite things to do and I love trying out different hotels.
Hotel Indigo is a stone throw away from the York Place Tram Stop which is ideal if you are coming from the airport as you are literally being dropped off at the doorstep right from the airport – I know how daunting it can be finding transport in a city you’re unfamiliar with.
The hotel gave a great first impression by allowing me to check in early with no extra charge. Of course, this all depends on if your room is ready – also when I checked in I was informed that the contents of the mini fridge in the room were complimentary. This is such a welcoming touch because it feels like most hotels want to charge you extra for everything.
The room we had was quite small, the large bed and television dwarfed it but there was enough space for us and it was all modern interior. At the bottom of the large bed was a wide screen TV which allowed you to watch films and tv as well as play music. I do feel like these could be updated a little to allow you to sign into Netflix and play music via your phone – however, I very much enjoyed the positioning of the television. I also really appreciated that the plug sockets were right next to the bed on both sides – really taking into considering the modern needs of their guests.
I’m not sure about anyone else but one thing I judge very highly when I stay in hotels is their bathrooms – it might be weird but I really like a nice one. The one we had was really modern with a rainforest shower – there were luxury Aveda toiletries too (another nice touch). Another feature in the bathroom is that they have speakers built into the ceiling so you can listen to the radio or whatever is on the television. I find these extras really help bring a more luxury feel to your experience
Our nights’ sleep was lovely, and although we were bang dab in the middle of the city centre we weren’t disturbed by any noise. Although whenever I go to a busy city I don’t really condemn a hotel for a bit of noise can’t help the natural buzz of a city.
The hotel is located in a great spot, especially if you’re going to see a show at The Playhouse which is about a 5-10 minute walk. As I said before the tram stop is right outside so if you don’t want to walk the 10 minutes to Princes Street or if you have mobility issues then the tram is a great and affordable way to get around the city centre.
During our night away we headed to the Omni-centre which is a few minutes walk from the hotel – The Omni has a cinema as well as a handful of chain restaurants including Toni Macaroni which is where we dined. The Italian restaurant has a great menu for any pasta or pizza lovers. I also had a cheeky wee cocktail which wasn’t cheap but it tasted great.
There is an endless list of things that you can do in Edinburgh, from shopping on the famous Princes Street to having a picnic in Princes Street Gardens. You can explore the Edinburgh Castle that sits pretty in the middle of the city which is always such an amazing sight to see. Wandering through the old town, up and down the cobbled streets and browsing the array of independent shops is one of my favourite pastimes.
A few of my favourite places to go for sweet treats includes Luca’s Ice Cream Parlour, there is one situated in Morningside but if you fancy having a wee trip to the seaside you can visit Musselburgh where the original Lucas is as well as the beach.
More city centre-based is Coro the chocolate cafe which is just off Princes Street on Fredrick Street. They sell all sorts of chocolate goodness including pancakes and waffles. There is a great selection and a must visit for any chocolate lover.
The Natural Museum of Scotland is somewhere you can explore for hours and a place that both children and adults will love. It’s free to enter and the perfect place to go if you have a rainy day.
I absolutely love being a tourist in my own city and not only do I recommend you visiting Edinburgh I also recommend you being a tourist in your home town. See all that it has to offer.