Fodor's Expert Review Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh
1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 12AD, Scotland See on Map Fodor's Choice
This funky hotel of many names - formerly the G&V, formerly the Hotel Missoni - is now part of the Radisson Collection, and provides a light, bright, modern break for eyes overwhelmed by Edinburgh's slightly dark, gothic beauty. It's got a prime spot just off the Royal Mile and complimentary G&Ts for thirsty arrivals in reception, and retains a fashionable boutique feel throughout, from the urban skyline outline wallpaper in reception and the rooms to the Hollywood-style bathroom mirrors in the bar.
Rooms are spacious and trendy, with bright colors and design furniture, like modern anglepoise lamps. Many have fantastic views from the floor-to-ceiling windows and the deluxe rooms include a free mini-bar.
Who needs a plain white bathroom, like every other hotel? Bathrooms at the Radisson come in a range of hues - red, purple, pink - with black bathrobes and glittery tiles.
YOU SHOULD KNOW We like the bright bathrooms, but they might be a bit garish for some tastes.
The look for the lobby at this hotel is modernist and snazzy - cool golden light fittings, soft grey chairs, a standalone faux fire, and purple lighting. Staff are friendly and passionate about the hotel's offer.
The hotel has a spa that's currently undergoing renovation - it's due to re-open in August 2018.
There's a small fitness suite.
Cucina restaurant is a modern, buzzy spot, with pillars covered in floral patterns and an outdoor courtyard surrounded by Edinburgh's trademark stone walls. The menu is an Italian/Scottish blend - think haggis ravioli.
The bottomless Prosecco brunch on Sundays is a hoot.
You're at the heart of Edinburgh's buzzing tourist zone, and all of the main attractions are walkable. A number of buses also stop outside the hotel.
Dive back into Edinburgh gothic at the fantastically over-the-top The Witchery by the Castle (3-minute walk), which has drama and good food in spades. Or try the family-run The Mussel and Steak Bar (3-minute walk) at Grassmarket for some straightforward surf and turf.
You're in Scotland, you may as well go straight to source for the good stuff at the Scotch Whisky Experience (3-minute walk. The tour even includes a barrel ride (as well as some tasting). Or Ensign Ewart (2-minute walk) is a cosy, traditional pub dating from 1690.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you consider yourself a little bit above the slightly twee old-school grandeur of Edinburgh's top hotels, but still want something cool, central, and committed to customer service, you could do a lot worse than stay at the Radisson Collection Hotel Royal Mile Edinburgh. The G&T on arrival sold it to us at the outset, and the bright, cool design throughout sealed the deal.