Last weekend I headed up to Edinburgh for the first time, to explore, relax, shop and visit. When looking for which hotel to stay in, the choice was pretty obvious: Edinburgh is home to the first Hotel Missoni, which opened in 2009.
I’ve never stayed in a “fashion hotel” before, so I was intrigued to see just how much of the brand’s signature style would be incorporated in the hotel. The answer? It’s like taking a walk inside Creative Director Rosita Missoni’s brain. Whereas in my own home, I tend to take the minimalist approach, this is about as far removed from minimalism as could possibly be – and it is fantastic. It is colourful and full of clashing patterns and over-the-top statement designs and a true feast for the eyes.
We arrived on Friday evening, were initially confused whether we had walked into a design bar instead of the hotel, as the lobby bar has become a popular meeting place for Edinburgh’s fashionable crowd. I always think a thriving lobby bar is the sign of a great hotel, so it boded well for the rest of our stay. Everywhere, from the lift to the hallways to the bedroom features countless prints and colours (my boyfriend referred to it as “a bit trippy”) and you can’t help but feel quite cheerful just walking around the hotel. I became slightly obsessed with the adorable Missoni tableware and the black & white robes (a lot of which you can buy in reception!).
Breakfast was in Cucina, the hotel’s restaurant. Again it was a barrage of colours and prints and materials, mixed with delicious food served by Missoni-clad staff. As hotel uniforms go, these have to be the coolest I’ve ever seen, especially the lovely man in the Missoni kilt in front of the hotel. Inside the hotel, it’s pretty easy to imagine you’re inside the Missoni HQ in Milan, but the moment you step out of the hotel, you’re reminded of the history of its location. Just around the corner of Hotel Missoni you’ll find Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, which seems a world away from the modern and stylish interiors of the hotel, and yet somehow, the clash between old and contemporary just works.
Whether you’re staying in the hotel or just passing by for food or drink – I promise you it’s absolutely worth the visit! Rooms start from £90 per night.
Hotel Missoni Edinburgh
1 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1AD
For lots more pictures, head to the Alex Loves Facebook Page!
View from my room…
*** Alex was a paying guest at Hotel Missoni Edinburgh ***