Castle, Festival and Tattoo are all words that spring to mind when thinking of Edinburgh. But the beautiful Royal Mile with its cobbled streets and eclectic mix of restaurants and shops is, arguably, the Scottish capital’s most famed landmark. It’s also home to just one five-star property – the G&V Royal Mile Hotel.
The luxury hotel, which is part of Carlson Rezidor’s Quorvus Collection, was transformed in 2015 following a revamp that saw some of Scotland’s leading artists drafted in to help redesign 136 rooms, as well as the lobby and dining area. The designers included Scottish fashion guru Judy Clark and Glasgow-based textile design studio Timorous Beasties, who both designed suites in the hotel, drawing inspiration from ‘modern Scotland’.
“We believe that our investment will allow G&V to flourish, lead the way and retain its quality and individuality – as well as a deep-felt pride in the local area, environment and people,” says Rose Anderson, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s vice president of branding.
Vibrant spaces on the Royal Mile
The G&V’s location at the heart of the Royal Mile is an obvious draw to travellers, but it also offers a great place for hosting meetings and events.
The hotel’s mezzanine level has three entertaining spaces for meetings, events and private dining. The largest room is the Tartan Room, which can seat 26 people for a board meeting, 40 for dinner, 60 in a theatre-style arrangement, 24 in a classroom-style arrangement, 22 in a u-shaped arrangement and 75 for a standing reception. It can also be divided into two spaces if required.
For smaller meetings, the G&V has a VIP boardroom, which seats 12 people. There is also a separate private dining room, with a glass table, which seats 12.
For more relaxed and informal meetings there is also a 100-metre space that serves as a breakout area; it’s decked with vibrant, comfortable furniture, making it a great place for casual meetings. There is Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel.
The hotel’s award-winning Italian-inspired restaurant Cucina offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving dishes such as char-grilled Scottish rib-eye steak with marinated tomatoes and parsley sauce, and pan-fried sea bream with bay leaf sauce and wilted vegetables. Headed up by chef Mattia Camorani, the restaurant serves delicious, fresh dishes and is a relaxed venue for business meetings.
For a morning coffee or a pre-dinner drink, look no further than Bar G&V. The bar is a bright, cosmopolitan venue with a great selection of classic and unusual cocktails, and a menu of light tasty bites for those feeling peckish.
Positioned between the city’s famous old and new town, the G&V is just minutes from the historic Edinburgh Castle – and is conveniently placed for many of the city’s other attractions, such as the National Museum of Scotland and the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Edinburgh International Airport is only a 25-minute drive away (eight miles), while Waverley station is just a few minutes’ walk, making the G&V an easily accessible venue for business travellers.
All photography by Gerry O’Leary.