G&V Hotel, Edinburgh
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Part of the Quorvus Collection of hotels, the G&V Hotel in Edinburgh was conveniently situated for a visit to the city as the hotel sits on the Royal Mile and both the castle and St Giles Cathedral can be reached on foot within minutes.
Formerly known as the Hotel Missoni, the name was changed to the G&V Hotel a few years ago. The G&V apparently stands for George and Victoria as the hotel is on George IV Bridge Street and Victoria Street runs along the side of the hotel.
You know that you have arrived at a 5 star establishment when a porter greets you at the door to carry your suitcases. This is no ordinary 5 star hotel though as each guest can expect to experience 5 star luxury in the heart of the Scottish capital.
I doubt I will never again be greeted by a porter from Malaga in Spain, dressed in a kilt in Edinburgh, but this is a cosmopolitan hotel in a cosmopolitan city.
It felt like you had arrived in Scotland too when the friendly Scottish receptionist greeted us with a big smile. Check in was fast and courteous. A nice touch was being shown up to our room by the receptionist who explained the lighting, lay out of the room and all the amenities (the porter had now delivered our luggage to the room).
With a view out over St Giles Cathedral with Arthur's Seat in the background, it made you want to put on your hiking boots and climb up the famous Edinburgh hill. Not that you would want to leave the hotel of course: with a fully equipped gym, spa and a marvellous restaurant entitled Cucina in house, the walk would have to wait for tomorrow.
Our room was bright and airy, thanks to the big floor to ceiling windows. Most luxury hotels these days seem to be going for a Nespresso coffee machine in your room and the G&V have one in each room, along with tea and also a small carton of fresh milk in the fridge. A nice touch. A free safe, comfortable beds, free high speed Internet access and a huge flat screen TV all add up to everything that you need. I found the air conditioning to be just right too, not too noisy to disturb your sleep.
The underfloor heating in the bathroom was a novel touch. As you would expect at this standard the towels and bathrobes were the epitome of indulgent luxury, along with the haircare and beauty products.
Evening meal and breakfast are taken in the aforementioned Cucina restaurant on the mezzanine floor. Again, service was first class.
My sister is vegetarian and could not see anything on the menu she liked, so the chef cooked her a vegetarian dish of her choice. It was the individuality that made our visit so pleasurable. Another attention to detail was our waitress putting the napkin over our knee.
My main of char-grilled ribeye steak with rocket and Parmesan was cooked to my liking and was excellent. Presentation was good and the gaps between each course were timed just right.
Desserts such as caramel sponge, pistachio ice cream, sweet ricotta and candied fruit were a sweet end to a delightful meal, served in a warm atmosphere.
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Breakfast comprised of a cold continental buffet or hot Scottish breakfast, cooked to order. I was surprised though when my sister's porridge arrived at the same time as her cooked breakfast. Perhaps the chef thought there were 3 people at our table!
I enjoyed the black pudding and the haggis with my breakfast and like the rest of the cooked breakfast it was of a high standard.
Our fellow guests were a mix of Americans, Scottish, English and other European guests.
It felt like you had stayed at a well run, friendly, dare I say classy hotel, where high standards had been maintained via good training and staff with a willingness to please.
Perhaps G&V should stand for Grand and Victorious - it certainly felt like it.
G&V Hotel, 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD
Telephone 0131 220 6666
G&V Hotel, Edinburgh, 26th April 2017, 19:18 PM