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Radisson Blu, Edinburgh

Radisson Blu

Situated on the Royal Mile about halfway between Edinburgh Castle and Holyroodhouse Palace, the Radisson Blu offers well-appointed accommodation in a prime location. Rooms are spacious, modern and minimalist in style. Unusually for such a centrally located property, once you are inside the hotel all sounds from the lively Royal Mile are eliminated. The Radisson Blu is surrounded by excellent restaurants, cafes and bars of all kinds within easy walking distance. However, for those who prefer to dine in, the hotel’s Itchycoo Bar & Kitchen offers a good selection of Scottish dishes, showcasing fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Melrose Spa & Health Club offers guests spa facilities and treatments, a gym and a swimming pool.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

Rooms at the Radisson Blu are contemporary and fairly minimalist in style, with gray, white and black tones predominating. There are various rooms available from standard and superior rooms to turret suites, but all are fitted with a high standard of modern amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi and a pillow menu. Family rooms can accommodate up to four people, and room categories from business class upwards also feature a Nespresso coffee machine.

Location

The Radisson Blu is situated on the Royal Mile, halfway between Holyroodhouse Palace and Edinburgh Castle. The hotel is just off South Bridge which leads over Edinburgh Waverley Station to Princes Street. Central Edinburgh’s alleyways, closes and wynds, as well as its main sites and a fantastic selection of restaurants and shops can all be explored on foot from the hotel.

Food and drink

Itchycoo Bar & Kitchen serves both lunch and dinner, which features traditional Scottish dishes with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The restaurant serves a comprehensive hot and cold breakfast buffet, and room service can be ordered 24-hours a day. The Radisson Blu is surrounded by excellent restaurants and cafes, and the hotel’s concierge team will be happy to recommend some of their favorites.

Facilities and activities

The Melrose Spa & Health Club is complimentary to guests, and features a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym and treatment rooms.

Our opinion

Despite the lack of character we love this hotel for offering excellent value accommodation with a location that is hard to beat.

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