When Rosita and Ottavio Missoni decided to expand their fashion emporium to encompass hotel, they zoomed in on Edinburgh, a city first fell in love with decades ago in their courtship days. Opened in June 2009, it was the first ever Missoni hotel (Hotel Missoni Kuwait has since followed suit) to see the light of day. When Luxury Beat was in Edinburgh recently, we decided to put the hotel to the test.
The rooms: We could tell we were going to fall in love with the Missoni Edinburgh the minute a Missoni kilt-clad bellboy welcomed us intothe lounge. Stepping into the lobby felt like stepping into an embassy where the country was called style and its anthem “The Devil is in the Details”. From the minimalistic reception to the hotel’s 136 bedrooms and suites; the elegant espresso machines to the iPod docking stations and the Missoni bathrobes and slippers to the complimentary healthy minibar, everything screams “We are Missoni, we are bold and we are proud of it!”. Even the sheets and bed-spreads adorning the beds with their tell-tale prints and zigzags are unmistakably from the fashion house, while the bathroom amenities are a collaboration between Missoni and Estee Lauder. If it all sounds a bit too much, rest assured it is not. Every single decor and furniture seems fabulous not only in form but also function.
The Location: The Missoni Edinburgh scores gold with its strategic location on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, which is the city’s most popular street. It starts at Holyrood Palace, the Queen of England’s residence when she is in the city, and ends at the Edinburgh castle which is only a stone’s throw away from the hotel. The Elephant Cafe, where J.K. Rowlings wrote a lot of her early Harry Potter novel is just a few blocks from the hotel while yet another of Edinburgh’s attractions, Arthur’s Seat, can be seen from some of the rooms. The city’s main train station, Waverly, is within waking distance, making the Hotel Missoni a dream for travellers coming into town.
The Spa: Spa Missoni is the latest addition to the hotel. Opened in 2010 , it is situated on the second floor and like every single space in the building, is adornedwith trademark Missoni zigzags, geometric patterns and splashes of bold colours, which surprisingly synergize to create a relaxing atmosphere. Luxury Travel Beat tried the Eve Lom Ultimate Cleanse, a one hour deep cleansing treatment including extractions and lymphatic drainage of back, neck and decollete. We left the spa feeling relaxed and unclogged both mentally and physically. The skin on my face remained smooth and had a soft feel to it for days after the treatment. There are over 50 other treatments for both men and women, with prices starting at £40.
Cucina Restaurant: Missoni is an Italian brand so it is no surprise that the hotel boasts an Italian restaurant – Cucina. It is open all day from breakfast until late at night, offering both hotel guests and Edinburghians a menu bursting with fresh, seasonal and authentic Italian dishes made under the direction of Head Chef Mattia Camorani, all of which is served on the Missoni homeware range.
LTB’s verdict: Stylish, comfortable and uncomplicated luxury within spitting distance of all that defines Edinburgh.
The Lowdown: Hotel Missoni Edinburgh, www.hotelmissoni.com . Prices all include breakfast, laundry, high speed wireless internet, free local calls, movies on demand, and the entire contents of the minibar, and start at £160 a night.
Photos by Cynthia Wamwayi and courtesy of The Missoni Hotel Edinburgh.