The recently opened Adagio Aparthotel, on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, combines the flexibility of studio apartments with the comfort and convenience of a hotel
This former 1930s seaman’s mission in the Canongate used to serve a decent meal to old sailors. It has now been transformed into a cutting-edge, 146-unit aparthotel, minutes from Waverley Station, and next to the thriving New Waverley sector of the city. French company Adagio is a key player in the aparthotel world, with scores on the continent, but only one in Scotland.
Business travellers today long for a home from home when they are on the road. Staying in one of the affordable studio apartments allows them to cook their own meals using the compact kitchen. All crockery, cutlery and pans are supplied, and there is even a half-size dishwasher, microwave, sink and fridge. Meetings can be conducted in the room, thanks to the ingenious Murphy bed, which flips into the wall when not in use, providing extra space and a more business-like atmosphere. The decor is of muted tones, and uses wood laminates and velvet cushions to give a modern, boutique feel. There are quirky touches – a portrait of 007, as played by our very own Sean Connery, graces the walls, along with images of deer and Edinburgh rooftops. Of course there is Wi-Fi, an LCD television and a clever bluetooth speaker which allows you to play your own music. Weekly cleaning is included in the price of the studio, and if you are staying longer, there is a laundry in the basement, along with a small gym where you can get your fitness fix.
You can opt to have breakfast in the common area on the ground floor – and this space changes to a welcoming lounge during the day and the evening. There is table football and chess, encouraging guests to meet and chat.
Food essentials such as milk can be bought from the mini market in the foyer, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants moments from the aparthotel entrance.
You can, of course, upgrade to a larger suite, which have separate bedrooms, large living spaces with sofa beds, bigger kitchens, and separate WCs.
These apartments are popular with families or business travellers staying for long periods.
Although firmly in the centre of the Old Town of Edinburgh, serious soundproofing means you won’t be disturbed, and with tiered pricing, the longer you stay, the cheaper
Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile. Prices for a studio apartment start at £67 per night dependent on dates. See www.adagio-city.com for more information. Or call 0131 322 8299.