Adagio Aparthotel Edinburgh Royal Mile is the latest ‘aparthotel’ to open in Edinburgh. Located inside Edinburgh’s renowned Old Sailor’s Ark building on the Royal Mile, this is a hotel with a history.
“In 1911 an old sailor, Captain Charles Taylor of the Merchant Navy, died leaving instruction in his will for a sum of money to be devoted to the welfare of the poor, a cause he held dear to his heart during his life. His instructions were for the money to be left to accumulate until is reached a substantial amount, which it did in 1932, then amounting to £91,000.
The money was spent, as per his instructions, on building the Old Sailor’s Ark on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in 1936, with the sole intention of providing cheap meals to the deserving poor of Edinburgh.
As was his wish, a board of managing directors and representatives was gathered from Edinburgh’s many religious denominations. The board were instructed to find the location – choosing Canongate – and build the ‘Old Sailor’s Ark’ to house a restaurant and hospitality space with the specific purpose of feeding and sheltering those in need in the city. The intention was that the more people who use the facility the less the meals would cost – interestingly an intent mirrored in Adagio’s pricing structure today of the longer you stay the less you pay.
The Old Sailor’s Ark lived up to the dying wishes of Captain Charles Taylor, serving one million meals a year to hungry Edinburgh families before and after the war.”
A photography exhibition featuring memories of the Sailor’s Ark will be on display 19th – 25th May at Adagio Aparthotel Royal Mile. Patrick Kearst created the special charity exhibition of photos looking at the hospitality of the city and the ‘real’ Edinburgh as seen through his own eyes.
Adagio is the leading aparthotels network in Europe offering comfortable and spacious apartments in urban locations, with fully equipped kitchen and hotels services for extended stays based on a tiered pricing from fourth night onwards.
The first thing that struck me was the central location. Set on the Royal Mile, you are at the beating heart of Edinburgh and perfectly positioned to enjoy all the festival antics, should you be visiting at that time. The building, while modern, fits well in its surrounding and is in a similar style to the Radisson Blu which is a bit further up the mile.
Staff were a little vague on arrival about the parking, however I believe you can park in the carpark close by complimentary or at a reduced fee.
There are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area which is a bonus, find out more on those below. We noticed the food in the shop was a bit overpriced so I’d advise people to avoid that and go to the shop across the road.
Our apartment was ready early so we were able to get in at 1pm and begin our mini break.
The apartment seemed basic on arrival, but it quickly became quite cosy and comfortable once we’d settled in, and we found we had everything we needed.
Apartments are really spacious, a benefit to keeping things quite basic with not too much furniture, although we felt it could perhaps do with a second sofa if four people were sharing.
We had a corner apartment and I have to say the views were spectacular, and a real highlight.
Everything was clean and in good condition, toiletries and welcome beverages were a nice touch and a real bonus.
There’s also a small gym room in the basement which guests can use during their stay – handy if you’re staying for an extended period.
The breakfast offered a good variety of options and was a nice place to sit. It could have done with one member of staff whose sole job was to oversee breakfast as I saw guests requiring extra mugs and plates and ended up taking them from other tables – everything was clean and tidy though.
Ten Bars & Restaurants Within Walking Distance of Adagio Aparthotel Royal Mile
Wedgwood – for a fine dining dinner, or a very competitively priced set lunch (£14.75 for two courses, £18.75 for three)
Mimi’s Bakehouse – for takeaway cakes for the apartment.
Oink – for takeaway hog roast rolls, haggis topping is optional.
Hendersons – for high quality vegetarian and vegan food.
OX184 – for craft beer and barbecued/smoked food
Monteiths – an intimate little restaurant for a romantic dinner. We recommend the chateaubriand for two.
The Devil’s Advocate – known for its excellent cocktails, but also serving a really good menu. Located down one of the little lanes off the Royal Mile for maximum Edinburgh vibes.
Burgers & Beers Grillhouse – one for the family, kids will love the burgers and freakshakes.
Epicurean – smart cocktails and tapas to share, perfect for a grown up evening.
Ondine – probably the finest seafood restaurant in Scotland. We recommend the langoustines.
We enjoyed our stay at Adagio Aparthotel Royal Mile and felt it was ideal for the following occasions and scenarios;
– Budget city break with family
– People working in Edinburgh
– For somewhere to stay during the festival
– For couples/friends on a night out in Edinburgh who don’t want to get a taxi home
Adagio Aparthotel Edinburgh Royal Mile
Location: 231 Canongate
Price: Rooms start from £166 GBP, the price comes down for additional stays –‘The longer you stay, the less you pay’
Facilities: Kitchenette, double bedroom, wifi, small shop
Family Friendly: Yes
Selling Points: Great family apartment with all the facilities you need for a short or long stay.
Things To Know: Parking is restricted, ask at the desk for details.