The Radisson Blu hotel is situated on the historic Royal Mile, so called because of the approximately one mile distance from Edinburgh Castle at the top of the mile, to Holyrood Palace at the foot.
The Radisson Blu is at the heart of Edinburgh’s old town and within walking distance of Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, and the popular shopping areas of Princes Street and George Street.
The hotel boasts 238 rooms and suites offering conveniences such as room service and free wifi. There are two on-site restaurants, though you’re never far from great eateries in Edinburgh and we have suggested a few at the foot of this article.
Radisson Blu is 13km from the airport and is accessible by taxi or tram (£5.50 single, £8.50 return), there’s a 10 min walk from the tram drop off point, or alternatively you could grab a taxi to take you the rest of the short distance. Additional facilities at the hotel include the Melrose Spa and the health club with state of the art gymnasium, heated swimming pool, steam room and sauna.
I arrived early and had arranged a business meeting and some work to road test its suitability for business clients. I was pleased to find a sprawling area with plenty of places to sit within the bar and the lounge areas. I chose a little corner away from the hustle and bustle to set up office.
The chairs were really comfortable and the area had an almost atrium feel. I was able to order a range of refreshments from Itchycoo Bar and Restaurant which were brought over to me. The tea was loose leaf and served with some delicious shortbread. It was the perfect place to catch up on emails and have a meeting.
Our room was ready ahead of schedule so I was able to check in early at 1.30pm.
We enjoyed a view of Arthur’s Seat, which incidentally is easily climbable should you be moved to do so – the effort is all worth it when you reach the top and can enjoy panoramic views of the city.
We were treated to a good Scottish welcome (offering guests food and refreshment when they visit your home is a big part of Scottish culture) with a platter of Scottish favourites – Tunnocks Teacakes, Scottish Tablet, and Traditional Shortbread. This is rot your teeth territory, so pace yourself!
We had selected a Twin Room which had ample space and everything you need, including a seating and desk area. We had a widescreen TV and tea and coffee making facilities. The en suite was clean and modern with a bath and shower, plus complimentary toiletries.
The room had everything we needed and we had no complaints at all.
The Melrose Spa incorporates a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym and is located in the basement area of the building. I was surprised to find it was larger than I expected and more than what you need for a weekend break.
Treatments at the spa are delivered by Sleeping Beauty, an award winning beauty business with several salons around Scotland.
I was booked in for the Chocolate & Lime Spa Escape £60 (featured in the above video by Sleeping Beauty) which was the special offer at Radisson Blu Edinburgh during the period I visited. You can check the Sleeping Beauty website for the monthly offer during your visit.
Sleeping Beauty use a range of their own products for body treatments and Elemis for facials.
I really enjoyed the treatment and I thought it was really good value as treatments within hotels can come at a premium.
Breakfast at Radisson Blu Edinburgh is served in The Restaurant. They have recently won an award for Best Breakfast in Scotland so I was keen to try it out for myself.
The Restaurant is striking with a huge mural of Edinburgh. After being seated we were offered an A La Carte menu and directed to the breakfast buffet which is neatly housed in an adjoining room. I did appreciate this separation as it meant when you returned to the dining area you could relax away from the hustle and bustle a buffet attracts. Presumably in the evening they can close the door on this too, which means less setting up each evening for staff (I have been a waitress myself so appreciate the challenges they face!)
We both opted for the breakfast buffet which included everything you could want really; cereal, fruit, yoghurt, cold meats, cheese, salmon, pastries, and all the ingredients for a good Scottish breakfast including ‘tattie scone‘ and haggis. All tastes are catered for and each morning you could treat yourself to a three course breakfast fit for a king – and seeing as you’re so near a castle, it seems apt to do so!
Bars and Restaurants within walking distance of Radisson Blu Edinburgh
Monteiths – good for steak and smart food in intimate surroundings
Wedgwood – enjoy a great value tasting menu and fine dining at Wedgwood
Bubba Q – bbq fans will enjoy the slow cooked meats at Bubba Q’s
Afternoon Tea at The Tower – enjoy afternoon tea in Edinburgh with a view of Edinburgh Castle
Ondine – often cited as the best seafood restaurant in Edinburgh, head to Ondine to enjoy some fantastic Scottish langoustines.
Burgers & Beers Grillhouse – as the name suggests, you can enjoy burgers and beers right on the mile at Burgers & Beers Grillhouse. We also recommend the chicken wings and freakshakes
Mussel and Steak Bar Enjoy steak and seafood just at the foot of Victoria Street in the Grassmarket area.
Most of the centre of the city is in extended walking distance – you’re no more than twenty minutes from George Street where you will find shopping and more restaurants and bars.
Radisson Blu Edinburgh
Location: 80 High Street, The Royal Mile
Rating Four Star
Price: A standard room at the Radisson Blu Edinburgh starts at £125, a superior room from £155, business room from £160 and a junior suite costing from £190, all prices are per room and inclusive of bed and breakfast.
Facilities: Spa, Wifi, Gym, Restaurants, Bar, Room Service
Family Friendly: Yes
Selling Points: Central location in the heart of the Old Town
Things To Know: Modern building, so if you want character you might choose another option
Booking Info: For more information or to book please visit Radisson Blu Edinburgh Website or telephone 0131 557 9797. Radisson Blu Edinburgh, 80 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH.