Sitting pretty on the iconic Royal Mile, the Adagio Aparthotel couldn’t be more ideally located for exploring Edinburgh’s many cultural gems. Boasting 146 furnished modern apartments complete with fully-furnished kitchen, it makes for a convenient base to explore the city and a more homely retreat once the day is done.
Just 10 minutes from Waverley Station, the Adagio is surrounded by some cracking pubs, bars, restaurants, shops and historic landmarks (Edinburgh Castle is 5 mins on foot), allowing you to step straight into the action. Check-in was friendly and remarkably swift, with our key cards handed over in under a minute.
The lobby and lounge area off reception are sleek and contemporary, with some excellent touches such as table football and a stylish chill-out area complete with bold colour tones and plush sofas. This place has character. The Accor-owned aparthotel also has some impressive eco-credentials, including the use of unbleached bed linen and towels and several recycling zones.
There’s also a gym should you find time for a workout during your stay. Our twin room was fresh bright and airy, with ultra-cosy beds, a large wall-mounted TV generously sized bathroom and all the mod-cons. The kitchen includes an Nespresso coffee machine, fridge, freezer, microwave and cooking facilities. The welcome gourmet fudge, water and Irn Bru (yes, this drink is still as popular as ever) were also a nice touch.
It’s worth mentioning that whilst there are countless places to eat and drink on your doorstep, as with any major tourist destination, research is key and it’s well worth asking locals for tips. Prior to check-in, we enjoyed lunch at the awesome Makar’s Mash Bar, which had been highly recommended by Top Jaw and it did not disappoint.
Winner of Tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice Award 5 years running as well as the number one UK restaurant for everyday eats, Makar’s is well worth booking in advance. We loved the Slow Cooked Beef Shoulder, Lion’s Mane Mushrooms and of course, the moreish Creamed Horseradish Mash.
After a big night on the town hitting some of Edinburgh’s best bars (Devil’s Advocate is a must, Frankenstein not so much), we enjoyed a restful night’s sleep in our comfy room. The ground floor dining area serves up a solid continental breakfast, with the option of a made-to-order full English.
As we had lunch booked in at the nearby restaurant, we went continental, enjoying some rather delicious pastries and coffee before checking out.
With apartments available for as little as £85 a night, the Adagio makes for an excellent alternative to the many similarly priced budget hotels. With more facilities and the heart of Scotland’s capital on your doorstep, it’s an affordable spot with plenty of personality.