Planning to spend Hogmanay in Edinburgh? Mark the close of 2012 in style at the city’s only fashion-led design hotel. Hotel Missoni marks its third year in the city from its home near the Royal Mile. I was lucky enough to visit the debut property from the iconic Italian fashion label to find out just what makes it so special.
Before visiting Missoni I wondered if, like some design hotels, it would be so full of overwhelming grandeur that it would feel uncomfortable. Fortunately I’m happy to report this wasn’t the case, in fact quite the opposite. The service at Missoni is so good that you can’t help but relax.
It’s hard to miss the enormous urns framing the hotel’s entrance. These aren’t just token space fillers, they are floor to ceiling patterned sculptures that herald the carefully considered design-led decor found throughout the property. Further exploration reveals colourful wall colours, geometric patterns and zig- zagged soft furnishings. Creative Director Rossita Missoni has cleverly brought together bold colours, subtly merging bright purples and blues with a monochrome palette. The result could be overpowering but instead the hotel exudes style and is a refreshing change from the magnolia norm. Quite simply it’s a feast for the eyes.
Speaking of feasts, a highlight of the hotel is its beautiful restaurant ‘Cucina’. It offers pre-theatre, lunch and á la carte meals plus an extensive wine selection. This year a New Years Eve dinner will be served in the restaurant from 6pm and costs £90 per person. A favourite foodie indulgence at the hotel is afternoon tea served in the hotel’s Bar Missoni from £20.50 per person daily. Whilst in the bar why not try ‘Neve’, a delicious festive cocktail with Ketel One Vodka and Limoncello chilled with a ball of homemade lemon sorbet and finished with Prosecco. Delicious.
All the usual room amenities we expect from luxury hotels are available here – espresso machines, complimentary Wi-Fi, iPod’s and docking stations, 26” LCD televisions. A few added touches add to the experience – a complimentary ‘healthy minibar’, 50 free on-demand films and 2 items of in-house laundry. Each one of the 136 bedrooms and suites is kitted out with Missoni bathrobes and slippers, Missoni Home sheets and bathroom products scented with Missoni fragrance.
During my visit I sampled the spa facilities and was not disappointed. The hotel has no swimming pool which could be a disadvantage but after an hour in the spa I’d forgotten about the lack of wet facilities entirely. The spa is small but perfectly formed and plays to its strengths by offering luxury skincare treatments from two cosy rooms. I chose the Natura Bisse ‘Rapid Recovery Facial’ (60 mins – £80) which promised to hydrate my Winter worn skin. I hadn’t heard of Natura Bisse skincare before but their gentle natural ingredients smelt amazing and appealed to my sensitive skin.
This facial is ideal for a post- Christmas / pre-2013 lift. After the treatment my skin was soft, plumped, glowing and restored thanks to my therapist Zoe’s healing hands. I’ll even admit that whilst relaxing in the chill out area post-treatment, with cucumber-flavoured water in hand, I was very close to falling asleep. No better recommendation than that.
A Hogmanay visit to Hotel Missoni costs £370 per person and includes 2 nights bed and breakfast, dinner in Cucina on New Years Eve, a bottle of Prosecco on arrival, access to Bar Missoni and 2 street party tickets. Visit Hotel Missoni for more information.