Insider’s View: InterContinental Edinburgh The George

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A recent 2-night stay at the InterContinental Edinburgh The George was one of the nicest stays this year in the UK.

We arrived around 10.30 and were greeted by Antonio the FOH supervisor who was exceptionally helpful and friendly. He informed us that we had a nice upgrade, but the room was not ready instead of having to ask for a holding room, Antonio offered this straight away.

A first for me as I can’t remember the last time this happened, and I’ve been an RA for 14 years and an IHG member for 17 years. The holding room was a basic room but as my wife needed to work it was very welcome.

I however went to the gym which is a little tricky to find depending on which side of the hotel you are staying in as you have to go to certain floors and then get a lift to the basement but you are going to the gym so you can’t really complain about the distance. The gym is small but well equipped with the exception of free weights which stop at 10Kg a personal preference, there are plenty of water and towels for your workout.

The room was ready around 1.30 pm so we moved over to our new room. This was a small suite with a lounge area and a comfy sofa. When we arrived there was a bottle of champagne and a cocktail mix waiting in the room which was not expected but so very welcome as there is no club lounge yet but it’s due to open imminently.

What I liked about the room was the high windows which gave a lot of privacy as we were facing onto the many streets and a previous visit we had a suite with big windows that I found quite noisy as the hotel is opposite a club and a few bars which close at 3 am so light sleepers might request a different room. I did hear the noise in this room, but it was not something that woke despite the small, high window the room was still very light, and the natural light was very good.

The bathroom had both a shower and bathtub which was very large and as I’m 6’3’ was still able to relax in the tub very easily. A well-designed space one small drawback is the step into the bathroom which caught me out a few times but had nothing to do with the complimentary champagne 😊

We did spend some time in the room, and it was very nice to sit and have a drink on the sofa and there’s a big TV on the wall should you wish to watch TV.

room InterContinental Edinburgh The George
My Room InterContinental Edinburgh The George

The breakfast was very good but it was very busy and we did have to wait to get a table. The first morning it took around 20 minutes to get the hot breakfast and the bacon was inedible but there were fresh rashers on the counter. Also, the tatty scone was rock-hard. On the second day the haggis, sausage, and beans were missing but just ask and it was brought out.

Things like this don’t spoil my stay but the attention to detail was not there and at Over £300+ this should really be better. All in all, we very much enjoyed the stay and Antonio was so very charming and engaging every time we saw him, he asked how we were and how the stay was. I now looking to book a stay in early sept for around 4 days to enjoy the hotel a lot more.

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