A luxury stay at the boutique Indigo Hotel in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Hotel Indigo is a modern boutique hotel centrally located just a few steps from Waverley Station, the Royal Mile, and Princes Street. Individually designed rooms reflect the culture and history of this ancient capital city while the common spaces allow guests to immerse themselves in traditional Scottish revelry. During a recent visit to Edinburgh, Scotland, I stayed at the Hotel Indigo for a few nights.

Location of the Hotel Indigo

The Hotel Indigo, an IHG hotel, is locally owned, and is located in York Place. It is perfectly situated for both business and leisure travellers. There is a tram stop just outside of the hotel with direct access to the airport. Close to Waverley Station, Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, the bustling New Town, and the port town of Leith, the hotel is ideal for anyone visiting Edinburgh, Scotland.

reception area


The Hotel Indigo is set within a series of five traditional Georgian townhouses. Each of the 60 rooms are individually designed to complement and preserve the architecture while paying homage to the vibrant culture of Edinburgh. Rooms feature stories of the city, highlighting experiences and traditions like the Festival Fringe, Tattoo, and more. Many of the original features in the homes, like cupolas and decorative staircases, remain and are visible to guests. The artwork in the hotel, including in the Turquoise Thistle Restaurant, Bar, and Lounge, is modern and bright. The painting of Arthur’s Seat, a local Edinburgh landmark, was especially painted for the hotel by a University of Edinburgh student.

Hotel Indigo offers four different room categories, from the entry-level doubles to the king junior suites, and a series of accessible rooms as well. Rooms are spacious and bright, with pops of colour in the soft furnishings. My king-bedded room featured dormer windows and a casual seating area under the window, a work desk, and a compact bureau with flat screen television. Upon arriving, I found a beautiful fruit and chocolate tray welcoming me to the hotel.

While many regular guests have their particular favourites, you are sure to find a room you love at this chic, modern hotel.

Amenities at the Hotel Indigo

Rooms come equipped with wifi, flat screen LCD television, wide desk with plenty of workspace, laptop safe, and a cordless phone. There are complimentary water and snacks in the mini fridge, Aveda toiletries in the bathroom, plush bathrobes and towels, and a luxurious rain shower.

The staff was truly friendly and helpful; I had an issue with my travel adaptor and they were very quick to help me find another one. They’re also incredibly knowledgeable about their city and are able to suggest sightseeing or attraction visits.

Dining Options at the Hotel Indigo

The Hotel Indigo’s on-site restaurant is the Turquoise Thistle. The drinks menu features a wide array of local Scottish beers, whiskies, and cocktails, while the food menu incorporates a number of traditional Scottish dishes. As much as possible, they use fresh, sustainable, and local ingredients. The menu lists where various items come from, from the Shetland farmed salmon to the sausages from Crombies, just down the road.

The bar

Breakfast was exceptional. Hotel Indigo and the Turquoise Thistle offer a “breakfast table” where they serve prepared dishes like cured meats, cheeses, and breads, as well as cereals, jams, pastries, and fresh fruit. Guests can prepare their own Virgin Mary, or ask for a Bloody Mary, mimosa, or other cocktail. In addition to these ample options, they offer hot, made to order dishes like Eggs Benedict, Scotch Pancakes, or Eggs to Order, among others.

Why You Should Stay at Hotel Indigo

I very much enjoyed my stay at Edinburgh’s Hotel Indigo. The location was perfect for me, as its very accessible to both the tram line and main train station, the Old Town and the New Town, and many attractions of Edinburgh. I definitely recommend the Hotel Indigo during your next visit to Scotland’s capital city!

For more information:

Hotel Indigo

51-59 York Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3JD, UK

Phone: +44 131 556 5577


I was a guest at Indigo Hotel but as always opinions are my own.

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