When I was contacted by the PR Rep for the Marriott and asked if I wanted to fly to Edinburgh to attend the GRAND OPENING of Courtyard by Marriott. I quickly checked my calendar to see if I could fit it in and said a big YES PLEASE, sign me up!
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
I mean who would say ‘no sorry, I can’t make it? You get treated like a VIP (a lifestyle I can easily get used to), sip champagne, eat some amazing food and mingle with like-minded people. Whilst at the same time stay in a beautiful hotel, in a city filled with lots of intriguing history.
After our interesting and somewhat scary flight through storm Doris, I arrived safely in Edinburgh. From the moment we walked through the hotel door, the staff and Douglas (the manager) were warm, friendly and happy to help. As I waited for my room key, I noticed all the people happily preparing for the big night.
Staff were arranging the champagne glasses, the DJ was setting up his equipment and furniture was been polished and moved about. The relaxed atmosphere was putting me in a very good mood.
I got my key and rushed off to my room quickly to freshen up and drop off my bag before lunch. From the corner of my eye, I notice a little sign on the desk ‘Look in the fridge’. Without any hesitation, I opened the fridge there waiting for me was a bottle of prosecco and a cold champagne glass with sweet schnapps. I thought to myself what a nice personal touch. I decided to quickly pour it and have a sip to warm me up for the afternoon activities.
A day in Edinburgh
We left the hotel and headed out for lunch at Devils Advocate, to get to know each other better and to do what we do best, eat, drink and talk about TRAVEL. We finished up our lunch and then went on a tour around the beautiful city of Edinburgh, to learn the history and culture with a local Scotsman in his traditional kilt.
The launch party
It was 5 pm and we were rushing back to the hotel so we could get ready for the grand opening. I finished off my prosecco from earlier and headed out to meet and mingle with the other guests and VIP’s in the Lantern Room. I had a little wander around taking in the atmosphere before popping out to the heated terrace to chat with the others from lunch.
We continued on our conversation about travel but this time, we were joined by other guests from the event. With the champagne flowing, the light show on above us and the DJ playing, the hotel was buzzing with an electric vibe.
The Morning after
The next thing I knew I was waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed and a little sad that the evening had gone so fast. I jumped out of bed and decided to go for a wander around the hotel to learn a little bit more before my flight home. I was informed by the manager on duty that the hotel decor like the lighthouse light fittings and the images in the bedrooms of technical drawings and maps were based on a famous Scottish engineer Robert Stevenson.
The grandfather of ‘Treasure Island’ author Robert Louis Stevenson. He had once lived in one of the Georgian townhouses that had been joined together to create the hotel. I love history so this little piece of information was right up my alley.
After that, it was time to head home. I said my goodbyes to my new friends and headed off for my flight. I was sad that it was all over but happy because I had now made some new great friends and had a great experience.
Located 5 minutes’ walk from Princes Street and in the heart of Edinburgh’s shopping and entertainment area, the new Courtyard by Marriott, is in a prime position for business or pleasure. It is a new edition to the hotel chain, combining heritage, contemporary style with innovative design.
The hotel extends through three historical Georgian townhouses and an additional new building at the rear connected by a glassed walkway. At the front of the hotel is a lovely modern outdoor terrace, complete with heaters and blanket to keep you warm during those cold nights.
There are a totally of 240 rooms beautifully decorated with some offering views of Carlton hill (which I had) and the city. You can really appreciate the attention to detail in the rooms and the personal touches like all the different ‘Do not disturb’ signs on the doors.
You might be wondering how I know this but when I got up early the next day, there were a lot of signs on doors. As I walked past, I noticed that they all said different things.
The Lantern Room
Situated inside the hotel is The Lantern Room, a Bar and Restaurant which offers fresh local produce and I hear some amazing cocktails. This is an ideal place for after work drinks or after a long day exploring and you don’t want to leave your hotel.
About the Room
My bedroom and bathroom were modern and had been designed to maximise space. It had good quality amenities, such as coffee/tea services, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and mini-refrigerator. The flat screen TV was quite big and had a selection of in-room entertainment, everything you need for your home away from home.
The King sized bed was really comfortable too and I could have easily stayed in it all day, looking out at the views from my window of Calton Hill.
The room also had Free-Wifi that worked really well, a working desk and lots of power outlets. This is always a bonus especially when you are travelling.
There were other amenities like a Business area, gym and meeting rooms to use, as well as a convenience store area, in case you had the munchies or you just want a snack without stepping out of the hotel. However, as I was only there for a night, I did not have time to use any of these other services.
How to get there & Location:
Situated near the Edinburgh Playhouse and in walking distance to all the main attractions in Edinburgh. The Courtyard by Marriott is in a prime position for getting around the city via foot. And if you didn’t want to walk too far there are also lots of restaurants and pubs around the hotel too.
There are three main ways to arrive in Edinburgh if you are not driving. You can fly to the international airport, take a train or catch a bus, which is centrally located.
We were flown by FlyBe from City Airport (one of my favourite airports) to Edinburgh which is around 50mins direct. Then it was just a simple cab ride to the Courtyard by Marriott that was only 15minutes away.
Where we ate: Devils Advocate
Devils Advocate is a trendy bar and kitchen, located in an alleyway in the historical Old town of Edinburgh. It has a large range of Whiskey’s from around the world to choose from, as well as a large selection of wines and beers.
Cocktails are mostly whisky based and reasonably priced with most of them being around £9 each. There was one cocktail though that was a whopping £400 a glass. I thought it was a typo in the menu, so I asked the waiter and he informed me it was correct.
The food was clean, fresh and full of flavour. I had the Beetroot & lime cured salmon ballotine, horseradish, cucumber and crème fraiche tartar for a starter and the steak for my main.
Head up Carlton hill to not only get panoramic views across Edinburgh but to also see the collection of historic monuments, that form some of the most important landmarks of the city.
Pop into the Theatre Royal Bar for a drink if you have time, as it is right next door to the hotel
If you are going to Edinburgh to attend a show at the Historic Edinburgh Playhouse, the Courtyard by Marriott is a great place to stay as it is within 2-minute walking distance.
Use the mobile check-in service before you arrive, so everything is ready when you get there.
Would I recommend it?
There are 3 main things I look for in a hotel especially when I go away for a weekend. Strong FREE WIFI that I can get in my room, centrally located (or near transport) and a comfortable bed and warm shower for after my long days walking around exploring. Courtyard by Marriott hotel definitely ticks all these boxes and more.
I know the Courtyard by Marriott is a new hotel and I know I was there as a guest but it really is a perfect fit for anyone travelling to Edinburgh and want something centrally.
Price Range: Medium/High
Wifi: Yes and it is strong in the rooms
Breakfast: At an additional cost, you can have a hot buffet breakfast
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Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by the Courtyard by Marriott All views are my own and based on my own experience.