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Our own JetSetCD made a special detour to Edinburgh on her UK travels at the start of 2010 specifically to spend the night at this hotel. Here's what she thought:
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Between the scotch sipping and nighttime ghosts and ghouls tours in Edinburgh last week, we holed up at the stylish Hotel Missoni, right in the heart of the Royal Mile.
Since we’ve already brought you an inside look at the fabulous guest rooms and the swinging lobby and bar, this time we found the coolest kilted doorman at the hotel and asked him to to make a video for our regular Pitch Your Hotel series.
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Where can we score a Missoni kilt for ourselves? Oh yes, perhaps at the almost-open Hotel Missoni Edinburgh! This first entry into what will be a series of Missoni HotelsKuwait's coming in fallis prepping their Italian espresso machines and straightening out the creases in the striped bedsheets with only a few days until their June 8 opening to guests.
This past weekend however, the Missoni family themselves stopped in to survey how their fashion brand has translated into a physical hotel property. As you can see in the picture above, Scottish hospitality showed in spades as the family was welcomed by Missoni kilt-wearing waiters from the Cucina Missoni restaurant as well as a traditional bagpipe player.
Rooms for this month are looking quite within range as well$283 for a regular room, or $386 for deluxe room with breakfast. If you aren't anywhere near Scotland this summer, you can bet that all the big glossy interior design publications will be flashbulbing the heck out of the hotel later this month. After all, it's Missoni from top to bottom and that means reconciling crazy patterns and colors with the desire to create the restful environment of a hotel.
[Photo: Hotel Missoni Edinburgh]
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Search the back of your closet for that Missoni piece you totally splurged on at a sale last year, because the first Missoni Hotels property is on the brink of throwing open its brightly-patterned doors in Edinburgh, Scotland.
It'll be all the colors and patterns your weary tourist eyes can handle in June, when the hotel opens and we finally get to see more than renderings of what looks to be a vibrant Italian fashion fantasyland plopped into Scotland.
The opening itself will be quite an imported spectacle, with Rosita Missoni herself cutting the ribbon to the 136-room property on the Scottish capital's historic Royal Mile. Not to mention that some of the furnishings are from her own home, and a majority of the rest are previews of the latest Missoni home lines, debuting at the hotel first.
So what's the nightly damage to your credit card for a room alone? A reasonable $268, considering that includes WiFi, laundering of 2 items of clothing, premium movies and a newspaper in the world's newest fashion hotel. Add another $22 if you'd like a Missoni breakfast delivered to your Missoni linen-otfitted bed. Here's hoping that even the room service features Missoni-branded toast and pats of butter.
[Photo: Hotel Missoni]