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Room service is usually a solitary affair for us—either we don't know anyone in the city to go out to dinner with, or we're just feeling a bit low-key and prefer an in-room meal in front of the TV to going out and talking to people.
But the newly opened Hotel Indigo Edinburgh is the first place we've heard of to let guests have it both ways. In other words, you get the comfort of eating in your own room and the added bonus of a live comedian, who shows up with your meal and does a 10-minute stand-up act right in front of you. Yes, the potential for awkwardness is pretty high, but we'll let that go, for the sake of sheer novelty. The setup is by nature a little ridiculous, but since hotel rooms are often ripe subjects for joke-making, there's bound to be at least a few laughs in there.
The Hotel Indigo Edinburgh is set for an April 14 opening with just 60 rooms set inside an early 1800 historic building which has preserved many of the original features such as decorative interior staircases and a unique cupola.
The Indigo brand's room standards of free WiFi, hardwood floors and spa-style bathrooms are in place, as well as vibrant decor (we're liking the orange) but one thing does appear to be missing--the photography wallpaper. But perhaps it's just this room shown on the hotel's website.
Downstairs, guests can dine and drink at the Turquoise Thistle, the hotel's all-day dining restaurant and cocktail lounge which will serve "classic and modern Scottish dishes with a contemporary twist, using a predominance of locally sourced produce."
Best of all, the price is oh so very right here. We found a non-smoking room for an "Ace Opening Rate" of just £109 a night. That includes complimentary breakfast, VAT and a late check-out. Full payment is required at booking but never fear, regular room rates are the same amount as well.
It seems like we're all becoming so huggy and friendly that we all want to sleep in the same hotel room: and so some hotels are starting to provide something that seems like a backwards step to a youth hostel, but is actually filling a need: rooms that sleep up to eight people.
The latest "big room" can be found in Edinburgh's Osbourne Hotel, and they're claiming their 4.5 by 5 meter room as "the world's biggest hotel room".
Apparently the trend towards family and group travel, particularly strong in Europe with the surge in budget airlines, means hotels are more often getting requests for big rooms rather than interconnected ones. Hotel staff say guests arrive in packs "for a weekend of fun and mayhem", especially for stag and hens' nights. Party on! The reviews of the Osbourne, however, are pretty mixed, so if you don't really need the world's biggest hotel room then perhaps your pick in Edinburgh should be the hallowed room where Harry Potter reached his end.
· Osbourne Hotel Edinburgh reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Harry Potter's End at Luxury Hotel [HotelChatter]