Finding the perfect hotel is a priority whenever I travel since it is important to find a comfortable home-base when exploring a new city. In the past, we had always opted to stay at the bigger hotel chains like Hilton or Starwood because of our status. Since that status has now mostly expired, we want to try other options like AirBnB and boutique hotels. While in Edinburgh, we decided to stay at the Tigerlily Edinburgh, an award-winning luxury boutique hotel. One of the things that drew me to Tigerlily in the first place was their eclectic design. The lounge and bar areas are decorated like the set of a Tim Burton movie – full of pink hues, mirrored walls, extravagant chandeliers, and flowers everywhere.
Edinburgh’s most talked-about boutique hotel is conveniently located on the posh George street near Charlotte Square, a short 5 –10 minute walk from all the major tourists attractions like Scott Monument, Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. This was important because we planned to fit in a lot of sightseeing while there. The area is also full of stylish cocktail bars, smart restaurants, and upscale shops – making other entertainment easily accessible.
After getting off of a red-eye flight from New York, we headed straight for the hotel hoping that we could check in earlier and freshen up, but since the hotel was fully booked, we had to wait until our room was ready. The 3 pm check in time is a slight drawback, but luckily the staff was very accommodating and offered to hold our luggage while we explored the town. They even took down our number and offered to call us when the room was ready.
We spent 3 delightful nights in the Black Room – our home away from home. The suite, located on the top floor of the building was surprisingly spacious, especially by European standards. Inside was an effortless mix of contemporary style blended with the original Georgian features of the building with a hefty side of quirkiness added in. One of the first things you’ll notice is that the room is painted completely black, hence the name. Even the artwork and toilet paper was black! Each room in the hotel is uniquely designed and no two are the same.
The room is very well appointed with a luxurious king sized bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, comfy couches, and a massive shower. My favorite features were the wicker chair that hung from the ceiling and the working gas fireplace! Who wouldn’t want to come home to a cozy fireplace after walking around all day?
After a long day of exploring the city, it was divine to come back to this comfortable oasis. I was able to take a long hot shower to wash away the tiredness of the day. The water pressure was great, which is one of the things I love but do not always find on our travels. Afterwards, I wrapped myself up in a fluffy white robe and sat in front of the fireplace and relaxed with a hot cup of tea.
On top of the usual amenities, I appreciated the attention to detail that made the visit much more comfortable. Our rooms are always replenished with fruits and organic cookies, a perfect snack when you’re out exploring the city. On top of the usual hair driers, they also provide a hair straightener, which is a nice touch since I tend to forget to pack mine. Other thoughtful touches include blackout curtains and large umbrella in the room in case it rains (let’s face it, you’re in Edinburgh and most likely it’ll rain at least once while you’re there). The room also comes with free WiFi, which is something that is always useful.
Another thing that I absolutely loved about our stay at Tigerlily was that you get complimentary breakfast at no extra charge. You can either have the breakfast downstairs or request to have it sent up to your room. We had breakfast in bed every morning while we planned out our day. The large selection of breakfast dishes not only taste great, but they also look so pretty! Our go-to breakfast was French toast with Greek yoghurt and berries and the avo-toast. On the last day, I even tried the black pudding and found myself really liking it!
Even though Tigerlily is a trendy hotel, it’s also well known around Edinburgh’s party scene for its hip bar and restaurant. On the weekend, the lounge was packed full of stylish people enjoying the dance music. If you want a seat, you’ll have to make sure to show up early. On our last night, we were lucky to find a table and had a few drinks. The extensive menu has a list of over 100 cocktails, each one sounds more delicious than the last. The best part was that the cocktails only cost 8 GBP! You can’t even get a cocktail in a dive bar for 10 dollars in New York.
After 3 blissful days, it was hard to say goodbye to this place, especially the people. Everyone at the hotel was friendly and accommodating. From check-in to special requests, they were more than happy to help in anyway they could. The staff was always eager to answer our questions and offer their suggestions. It was nice to come home and be greeted with smiles each time. This chic hotel was without a doubt, our favorite place to stay on our trip to Scotland. We have been gushing about it to friends and family ever since we got back.
Disclaimer: I was welcomed as a guest of Tigerlily Edinburgh. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.