Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Travel: Venue Is the Capital of Cool; the Bar at the Tigerlily Hotel in Edinburgh Played Host to Newcastle United's Christmas Shingdig. JENNIFER BRADBURY Checks in to Find out Why Everyone's Talking about This Hip Joint

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Travel: Venue Is the Capital of Cool; the Bar at the Tigerlily Hotel in Edinburgh Played Host to Newcastle United's Christmas Shingdig. JENNIFER BRADBURY Checks in to Find out Why Everyone's Talking about This Hip Joint

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Byline: JENNIFER BRADBURY

EDINBURGH is just a hop and a skip from Newcastle. From Newcastle Central Station it's just over an hour to the Scottish capital by National Express trains.

Which is just as well, as we had just one evening and one day to take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful city.

Our base for the weekend was the awardwinning boutique hotel Tigerlily, which is fast putting its name on the international map.

Recently it received the ultimate accolade after being named one of the world's 65 coolest new hotels by Conde Nast Traveller magazine.

Tigerlily was the only Scottish hotel to feature in the publication's prestigious Hot Hotel List for 2007 - and one of only six in the UK.

And you can see why. A short walk from Waverley Station, and lying parallel with Princess Street, this chic hotel is perfectly situated for exploring this historic and extremely cosmopolitan city.

We arrived at the hotel, which is on the very grand George Street, just before teatime. At first, we were confused. It doesn't feel like a hotel when you first go in. The reception area is tiny, lodged between the bar at the front and the large bar and restaurant at the rear.

Both are immensely popular with locals and tourists, so instead of the quiet bar you usually associate with hotels, this place is heaving.

Anyway, the staff were lovely and after checking in we headed for our fabulous room, with everything in it you could desire.

En-suite bath and shower, flat-screen TV, DVD, wonderful chic decor, extremely comfy beds, plenty of wardrobe space and on and on and on.

Classy toiletries by The White Company are in the bathroom and there's even some GHD straightening irons in the drawer. It's got to be said this hotel is very girly. Flick the switch in the bedroom and little pink neon lights come to life around the window - now that is cool.

This is a place where Georgian elegance meets 21st Century opulence, especially in the lavish bar area downstairs, where there's crystals in the walls and a giant disco ball.

Then tucked underneath the bar is latenight destination Lulu. You never know, you might bump into the odd footballer! …

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