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Stylish Comfort in Edinburgh's Old Town

Newspaper article International New York Times

Stylish Comfort in Edinburgh's Old Town

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The Motel One combines Arne Jacobsen egg chairs with communal breakfast tables made of whisky barrel staves.

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Based in Munich, the high-design, low- budget chain Motel One has 50 outposts in cities like Berlin, Vienna and Brussels. It opened the 208-room Edinburgh-Royal property in December 2012 after joining two buildings, one from the 16th century and one from the 18th. The lobby's drop-ball chandeliers and Arco floor lamps add panache, while plaid Arne Jacobsen egg chairs and communal breakfast tables made of whisky barrel staves lend it a cozy Scottish authenticity. Unlike similar brands (25 Hours, Ace), Motel One (Edinburgh-Royal, 18-21 Market Street) emphasizes comfort over scene, attracting an older traveler. Rooms are from Pounds 69, or $118.

Location In the medieval Old Town overlooking Princess Street Gardens and within a three-minute walk of the airport bus depot and Waverly train station. It's ideal for day-trippers exploring Edinburgh's lively pubs and Royal Mile sites like the Scottish National Gallery and Edinburgh Castle.

The Room My seventh-floor compact room was big enough for a tidy couple or one messy unpacker, like me. A wall-mounted TV played an aquarium and ambient music loop, which made the room feel tranquil and luxurious. The ambience continued with a chocolate carpet and picture windows, with turquoise blackout curtains that opened fully to let in fresh air or admire the views. The air-conditioning worked well, and, with windows closed, the room was dead quiet.

The Bathroom The bathroom was small but functional, with two door hooks and a towel rack under a black granite counter. An oversize sink, black wall tiles and a rain-shower head looked stylish, but the plastic-floored shower lacked proper water pressure and ventilation. Two plush white towels and organic lemon shower gel were provided, but not bar soap or Q-tips. …

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