An Overnight Stay in Point A Hotel in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is not short of a hotel or two but there is sadly too much of a divide between budget and boutique. Point A Hotel in Edinburgh fits rather nicely in between; a hotel designed to bring a little luxury at a little cost.
There are two room options: comfy or cosy. We stayed in the latter, still with plenty of room to move about. If you are planning a long term stay then the space for luggage etc is limited. However, if you remain as organised as possible and make sure you find a place for everything, then staying for beyond a few days wouldn't be a problem.
So the room may be slightly tight for space. It makes that up for it by everything else it offers. You will find everything you would expect from a room that costs £100+ more per night; exquisite lighting - controlled by a button, a huge widescreen TV, a deliciously comfortable bed and stunning bathroom with large immaculate shower.
The entrance to the room is controlled by secure card and even that experience is nothing short of fancy. The corridors are cool and quiet; you really could be in any high starred modern hotel.
Moving downstairs, the reception leads to a beautifully stylish bar and eating area. The decor was clearly expensive; the attention to detail was second to none. With cosy fires in a cool setting, there are contradictions everywhere but what more would you expect from a cheap hotel that is anything but?
The evening bar serves as a breakfast place in the morning and as expected everything was cool and effortless. Delicious yoghurts with banana and honey were served in chic little milk bottles, pastries and sweet treats were to die for and even the plates and mugs used to served looked expensive. It shows that luxury doesn't have to cost the earth.
Whilst the hotel itself was impressive, quiet and comfortable, what was even more so was the speech given by the hotel group's CEO Naushad Jivraj. He stressed the importance of a people first business referring to each and every member of staff working for him. He praised them for their hard work and achievements in the opening of such a wonderful place and thanked them personally. Jivraj was clear that his business revolved around the people and how much that meant to them.
It was a breath of fresh air. This hotel may be owned by a huge company, but it is not faceless. It genuinely cares about the wellbeing of its staff and it is clear that that can achieve marvelous results.
It goes without saying the reception, bar and room staff were incredible. Their helpfulness, friendliness and politeness was testament to their investment.
This is a gorgeous hotel at a budget price right in the heart of the city. It has everything a tourist needs, but also suits commuters and even locals looking for a relaxing night away. I am under no illusion the hotel will fill up quickly. Budget boutique was the thing I didn't know I needed and now can't do without.
With thanks to Point A Hotels and Koozai for the invite to the launch party and overnight stay for two.
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