I don't often stay in super luxurious hotels. In fact, I can remember staying in what seemed like someone's house in Florence (with the person, it was so not an Air B&B). The room was dark and scary, and if you sat on the toilet in the bathroom your knees hit the opposite wall. I would consider it my lowest hotel moment.
Tigerlily hotel in Edinburgh probably rates high in my hotel experiences. It had a great vibe, was totally beautiful and was in a great location for the shops. Perfect for me. I stumbled across it whilst looking for hotels for the night on Secret Escapes. To book the room, with breakfast included, cost us around £95 each. Normally, this would be way too expensive for me, but the little overnight stay was meant to be a pre-Christmas treat. I'd had so many good experiences with Secret Escapes it just seemed like a perfect idea.
On our arrival, we were shown to a room on the first floor. It was huge! Normally, Id expect a couple of beds crammed in a corner, a tiny TV and a bathroom with a shower that looks dirtier than me. But this room (or suite if we're being technical) was beautiful. A massive TV faced massive twin beds, which backed on to a wall which had a massive (clean) bathroom on the other side. Massive. And there were White Company products in the bathroom! If I didn't have shopping to do I would have gone to Edinburgh and just stayed in the hotel, drinking the champagne from the minibar. I'd be bankrupt by now.
After a successful day shopping, we decided to end our night in the bar. Possibly one of the most beautiful hotel bars I've ever been to. And...it stayed open until the last resident left. We had a few delicious drinks, As a fan of refreshing and not too fruity drinks, I loved the Fintonic. All the fresh grapefruit made me feel great! Any party animals had the choice to go to Lulu's, the club downstairs which was open till 3am. After such a long day though, I was so ready for bed. Disappointing.
Breakfast at Tigerlily is definitely notable. Picture every hotel breakfast you've had that has been included in the price of the room. Uninspiring, right? To me, It's always a buffet style, with congealed bacon, self serve toast and rubbish drinks. At Tigerlily? We were presented with a menu which could give other hotels a lesson. Everything from a full Scottish breakfast to eggs Benedict was available, with any drink you could ask for, made fresh for every person. I ate mine before I could take a photo. That's how good it was. Sorry.
The only downsides of Tigerlily? To be honest, it was quite noisy. I went to bed around 1am, and lay there wishing I had gone to Lulu's, because I'd as well have been. The noise though.
Also, once I had actually gotten o sleep, the builders decided 8am was a good time to chuck stuff from the top of the building. Sigh. All in all, we had about 6 hours of sleep. And I'd still stay there again!