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The W Edinburgh hotel is finally taking bookings

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After a long period of construction and pandemic related delays, as well as criticism of its, ahem, poo-shaped design on the Edinburgh skyline, the W Edinburgh hotel is finally taking bookings ahead of a November launch.

Set in the new St James Quarter, the hotel will offer 199 rooms and 45 suites, many with outdoor terraces.

W Edinburgh hotel rooftop

The top floors will include a W Lounge, a branch of SUSHISAMBA (this is a big deal, based on the impact the brand had in London and elsewhere) and Joao’s Place cocktail bar and terrace. There is a 360 degree panoramic view of the skyline from the rooftop W deck.

The hotel website is here. The first day you can book is Tuesday 14th November and rates start at £300, quickly jumping to £400 by December.

You can check out our reviews of the new competition – Virgin Hotels Edinburgh is reviewed here, and Gleneagles Townhouse is reviewed here. Both are excellent so the W has a lot to live up to.

I am hoping we can take a look at W Edinburgh soon after opening.

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Comments (20)

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  • Bill says:

    Radisson is on my blacklist

  • Mark says:

    Has anyone stayed at the Radisson Blu in Cape Town? Might look at booking it for next feb with this deal but wondered if anyone could recommend it

    • Mark says:

      Which one?! I’ve stayed in the one in the CBD, which I wasn’t so keen on, and the Waterfront one by the V&A, which I liked a lot more. From the balcony there, I had a view over the water and of Table Mountain, plus the V&A has a lot of dining and shopping options – you can walk but the hotel also provides a free shuttle.

      • QwertyKnowsBest says:

        Was about to book Raddison so appreciate the confirmation, thanks ‘Mark’. Any other Waterfront hotel recommendations?

        • Mark says:

          The One&Only if you fancy more of a splurge. If not, the Nobu in there is still worth a visit and is cheaper than even the one in Budapest, let alone Park Lane. Food in general is relatively cheap in Cape Town, though there are still some higher end offerings. The Test Kitchen has closed now, but FYN is worth a look.

          I haven’t been, but The Silo looks really interesting too. It was in an episode of Amazing Hotels with Monica Galetti and Giles Coren.

          • Aslan says:

            Whilst Test Kitchen proper did close, they’ve opened a “fledgelings” version which was really good when we went last year – relaxed vibe, great good selection, and is helping train chefs/FOH as well.
            Pot Luck Club (same place/people) was also good but not spectacular (decent views if still light). Didn’t try FYN but did go to Pier (same group as La Colombe) and that was pretty decent – right on the waterfront as well so easy to get to.

      • Mark says:

        Yes the V&A one was the one I was looking at. Thanks!

        • Mark says:

          Yep, I liked that one. Friendly staff, local options at breakfast and a good location relative to the V&A. You’ll likely end up Ubering about Cape Town quite a bit anyway, it’s quite spread out but things like the V&A, Aquarium and The Silo gallery are walkable from the Waterfront Radisson.

    • yorkieflyer says:

      The Radisson Red is fine

      • Nick says:

        I loved Radisson Red in Cape Town. There’s no particular reason, particularly as on paper it’s just a standard midscale hotel, but you know that comfortable feeling you get when everything just feels right? That’s how it was.

        • yorkieflyer says:

          Agreed, thinking back it was more than fine! A drink at sunset at the roof pool bar was terrific

      • Rizz says:

        The Red in Cape Town was basic but fine and good views, so not a bad choice if the price is right. The Blu – dated, I didn’t like it. Also stayed at Cellars Hohenort (can be booked with Hyatt points), close to the botanical gardens, on one of my trips and enjoyed it, but it’s the other side of Cale Town.

  • The Original Nick says:

    I wonder what’s happening with the Radisson Blu in Berlin after the aquarium cracked.

    • planeconcorde says:

      As of Easter 2023 it was completely closed with the builders blocking the side street. I believe it is still shut.

  • Colin_Thames says:

    The W in Edinburgh will be another hotel with excellent views of the Hogmanay fireworks! The other ones are The Kimpton and the Balmoral, plus any mid scale ones on Princess St. The Gleneagles Townhouse might be, if you’re allowed on the upper terrace.

    • Stu_N says:

      …and if you’re a detractor of it’s appearance, to ape Jules Vernes’ opinion on the Eiffel Tower, if you’re in the W hotel it’s the only place in the city that you’re not looking at it.

    • Dave says:

      Cheapest room is currently over £1k for Hogmanay.

    • Stankpa says:

      I booked it 2 days ago for New Year. Shame no dining credit available when booking through concierge. Looking forward to checking out Sushi Samba as part of our stay!

    • Allan says:

      Can’t see any points nights available

  • scottydogg says:

    Ive had my eye on a Radisson hotel in Tromso Norway for a december trip . I got excited when i seen a 30% sale . Sadly there is no discount on this stay . Annoying . And the prices seem to have gone up a bit since last time i looked

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