Myself and Bex recently completed a 72 hour city visit in Edinburgh saying hello to all of our exciting venues and checking out what's new to make sure we are always right on the pulse for everything that's great for hen parties in Edinburgh. Take a read through my journey!
We were very much looking forward to our City visit to Edinburgh so excitedly packed our clothes and headed to the airport full of excitement to see what Edinburgh had got to offer our fabulous clients. We flew using bmi baby from East Midlands Airport to Edinburgh which was a 40 minute flight. Flights only cost £19.99 each way and with online check-in, no baggage to check in as our trolley dollys where an acceptable size for hand luggage, it only took us 2.5 hours door to door, fabulous! Bmi baby were also offering 25% off another flight, so I booked my £19.99 ticket then got 25% off Bex’s ticket. So definitely check out what airlines are offering as it was cheaper than travelling by train and car! Which meant more money for our kitty!
Once we landed took the airport bus which only cost a few pounds. I am not a lover of public transport normally, but this was too easy. Door to door in 15 minutes. Taxis are only £10 should you prefer to do this. We then checked into our very plush Hotel, thanks very much Jade for looking after us so well! We then reapplied our lippy, bronzer to face, sparkly top, skinny jeans and killer heels; and we are off for our 1st night out.
Edinburgh is a city of 2 halves; you have the Old Town and New Town. The 1st night we decided to head to the New Town. Perfect for you chic hen parties and guys that like to drink in style.
All I need to say is Wow! There is an abundance of opulent and decadent cocktail bars along George Street and the surrounding roads. Fortunately, for the more discerning clubber there is a range of pre-club bars and nightclubs where the music is more interesting than chart cheese. Almost every corner of this area seems to hold a style bar for a perfect base from which to embark on an evening’s drinking and clubbing. We highly recommend Le Monde, Tigerlily, Candy Bar and the Dome. Truly amazing venues!
A full Scottish breakfast to start us on the right track was on the cards and very much enjoyed! Now bright eyed and bushy tailed we were off out for the day to see more of our venues. One thing we can definitely say is there is so much to do in this fabulous city. From spa days, dance classes, chocolate making and Cocktail Making just to name a few. We spent the morning in the Spa then over to try our very own cocktail making class. As one of our most popular events the Cocktail Making was great fun and hilarious with the Vodka train and our attempts at making beautiful cocktails. It was times like this where we definitely wished we could take full advantage, but being a work based visit, we had to be on our best behaviour. So for hen party groups, cocktail making is the event for you. We thoroughly recommend this as our favourite party event.
Wondering back to the hotel we came across a beautiful coffee shop Etekeat. Decorated in a contemporary vintage style, the tea and cakes in this place are to die for. It was typical Edinburgh blustery weather so we popped in [blown in!]. They had a cocktail style menu but for tea and cakes, sublime! Recommendations from the manager were the Rooibos Crème Caramel Tea . De-lish! A worthy stop off whilst out and about.
Then back to the Hotel to get our glad rags on and hit the ‘other half’ of Edinburgh which was the New Town.
If you want to wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care, then head down to Cowgate and Grassmarket. We recommend the world famous Three Sisters bar which is a great venue with an amazing courtyard ideal for all you fancy dress clad party people. Also do not miss Frankenstein’s, 3 floors, 3 bars and one monster. We don’t want to spoil this massive amazing surprise, so head on in to see it!
Another fabulous breakfast and we are off again. Diet starts Monday! We then spent the day visiting all our hotels and apartments. All of them are fabulous in their different ways and depending on what our groups requirements are, we have plenty to meet all needs. So whether you prefer a Hotel with Spa or a clean but no frills venue then we have lots of choice to suit not only your needs but your budget. With so many to choose from I thoroughly recommend getting a realistic budget of what you want to spend on your weekend away and then we can best match this and give you all your options. Don’t worry we won’t take your budget and spend it for you, we will let you know all your options up to this amount and then you can decide what best suits your group.
When comparing Edinburgh to other cities we offer, it isn’t the cheapest city as the Hotels can at times be a little pricey as it is such a tourist hot-spot. Although the advantages that this city has to offer definitely make it a worthwhile choice. Things to consider are that in peak season most accommodation venues only offer a minimum of a 2 night stay, so 1 night stays can be in high demand and therefore limited and booked up far in advance, so if you are only after a 1 night stay please be aware of this so you are not disappointed. So either book with plenty of time or have a 2nd choice city just in case.
The great thing about Edinburgh is its really accessible either by foot, cabs or buses. Or if you are wanting to get the most for your money then we have some 4* Gold Hotels that are literally 2-3 miles outside the city centre which offer great value for money. I’m a city girl and when I’m out for the weekend I’m normally the one that books the most central hotel there is. Although Edinburgh has changed me! The hotels have a bus stop outside reception and take you to the front door of Georges Street, one of the most popular & central areas in Edinburgh. Buses run every 10-15 minutes, take all of 10 minutes to get you there and costs £1.30. With night buses running until 5am it was a no brainer for us. These hotels can be at times in excess of £50 cheaper per person for a 2 night weekend, so don’t rule this out. We did the trip 5 times and it was so easy!! Even taking a cab only cost between £7-10 so with 4 of you in it, you can do the maths.
So if Edinburgh ticks all your boxes or you want to know more then don’t hesitate to get in touch! Call our Party Experts on 0115 941