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Tall Order! Hotel Indigo Edinburgh York Place launch new giraffe rooms

Gilbert the Giraffe

To celebrate the majestic creatures returning to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo after 15 years, Hotel Indigo Edinburgh York Place welcomes travellers to spend the night in their new giraffe themed rooms, with part of the proceeds from each stay being donated to the wildlife conservation charity.

Complete with tasteful patterned wallpaper, wooden animal wall features, and artistic interpretations of the fascinating animal on each wall, the room makes for an exciting overnight for couples, before visiting the giraffes at the zoo.

Preferring a family staycation over a full-blown safari, travellers with children have a treat in store.  Little zookeepers can enjoy a complimentary plush giraffe toy, a cardboard fire to toast their marshmallows, and a snug night’s sleep in a tepee, just as if they were sleeping under the stars somewhere in the wilds of Africa.

Giraffe-loving guests will also receive discounted zoo tickets for the whole of their group as part of the package.

The five male giraffes arrived at their new home in the capital in May after travelling from different zoos across the UK. Numbers of giraffes have been in a steady decline since the 1980s, due to habitat loss and poaching, and the RZSS team hope these glorious animals will help to raise awareness and support for the Giraffe Conservation Foundation’s work to save the species.  

Gerald, Fennessy, Gilbert, Arrow and Ronnie have been settling in to the zoo’s new purpose built enclosure with plenty of space for the herd to roam and a hilltop house to enjoy the best views over the city. To make sure there is no need to crane your neck, the enclosure has high-level viewing platforms, for visitors to witness the beauty of the giraffes face-to-face. Something many wildlife fanatics have only dreamt about.


For the entirety of June and July, Hotel Indigo Edinburgh York Place will also be giving away free zoo tickets to guests that check into any room with the first or last name of Gerald, Fennessy, Gilbert, Arrow and Ronnie!

Located in Edinburgh’s bustling New Town, the Georgian listed Hotel Indigo Edinburgh York Place is close to all the capital’s major attractions. The hotel’s interior is a mixture of modern design and images of the New Town over the years, including St Andrews Square and Carlton Hill. A perfect base to explore the city, the hotel also has The Turquoise Thistle Bar & Lounge, to unwind and enjoy a delicious meal after a day of adventure. 


How to book:

You can now pre-book your stay in a giraffe room at the Hotel Indigo Edinburgh York Place from just £189 per night, including zoo tickets, bus tickets, and breakfast. Request preferred time and date of zoo visit whilst booking. Pre-booking is essential. £3 from each stay is donated to RZSS to help care for the giraffes at Edinburgh Zoo and support work to protect the species in the wild.


For more information or press trip enquiries, please contact:

Maria Hamilton,

Frankie Lane,


About Splendid Hospitality Group  

Splendid Hospitality Group is the operator and developer of a portfolio of 20 hotels with over 2100 bedrooms and more than 850 staff (known as ‘family members’) as well as 40 fast food restaurants (KFC). It is one of the UK's fastest growing privately-owned hospitality groups which has made a name for itself through the design, construction, and operation of a full range of hotel styles and locations across the UK, ranging from limited service to luxury. The group enjoys the support of major brands such as IHG, Choice, Accor, and Hilton. The portfolio includes Yorkshire’s only five-star hotel, the Grand Hotel & Spa in York, and Hilton London Bankside, a phenomenal 5-star property in the heart of London’s Bankside.




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Love this hotel! Friendly staff and great rooms in vibrant colours. Modern and well refurbished. Great location also and the tram stop is situated right outside. Great for getting around town or to the airport.

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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Reviews



This hotel is such a great find. Its location cannot be beat and the rooms are incredibly nice. Great amenities (including complimentary mini bar) and great service. Would definitely stay here again!


Newcastle upon Tyne

I stayed here overnight to see Justin Timberlake on his Man of The Woods Tour. We were greeted with the warmest welcome by the receptionist...genuinely helpful and friendly. We stayed in the Suite, which has everything I could possibly need. A FREE (well stocked) mini bar! Robes, Aveda toiletries, slippers, free calls, a very appreciated cafetiere with ground coffee and a lovely selection of teas. 30mins in and a welcome plate arrived with 5 good size desserts...gorgeous.

Room service was excellent and the breakfast was utterly delicious and brought to the room at no extra charge. The room was very large and spacious with a huge double bed, blissfully comfortable. When needed in the evening the staff pressed a button at reception and a taxi arrived within 2 minutes...Outstanding service!

I had such a fantastic stay here that I shall return in November and I'll be re-booking this Suite.


Kingston upon Hull

Less than 10 mins walk from Waverley. Staff were very polite, helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Room was a good size with a great bathroom. Large shower, robes and Aveda products included. Fridge with free cold drinks. Good breakfast with plenty of choice. Both couples enjoyed and would stay again.



Really nice friendly boutique hotel. We didn't arrive until late but the hotel was more than happy to let us check in late. After checking in we also asked for some area recommendations, which again the staff were more than happy to give us. Our room was really nice and very clean, bed was comfortable and gave us a good night sleep. We stayed for two night and did not hear any noise from the hotel or any of the other guest. In a good location with only a short walk to the shops and restaurant/cinema ! If staying on Edinburgh I would highly recommend this hotel!



Stayed for one night, but very impressed. Receptionist was fantastic, very professional, helpful, good looking and immaculately presented. The room was excellent, very clean, bed comfortable and the shower was fantastic, hot and powerful.

Breakfast well worth the money, with attention to detail and served hot. The location is excellent with just a 10 minutes walk from the station and to Princess Street. I will definitely stay here again.

Great boutique hotel and great value for money. Wish I was staying for longer.



Had a one night stay here. The location is great, right beside a Tram Stop, 2 minute walk to St Andrews Square bus station, 15 min from Waverley Train station and short walk to main shopping and restaurants. Hotel was very clean & comfortable. Good Breakfast. Very friendly staff.



Really nice hotel in a fantastic location for train station, shopping and nightlife. Lovely rooms, with complimentary snacks and lovely Aveda toiletries in the room. Bed was really comfortable, breakfast was also excellent and the staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends visiting Edinburgh.



Visited the hotel and stayed 2 nights having stayed at the Indigo in London. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely rooms, great service, very good location opposite the tram stop and bus routes.
Lovely bar and restaurant is on site if you prefer to stay close for dinner!



I stayed at Hotel Indigo for first time last week, the service from the reception, bar and restaurant staff was faultless. The room was very comfortable and the bed was the comfiest i have ever slept in. The Hotel is situated close to the Playhouse and only 5 minute walk from waverley station, there are several good bars and restaurants in the vicinity. A great Hotel in a good area.

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