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Ask the team - Finding your feet at Edinburgh Fringe!

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is underway, with hundreds of unique acts set to perform over the coming weeks. Our boutique hotel in Edinburgh is located right at the heart of the action, so we asked our team for their top tips to ensure you make the most of your festival experience!

 

 

What are your top tips for getting the best out of the Fringe Festival? 

Ally Hally, Guest Services and Finance Manager: “Don’t plan every moment! Leave time to wander around and take in the city. The street performers, pop-ups and atmosphere are what really makes the Fringe so exciting! The free shows can be just as entertaining as the ones you pay top price for! Places around Cowgate host a weird and wonderful variety of acts so it is well worth exploring. A lot of venues can be tricky to find so leave yourself time to get there and get a seat so you don’t miss any of your favourite acts.”

Jamie Gordon, Reception Supervisor: “Book in advance for restaurants!”

Emma Coull, Guest Services Assistant: “Check out the free Fringe, visit the beer garden on Princes Street for live acts and go to the Underbelly area for lots of food trucks and bars.”

Becky Fleming, Sales Manager: “Soak up the atmosphere - enjoy the pop-up bars and street performers! I suggest you download the app so you can see what's on nearby and when. Also, make sure you have a big breakfast to prepare yourself for lots of walking between venues. If you’re staying with us I’d highly recommend the eggs benedict with haggis!”

Edinburgh Fringe(Photo Credit: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Facebook)

 

What is the best show you’ve seen at the Festival?

Ally: “The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo never disappoints! There is something for everyone and the fireworks are always good.”

Jamie: “Jason Byrne always delivers a good show”

Emma: “Louise Reay”

Becky: “Some of the street performers! Watching people do crazy stunts and gymnastics amongst the hustle and bustle is really entertaining. Last year I saw a really good DJ in one of the bars, he got the crowd going even when it was pouring with rain! It was a great atmosphere to be part of with such a diverse group of people all having fun.”

Edinburgh fringe(Photo Credit: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Facebook)

 

What has been the most surprising act you’ve seen at the Festival?

Jamie: “Most of the free shows are very good. Providing constant laughs for nothing!”

Emma: “Free Canadians variety comedy show!”

Becky: “One of the free shows I went to and thought I wasn’t going to enjoy it, two hours later I hadn’t stopped laughing. The free shows are great if you have some time to kill or want to try something new.”

EDINGBURGH FRINGE(Photo Credit: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Facebook)

 

What are the most common mistakes people make when planning a trip to the Festival?

Ally: “Transport - there is very little parking in the city centre, and most of it is expensive! Research public transport links before you travel. Edinburgh provides excellent bus services and the tram is a great link out to the park and ride and the airport!”

Jamie: “Not bringing raincoats and umbrellas! As nice as Edinburgh is, there is a good chance it will rain. Not booking ahead for lunch and evening meals. Not knowing where the venues are.”

Emma: “Booking in advance for shows (unless it is someone you really want to see). There are so many shows and performers to see that it’s really best to play it by ear. Ask around when you are here for recommendations!”

Becky: “Setting strict itineraries! I would book a few shows and maybe somewhere to eat, but with so many pop-up bars, eateries and places to chill out, it’s nice to take some time between shows for a snack or a drink or simply watch the world go by! With so much going on it’s nice to not have a regimented plan!”

ED FRINGE(Photo Credit: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Facebook)

 

Who would be your dream act to see at the Festival? 

Ally: “There are far too many to choose from!”

Jamie: “Kevin Bridges”

Emma: “Notflix”

Becky: “Really good question...although I’m struggling for an answer!”

ED FRINGE(Photo Credit: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Facebook)

 

What are you most excited about seeing at the Fringe Festival this year? 

Ally: “I haven’t planned anything yet for this year, the best shows I’ve been to are usually spontaneous decisions. There is so much going on during the month that you will never be short of things to see or do.”

Jamie: “Jason Byrne - I’ve already bought my tickets!”

Emma: “Cruel Intentions/Best of Broadway/West End”

Becky: “I need to spend some time studying the shows as I haven’t booked anything yet. I’ve got some time off in the middle of August so looking forward to that and getting some shows booked in. I’m also planning a girls day out at the end of the month and we’ve spoken about a few different shows, one of them being Cirque Beserk, which will be great if we can get booked to see that!”

Edinburgh fringe(Photo Credit: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Facebook)

 

I am feeling fringed out, where can I go?

Ally: “Some areas of Edinburgh have a little less of a Fringe feel! Down in Leith you can take in the Royal Yacht Britannia and enjoy an ice cream or fish and chips by the shore. Stockbridge is a quiet area of town with the Sunday market and boutique shops, so it’s a good place for a quiet afternoon wander. Alternatively, the bar at Hotel Indigo provides a calming atmosphere for a relaxed afternoon drink.”

Jamie: “The Botanic Gardens are a good place to relax, or head outside the city centre for a relaxing walk and great scenery. Stockbridge or Cannon Mills is good for coffee and independent shops.”

Emma: “Head further out of town or go to Portobello Beach if the weather is nice. North Berwick is good for small boutiques and cafe.”

Becky: “Take some time to enjoy areas of Edinburgh which aren’t so ‘fringey’. Walk along the water of Leith if it's a nice day or potter around Stockbridge. Leith also has some fab bars and coffee shops to relax in, with most having a mix of indoor and outdoor seating. If you want to go further afield (on a sunny day) North Berwick is a great place to escape the city.”

Edinburgh fringe(Photo Credit: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Facebook)

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh on York Place is a 60-guest room luxury boutique hotel in Edinburgh city centre, ideally located near to many top attractions. To check availability, contact the Edinburgh hotel team on reservations@hiedinburgh.co.uk or 0131 556 5577.

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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Reviews

Sophie,

Cambridge

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!


Sue,

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.


Micky,

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.


Daniel,

Bury

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!


Ashley,

Sheffield

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.


Dave,

Dunfermline

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.


Lynn,

Falkirk

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.


Emily,

London

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Hotel Indigo. My room was very big and spacious, with an extremely comfortable, grand bed. The bathroom was very nice too, with Aveda toiletries. I loved that the room had some complimentary snacks and drinks, with a Scottish theme.

For breakfast I had a Full Scottish, which was absolutely massive, with a choice of link or lorne sausage - I had the latter to be properly Scottish. Four types of pork product on one plate, I think - amazing!! I'm all about the hotel breakfast, so that was brilliant. Can't fault my stay here. The location is also very convenient for the main train station, and walkable to all of central Edinburgh.


Rob,

Melbourne

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!


Scott,

Inverness

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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