Altido Vita, Edinburgh – A Review

Location:

Altido Vita Edinburgh
Altido Vita overlooking the canal in Edinburgh

Located in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh overlooking the Union Canal is the modern and well appointed Altido Vita aparthotel.  Just a 10 minute walk from Princes Street and a short walk from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile it’s in a perfect location to explore the city.  Both Haymarket and Waverley railway stations are accessible on foot and there’s a regular bus service from just outside the door if required.

Arrival & Check-in

Reception, Altido Vita, Edinburgh
The hotel reception

Check-in is from 3.00 p.m. and on our arrival we were met by Harry who made us feel very welcome.  After quickly checking us in, he then gave us a quick tour of large ground floor area helping us to quickly become acquainted with the building.

The Room

Studio at Altido Vita, Edinburgh
Our spacious studio

There are two sets of fast lifts at each end of the building up to the studios and in no time at all we were entering our room on the 8th floor.  Our studio was extremely spacious and very light and airy with its floor to ceiling windows.  I couldn’t stop gazing out at the spectacular views of Lochrin Basin and the canal below.

View of the Union Canal from Altido Vita aparthotel, Edinburgh
Stunning views from our large windows

The room had a modern, sleek design featuring a large bed, ample wardrobe and storage cupboards, an office corner with desk, adjustable chair and numerous USB and power sockets ideal for a change of scene to working from home.  The  Wi-Fi was simple to connect to with us only needing to log in once during our stay and provided a super fast service that was accessible from anywhere in the building.  We also made good use of the large wall mounted Netflix enabled television which tilted  so that it could be viewed from both the bed and window area.

Altido Vita Edinburgh studio
The spacious studio

Standing beneath the rainfall shower brought me to life nicely each morning using the fragrant complimentary Potager secret garden natural soap and Envoque toiletries.

Bathroom at Altido Vita, Edinburgh
Our en-suite bathroom

The kitchen corner had both an induction hob and microwave and on opening the kitchen cupboards, we found them to be stocked with high quality items offering us the flexibility of eating in or out as we pleased.

Altido Vita Edinburgh, dining in at the studio
Dining in with canal side views

We catered for ourselves one evening, enjoying a relaxing meal at the circular window table taking in the breathtaking canal side views.  It couldn’t have been easier as there was a supermarket a couple of doors away meaning that we didn’t have to carry heavy items very far.  Operating manuals for all the appliances were stored in one of the kitchen drawers which is always useful to find as everyone’s appliances differ slightly and no-one wants to waste time having to work things out.

Hospitality treats at Altido Vita Edinburgh
Welcome treats awaiting us in our room

A welcome pack contained Tea Lab speciality teas, pour over fresh coffee bags, bottled water and packets of delicious Scottish shortbread – an absolute must when staying north of the border.

Breakfast

Buffet breakfast at Altido Vita, Edinburgh
The buffet breakfast

A continental breakfast is included in the room rate and served on the ground floor each morning.  The help yourself buffet included cereals, porridge, yoghurts, fresh fruit, croissants, pastries and waffles, the selection varying slightly but always very good and plentiful.  A top of the range Franke coffee machine is available to guests throughout the day serving cappuccino, mocha, hot water for tea, etc. which was perfect not only at breakfast time but also for a hot drink whenever we returned to the aparthotel.

The Facilities

Open plan lounge areas, Altido Vita, Edinburgh
Comfortable lounge areas

Altido Vita has several open plan lounge areas all furnished in an industrial chic style complimenting the large interior.  We made good use of the large 70″ television watching the final stages of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, relaxing on the cosy sofa seating area surrounding it and with the screen being so big I didn’t even need my glasses.

TV Lounge, Altido Vita, Edinburgh
The cosy television area

There’s also a co-working area with desks, sockets and lamps, ideal in these working from home days and a change of scene from up in the studio.  We hadn’t come to work but did keep ourselves amused playing pool and table tennis, I’m a novice at pool but as we have a table tennis table at home, am always up for a game of ping pong.  With video games consoles attached to several other screens and a large selection of board games and books I think it would be impossible to become bored even in rainy weather.

Co-working spaces, Altido Vita, Edinburgh
Useful co-working spaces
Facilities at Altido Vita, Edinburgh
Activities available at the aparthotel

We popped down to the fitness centre to take a look around and even had a quick work out on both a rowing machine and an exercise cycle, the rest of the equipment being so high-tech that it was beyond me.

Fitness Centre, Altido Vita, Edinburgh
The Fitness Centre

Out and About

There are so many lovely things to see and do in Edinburgh so here a few of my suggestions: 

Princes Street Gardens
I always start with a walk through the beautiful Princes Street Gardens and gaze in awe at all the wonderful buildings surrounding them.

Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
Princes Street Gardens

Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile
A good way to walk off a hearty breakfast for me is to climb the hill up to Edinburgh Castle and enjoy the far reaching city views from its ramparts.  If you haven’t visited the castle I’d recommend spending time looking inside before wandering along the Royal Mile which leads down to Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament building.  I always find so much to see along here from The Museum of Childhood to the magnificence of St. Giles Cathedral, not to mention the many inviting bars and cafes.

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

Victoria Street and Grassmarket
On the edge of Grassmarket it’s always a treat to walk along Victoria Street and pause to take lots of photos as it’s undoubtedly Edinburgh’s most instagrammable street.  Positioned on a gentle curve, its colourful buildings and upper and lower level shops and restaurants offer artisan cheese, Scottish tweed and tempting food options.

Victoria Street, Edinburgh
Victoria Street

Nestled beneath the castle another favourite spot of mine is the vibrant Grassmarket district.  It has such a continental with the tables from its many bars and restaurants spilling out into the square creating a lovely atmosphere.

Grassmarket, Edinburgh
Grassmarket

National Museum of Scotland
Wherever I travel be it near or far, I always enjoy learning about the local history and if you are interested too, then the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street is definitely the place to go.  This wonderful museum offers free admission and is housed in a delightful old building with a more recent modern wing complimenting its style.  Here you can see the world famous cloned Dolly the Sheep and Alexander Graham Bell’s box telephone.  

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Take a walk along the Union Canal
As the aparthotel overlooks the Union Canal it’s an ideal opportunity to enjoy a stroll along the towpath and we loved doing this several times during our stay, admiring the colourful narrowboats moored along its banks and watching the antics of the resident ducks, swans and moorhens.  Open during the daytime is a pretty little floating boat cafe with outdoor seating and a great place to relax with a coffee and a cake whilst watching the world go by.  For longer walks, continue towards The Meadows and the affluent suburb of Morningside with its chic boutique shops. 

Union Canal, Edinburgh
Union Canal

Overall

Altido Vita, Edinburgh
Altido Vita, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Staying at Altido Vita ticked all the boxes for us with its high end versatile accommodation offering us the best of both worlds for dining in or out.  With many rooms having either beautiful canal or castle views and being just a short walk from The Royal Mile or Princes Street it’s ideally located for city centre sightseeing or as a base for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which takes place each year in August.

Cosy seating areas at Alttido Vita, Edinburgh
Cosy seating areas

Last but not least, I’ve rarely stayed anywhere where every member of the hotel staff we came across was so friendly and genuinely interested in how we had spent our days and speedily popping round from reception to replenish the coffee machine with beans when it had run out.  I would have no hesitation staying there again on a future visit to Edinburgh.

Details: Altido Vita Fountainbridge, 125a, Edinburgh, EH3 9QG

We were guests of Altido Vita and as always all views and opinions are entirely my own.

 

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60 thoughts on “Altido Vita, Edinburgh – A Review

  1. jasonlikestotravel

    What a lovely view from your room! The facilities look great and the location doesn’t appear to be too far from the city centre. Definitely on my radar to stay here next time I visit Edinburgh 🙂

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  2. ThingsHelenLoves

    The Altido Vita looks spot on, I love the idea of something a little more homely than a hotel room but still with some services and amenities. Looking down the canal you wouldn’t think you were so close to the hustle and bustle of the city centre, a lovely place to start and end the day!

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  3. Wow, what a wonderful and modern place to stay at and the views from the window are fantastic too. It’s been a very long time since I’ve been to Fountainbridge which is actually a great place to stay for anyone visiting Edinburgh as it is located less than half a mile from Princes Street. Being close to main tourist attractions makes a big difference. Thanks for sharing and I hope there are more posts coming our way about your time in Edinburgh. Have a lovely weekend 🙂 Aiva xx

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  4. Very clean and tidy! Being so close to the main attractions does not hurt, either. Very glad you had such a perfect stay at Altido Vita, and you’ve given me a recommendation to consider staying there should I return to Edinburgh someday. Thanks for sharing, Marion!

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  5. Well that certainly was a beautiful place to stay. It ranks with the best. My niece’s husband has been doing his PhD at the University there and enjoyed his stay immensely though some of his studies took him to Germany for a time. He is back in Australia now and finishing up his writing here by permission.

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    1. Overlooking the canal, the hotel was a lovely place to stay and we had a great week in Edinburgh (more to come about that in future posts). Our younger son also studied at the University of Edinburgh and during his four years there we visited him frequently. Hope you have a good weekend. Marion.

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  6. Looks like a fabulous place to stay Marion. Those views are spectacular. How was it for quiet? I know the pub crowd tends to be pretty boisterous going home each night. Edinburgh seldom disappoints in what to see and do. I recall how aghast we were in the Scottish Museum, when we read that the Scots had invented a new race of people, The Metis (Canada). We did not know if this was a serious boast or tongue in cheek. Thanks for sharing. Allan

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    1. The aparthotel was lovely and quiet and we weren’t disturbed with night time revellers walking along the towpath. You’re right, Edinburgh never disappoints whatever the weather and hopefully it won’t be too longer before the city can welcome back its foreign visitors too. Thanks for your welcome thoughts Allan, they are much appreciated.

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  7. Thanks a lot. We are quite often in Edinburgh. We`ll have a look if we like it as well.
    Great for letting us know because we never heard about this aparthotel before.
    Wishing you a happy
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  8. What a lovely studio – so much room and that beautiful view over the canal is definitely a bonus! And how great that you had all the amenities to prepare your own food.
    Oh, and I love that view of the castle as well … I can understand why you would want to spent some quality time in Edinburgh (and staying in this beautiful aparthotel) 👍🏻.

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    1. The Altido Vita aparthotel is like a hidden gem overlooking the canal but just a few minutes walk from the castle and other attractions. Our visit coincided with my husband’s birthday which was really nice. Thanks so much Corna for taking time to comment, it’s much appreciated. Marion

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  9. Particularly appreciated this one, as I’ve spent a good chunk of time in Edinburgh over the years. I hadn’t however heard of Altido Vita, man does that dinner table with the canal view look inviting. If… and it seems a big if right now due to circumstances, we get to spend a few nights in Edinburgh, I’d definitely consider Altido Vita.

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    1. Altido Vita is a great place to stay in Edinburgh being so close to the attractions yet with its idyllic canal side location. Hope your week is going well I was thinking of you with the +45 temperatures. Hope you are coping and trying to keep cool. Marion

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  10. Looks like a wonderful apartment.. I love an apartment with hotel facilities, ticks both boxes for my husband and me. We visited Edinburgh a few years ago and really enjoyed it. We found some fantastic restaurants.
    Wonderful photos Marion

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