A HOTEL boasts it has created the ultimate dorm-style room for rowdy stag parties or a raucous lads’ Six Nations holiday in Edinburgh.
The jumbo bedroom at the Central Hotel in Edinburgh’s Cowgate – which sleeps up to nine people – will see revellers being delivered hangover cures in the morning.
There’s a freestanding Smeg fridge stocked with beers and wine and the hotel can arrange for a breakfast ‘Recovery Trolley’ to be delivered, complete with bacon rolls and a pint of lager for those who fancy a ‘hair of the dog’ to kickstart the day.
The designer room has aimed to give parties city-centre beds at dorm room prices, and has full-size table tennis along with a video games console hooked up to the the wall-mounted flatscreen TV.
The city centre hotel says the room’s bathroom has two separate showers, two WCs and three sinks to avoid any queues or arguments, and prices work out at around £44 a head.
Scotland are due to play Italy in Edinburgh’s Murrayfield stadium on 9 February.
Hotel General Manager Donal Hurrell said the room has been designed with style and a sense of humour in equal measures.
Donal said: “This room is about as far away as you could get from people’s idea of a dorm or a hostel bedroom.
“We wanted to create a bedroom that allows large groups who are visiting Edinburgh to stay together – letting them to share their experience throughout their time in the city, rather than ending when everyone goes to their individual bedrooms.
“The room has been finished in time to appeal to groups of rugby fans coming to Edinburgh for the Six Nations who may be looking for the ultimate bedroom for a lads weekend.
“But with the Central Hotel being bang in the city centre, and with our The Three Sisters bar below it, we know the room will also appeal to stag and hen parties that are such an important part of Edinburgh’s tourism and hospitality trade.”
He added the room might also appeal to other groups: “But equally, the room should catch the attention of wedding parties, large families or other groups of travellers who are often put off by the high cost of having to book three or four rooms.
“We want to accommodation to be as flexible as possible and we’ll be happy to look at including or adding other features and facilities to ensure it is tailor-made for any requirements.
“Prices for the dorm start at £399 a night; so with nine people sharing that’s around £44 each. There will be very few city centre hotels with the facilities we have that can beat that price.”
By contrast city centre rooms at the Premiere Inn start from £62, and can sleep two people at most.
The room has been designed by acclaimed designer Jim Hamilton of Graven Images, who was also responsible for Hotel Missoni and Tigerlily in Edinburgh, along with The Corinthian and Blythswood Square in Glasgow.
Central Hotel is owned by the G1 Group, which also took over Murrayfield Hotel, Grassmarket Hotel and Bank Hotel when it took over the properties from Festival Inns in 2011.
The dorm is one of the first rooms to be refurbished at the Central Hotel as part of a project by the G1 Group to renovate the entire accommodation following the takeover.