Before we get started, I am not against Valentines day I just don’t see the point in it. And neither does my BFF Vicki, so nine years ago we decided to spend the day together and make post-it notes about the pros and cons of the boys we fancied. We were 15, give us a break.
We also did facemasks, went for a (romantic) walk and chilled together and soon it became a tradition, thus creating Galentines.
So this year, when Ibis Hotels got involved and put Vicki and I up in a beautiful hotel room with an incredible balcony in the centre of Edinburgh for the weekend, we decided to go all out.
The hotel was amazing. I loved the Scottish theme of the entire place from the traditional Scottish lion at the door to the tartan lamp shades. It was really bright and colourful with fuchsia pink sofas lining the walls and bright blue accents. And the best part – the bright pink neon stag. Not gonna lie – I want it.
Stags seemed to be a theme throughout the hotel, as we also had giant stags on the wallpaper on one wall of our room, which was opposite the wall of glass doors onto the balcony. I mean, can we talk about the view from the balcony? I am pretty sure it would be 100 times better in summer when St Andrews Square is bustling with the festival and you know – it’s sunny. But lets not kid ourselves, it is still incredible. Being able to look out across Edinburgh from a view I have never seen the city from was magical – I just wish I could have shown my grandad.
It was the perfect location for us to nip back and forth after shopping while also being a great room for us to relax and escape the inevitable Scottish rain.
Now this year, I got Vicki a gift. We don’t normally do gifts but I was sent these personalised t-shirts and well, girl should be on brand, you get me? I also added a red nose and a chocolate rose.
FYI she never let me eat the chocolate rose – gutted.
I placed them carefully on her bed so that when she arrived it would be the first thing she saw. But when she sat on the bed to open the gifts she seemed immediately more excited at how comfortable the bed was. I mean it was comfy – but this was a JAC & The Box t-shirt…
Although the gifts were clearly celebration enough, we decided to treat ourselves to a delicious lunch up at Chaophraya. I have been here before with my dad and we sat in the glass box that overlooks the castle. We also went on a Wednesday when it wasn’t near Valentines weekend so needless to say, Vicki and I weren’t that lucky. We did get a great little booth though where we shared a tasters platter of little bits and bobs. I mean it was yummy but not sure I’d recommend it.
The mains were amazing, I went for the chicken pad thai noodles while Vicki went for spicy fired rice with chicken and basil. I didn’t try Vicki’s but she said it was amazing and mine has to be the best noodle dish I have had in a while. Also can someone teach me to cook chicken properly because holy hell it was heavenly. I think if I ever get the time (and a nicer kitchen) I am going to try and spend some time really getting to know how to cook some oriental dishes. My dad has curries nailed so I think I will take on noodle dishes.
After lunch we wandered around the shops treating ourselves to new pyjamas and face masks to do back at the hotel before our feet grew weary and we decided to head back. We both bought warming masks, which feels ridiculously weird, and lay in our beds watching trash tv; relaxation level, achieved.
We sipped on the complimentary coffee and looked out over a rainy Edinburgh thankful for the cosy room we were in.
Don’t worry, we didn’t just relax for the evening (although it was ridiculously tempting), we headed out to Harvey Nichols (not Harrods as I kept saying) for prosecco and pudding. We had been watching Dinner Date and I was craving pudding and we were far too full for a whole meal. Besides pudding is the best bit so why wait? Let me just note that the prosecco at Harvey Nichols was nasty. I don’t really drink that often but will have the odd glass of prosecco here and there and this glass, well it was a waste of money. The pudding was good though so there’s a good thing.
Also when we looked out from the window we were sat (just like Ewan McGregor did in T2: Transporting giving that speech), we could see our room which we thought was really cool.
Now here is where the funny part kicks in – please bare in mind we had had a few drinks. We decided, because it is Valentines and cinema dates are a big thing for Valentines Day, we’d go to see 50 Shades Darker. FYI this was a waste of a tenner and two hours (yes a full two hours) of my life. I do not recommend.
I won’t lie to you, I read the books and the sex in them was kinky AF but the sex in the movie, well lets just say, the scene in Sex and the City where Carrie and Burger have bad sex and you can hear the taxis horns and cars pulling away and people chatting in the street and she just lays there like a dead cucumber – yeah that was hotter.
We ended up walking back to the hotel in the fit of giggles discussing every flaw and fault in the movie before snuggling up in bed with another complimentary hot beverage.
The next day it was breakfast time. Now I freaking love breakfast. But always get the fear that I will have to be really quick at eating it because we have to leave the hotel before check out. But never fear because it was a midday check out at Ibis Styles and I was into that. So we leisurely ate a few (so what if I had three, they were mini) croissants and a Pinterest styled yoghurt and granola before heading back up to the room for more trashy TV, make up, chats and relaxation.
Let’s just say, I think this was perhaps the best Galentines Vicki and I have ever had. We were comfortable, never had far too walk and ate delicious food. I couldn’t recommend Ibis Styles in Edinburgh more because this really was the ideal location for anyone looking to explore Edinburgh city centre.
PS Happy Galentines or Valentines to all you love bugs out there.
This post was in collaboration with Ibis Styles, but all opinions my own.