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February 23, 2009

Edinburgh is rumoured to have more restaurants per head of population than any other city in Europe. They are about to be joined by two more over the next few months as a couple of hotel chains deliver new openings.

The Missoni fashion company is making a move into the hotel business and opening the first of its designer-styled ventures on the Royal Mile at the end of May. Housed in the former council building, the hotel has been some five years in the planning. A bar and restaurant are said to be part of the plans along with some 130 bedrooms. Further openings are scheduled in the Middle East.

Beating Missoni to the finish line is the new Apex Waterloo hotel which is aiming to open on the 16th of March. Also housed in a former Edinburgh council building, the Waterloo will bring the number of Apex hotels in the city to four. Regular 5pm fans may have already visited the restaurants at the Apex Metro and the Apex Metro West End.

The hotel will feature a new lounge bar and restaurant called Elliot’s. It promises Georgian windows, reflective glass mosaic tiles and views over Waterloo Place.