Staying within the Resort Indigo GIRAFFE suite in Edinburgh is the proper place base for a household zoo journey

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IF you’re going to take your kids to the zoo, then what higher method than going all out and reserving right into a lodge with a GIRAFFE suite. 

It might seem to be a little bit of a tall order however I child you not there may be such a factor.

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The Giraffe Suite within the Resort Indigo
Carol-Anne and daughter Katie

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Carol-Anne and daughter Katie

My hubby Gordon and I caught our necks out for this animal crackers room whereas planning a visit to Edinburgh for a go to to the capital’s well-known attraction with our daughter Katie.

The Giraffe Suite is the brainchild of the Resort Indigo within the metropolis. 

It has partnered with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and launched particular giraffe-themed rooms to have a good time the animals returning to Edinburgh Zoo after 15 years.

A part of the proceeds from every keep might be donated to the wildlife conservation charity. 

And what’s even higher, they guide your zoo and bus tickets too.

To be trustworthy it had been so lengthy since I had been to the zoo, I wasn’t conscious of the absence of the giraffes, so it made it all of the extra particular. 

And with this being eight-year-old Katie’s first ever go to, we had been raring to go.

Arriving early on Sunday morning we parked up throughout the newly opened St James Quarter and did the five-minute stroll not far away to the lodge.

We had been greeted by the very pleasant crew on reception who had our zoo and bus tickets ready for us. So we ditched out baggage and we had been on our method.

Twenty minutes later we had been getting into the zoo to start out our journey. 

Beginning on the backside of the steep hill we labored our method u and the animals on supply acquired higher the upper up we went.

All of us liked the meerkats and monkeys that are all the time entertaining and dealing our method as much as the fantastic world of lions, tigers and, after all, pandas, there was a lot to see.

It was thrilling to be so near animals my daughter had solely ever seen on TV earlier than.

The proper on the high of the hill, with the most effective views over Edinburgh had been the giraffes. 

Ronnie and his 4 associates arrived on the zoo earlier this yr to type a bachelor herd they usually definitely gave the impression to be settling into their new residence nicely and had been having fun with all the consideration.

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Working our method again down the hill, we had been handled to many extra animals together with fascinating details to coach ourselves with.

After stopping into the cafe for a a lot deserved ice cream we headed over to penguin rock. 

With three totally different species and over 100 penguins, the zoo has Europe’s largest outside penguin pool and we might have stood and watched them displaying off and swimming all day lengthy — it was one of the simplest ways to complete our go to. 

Nicely, that and a visit to the reward store!

Heading again into town, we had been in a position to verify into the boutique lodge set in a standard Georgian townhouse within the coronary heart of the capital.

Our Giraffe Suite was on the fourth ground and was very trendy, brilliant and ethereal with a double mattress and extra single mattress for Katie.

The decor is subtly impressed by the gorgeous animals, with giraffe-themed wallpaper, photos of the long-legged lovelies and even the lamp bases are giraffes.

Little zookeepers get a cardboard hearth to toast their marshmallows, and a cosy night time’s sleep in a tepee, as in the event that they had been sleeping underneath the celebrities someplace within the wilds of Africa.

Katie liked it. The fridge filled with Irn-Bru and Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers went down a deal with with mum and pop and I made positive to benefit from the attractive the Arran Aromatics toiletries within the rest room.

And when it got here to dinner, we had been spoilt for selection, being a five- minute stroll from each the Omni Centre and St James Quarter which each have numerous choices for meals and drinks.

We opted for Tony Macaronis within the Omni Centre as we had labored up such an urge for food, we rewarded ourselves with pasta and ice cream.

After a really snug night time’s sleep we made our option to the lodge restaurant for a freshly cooked breakfast, served alongside cereal, toast and pastries, the place we made pigs of ourselves, fairly apt after all!

I am a lodge employee and this is how one can get an evening’s keep, transportation and foods and drinks all at no cost

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