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Nick Ede and Melissa Odabash


We were delighted to recently host, Edinburgh born and bred TV Presenter, philanthropist and charity activist, Nick Ede and Melissa Odabash, a former swimwear model turned luxury beachwear designer, at The Edinburgh Grand. Read our interview with them to discover what their favourite things in the city are and what's in the pipeline for each of these exciting and dynamic characters.

Melissa Odabash

What brings you to Edinburgh?

I have lived in London for 20 years but have never been to Scotland until this trip, which I’ve been hugely excited about. Nick Ede and I have been friends for many years since we first met through judging the Fragrance Awards, he has spoken often about Edinburgh and so I decided to hijack his next trip and tag along.

What do you love about Edinburgh?

The sea, it has such a metropolitan city feel, it looks like Paris, but with mountains and a castle – it’s just beautiful. And I even managed to bring the sunshine with me to Scotland!

What do you love about The Edinburgh Grand?

I’m 5ft 10 and just love the high ceilings, but the views of the city are definitely the best part. It is in such a prime location, really super cool and with chic, stunning décor.

What’s new with you?

This year marks the 20th anniversary of my fashion collection and I’m launching a new anniversary collection at the end of November. Sexy hot eveningwear! And before the end of the year I’ll be heading over to Miami to open up my new shop on Celebrity Cruises.

Nick Ede

What do you love about Edinburgh?

I love being able to come back to my home town and cram so many things in, from walking up Arthur Seat or skiing at Hillend, to tasting oysters in the Café Royal and partying down the Royal Mile all in one day.

As a former local boy, where’s your hidden hot spot in the city?

It has to be fresh oysters at the Café Royal, which is often a forgotten spot but definitely one of my favourites. I also love the fantastic pieces you can find in Harvey Nics here, that don’t necessarily make it to London.

What do you love about The Edinburgh Grand?

The ceilings are amazing, the spec is sensational and the green tiles in the bathroom are just stunning. I also really like the small touches, like the milk in the fridge. It is glamorous and intimate at the same time.

What’s new with you?

Currently I’m working on a dating show called Ultimate Matchmaker on the W Channel on UK TV. We recently had a date on the programme that took place in Edinburgh and I’m pleased to report the couple are still dating. I’m also presenting on the Royal Box TV show for Yahoo and I absolutely love it.

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