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Breast hotel in Europe; BOSSES LAP (DANCE) UP TOP HONOUR.

Byline: BY MARK SMITH

AN upmarket hotel has been voted best in Europe - despite being surrounded by strip clubs.

The Knight Residence saw off stiff competition to claim pole position.

And the luxury serviced apartments in Edinburgh's lap-dancing district romped to 10th best hotel in the world in a poll based on guests' reviews.

The results have come as a pleasant surprise to management at the hotel - which is situated in the heart of an area known as the "pubic triangle" thanks to its three nearby strip clubs.

Colin Stone, general manager at the Knight Residence, said there has been little escape from talk of the lap-dancing bars since the five-star accommodation opened in 1999.

He said: "It is something that rarely goes unmentioned. Within Edinburgh, the area has this reputation for the lap-dancing bars and taxi drivers always seem to say to our guests 'oh, you're staying in the pubic triangle'.

"But we knew what was here when we moved here. We used to tend to deny they exist but in the past year or so we've just started saying 'yes, they're here and it's fine'. They're only bars that girls dance in and don't really affect our guests."

The Knight Residence, where apartments can cost up to pounds 295 a night, got 97.7 per cent in the poll by online firm Expedia.

The Glasshouse in Edinburgh was ranked 288th in the poll, Glasgow Central Apartments came 457th and The Radisson SAS Hotel was in at 861.

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