Christopher North House Hotel
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A Georgian Residential Area
For our third night in Edinburgh we had made reservations at the Christopher North House Hotel. This hotel is in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town. Since we needed a room for 4 people, we were accommodated in the John Wilson Suite--a very large suite with high ceilings. The room had at least 3 beds and 2 or 3 large sofas and a large wooden table desk. Lots of room for suitcases and clothes storage. The bathroom was very nice and spacious.
We were very comfortable in this suite and the hotel staff was very accommodating and helpful. The day we checked in we arrived early but were able to leave our suitcases in their care while we went off to enjoy Princes Street!
That evening we ordered take out chinese food at the Wok & Wine Restaurant and brought it back to the hotel to eat. The hotel staff graciously provided us with dinner plates and silverware to use. Our stay included a full buffet style breakfast. Their dining room was set up very nice and elegant with linen table cloths and napkins.
Unique Quality: The nice part about staying here was the location. The hotel was in a very nice Georgian residential area with nice surroundings and it was only like a 5 minute walk to Princes Street and other attractions in that area.
We found it interesting that we stayed in the John Wilson suite--right in the middle of so much history! What we knew about John Wilson was that he was once one of Edinburgh's literary lions. He is remembered mainly for the position he created for himself in the Scottish intellectual world. In 1820 the Town Council appointed Wilson to the Chair of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University where he remained until his retirement in 1851. Wilson wrote under the pseudonym "Christopher North." He was a poet, novelist and a great orator. The Christopher North House at 6 Gloucester Place was Wilson's last residence--he lived from 1785 until 1854. In 1865 a statue was erected to his memory in Princes Street Gardens.
Directions: Centrally located in the heart of New Town, Edinburgh's city centre.
Pray you don't have heavy luggage to lug upstairs
It was almost 20 yrs ago that I stayed at this hotel, so I don't know how it's changed since then.
My friend and I had a bit of a challenge finding the hotel, but we were quite happy when we did. Close to the main shopping area, but yet in a quiet street. As I recall it was street parking.
There was no elevator/lift so we had to cart our not-so-light suitcase up the stairs, to our newly renovated room. We were a little leery of leaving things in the trunk/boot of our car.
Our room was bright, cheery and clean, and very nice. We were thrilled with the modern shower, being North Americans we found either not having a shower, or having to play with older faucets difficult.
We weren't starving for a big meal, but wanted something to eat and asked at the desk for a place to go. The woman suggested that although they didn't serve a dinner - or we'd missed it (time has dulled my memory) - we could have a round of sandwiches in the bar. We took them up on it and it was quite lovely.
The cooked breakfast the following morning was great as well.
I would go back, and I would recommend the Christopher North House to others.
Unique Quality: Quiet street with no traffic noises.
The modern plumbing in the room.
Location, location, location!
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