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As good as you say
We stayed at the Knight residence as a result of the reports here and also found it excellent. Very spacious, friendly, centrally located and good value - particularly in Edinburgh which is not cheap.
My only issue is with the noise. You need to know it on the edge of a slightly shady part of Edinburgh night life and can get quite lively around 2am. Not so bad in winter when the windows are closed but I would not recommend it in summer - no air-con in the apartments so you would have to have the windows open.
I can only reiterate what the other reviews have said. My Mum, Sister and I stayed here in December in a two bedroom apartment and were thrilled with the accommodation. The kitchen has all the facilities you need, even a toaster for that late night snack after returning from the theatre! The concierge were lovely, doing everything to ensure we had a lovely stay from helping us get theatre tickets to arranging transport.
Its just like going back to your own home after a hard days shopping, putting your feet up, making a snack and being able to all be together instead of down the hall from the rest of your friends or family.
The rooms were spotless, why would you go to one room in a hotel when you can the comfort of the Knight residence for very little more, the breakfast basket lasted all our stay and the housekeeper in the morning was insistent of replenishing it with more fresh coffee and speciality teas.
We got lost in the pouring rain and found the local people so helpful, (note for the tourist board;the only miserable people we encountered were the bus drivers who were not at all helpful, thankfully the locals and the staff at the Knight residence more made up for it.) We would certainly return here again in the Summer!
The best kind of surprise
After some difficulty trying elsewhere, we contacted The Knight Residence direct and booked a 2-night stay.
Excellence of facilities was matched by staff: all thoughtful and of highest quality.
The bonus of a kitchen (although Edinburgh has some wonderful restaurants)was felt most in the morning when breakfasting in pyjamas, but it could also cut costs by allowing self-catering.
Good towels, clever hi-fi and decent welcome pack felt like 'extras', too, and the secure parking was a boon, all at - for Edinburgh - a v reasonable price.
Great place to stay
My wife and I found excellent reviews on Trip Advisor for the Knight Residence and it did not disappoint. Upon arrival, Hugh at the front desk was very helpful - providing us maps, directions and a few tips on where to eat. The rooms were very nice, with a separate bedroom, living area and full kitchen. We liked having the clothes washer/dryer which allowed us to pack less clothes. The hotel is a short 5 minute walk from several restaurants/pubs in the Grassmarket area. The Royal Mile is up the hill another 5-10 minutes. We can't say enough about the Knights Residence, offering clean apartment style rooms at a reasonable price, excellent friendly service, and a good location.
Home Away From Home But Better!
We stayed at The Knight Residence due to the good reports on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed. My husband and I chose to visit Edinburgh in celebration of my 30th Birthday and this apartment/hotel style accommodation perfectly suited our search for luxury, space and independence.
As opposed to a hotel where there are set times for breakfast, we were able to get up when we wanted and suit ourselves. The selection of breakfast articles left for us (milk, bread, preserves, butter, marg, bananas and cereals) more than saw us through our three night break and the selection of teas and coffee etc was more varied and generous than any other establishment we had ever stayed in. At the end of the day we could throw our tired selves on the large sofa with a cuppa without having to perch on the end of a bed and manouvre around eachother.
The location was fabulous. We could walk to every sight and attraction with the Royal Mile being a 10 Minute stroll and Princes Street a further 5 minutes pleasant walk through the park. The night life was just two streets away - near enough to enjoy a lovely meal or some ceilidh atmosphere in a nearby pub with home being just around the corner and far enough away to feel secure. (It was loud outside at times with some shouting and whooping from passers by but that was because we had the window open. Once the window was shut it was silent and you are able to control the heating in the kitchen - we were just too lazy!) The Knight Residence also provides a car park which is free for guests and protected by large electric gates so we also felt secure about our vehicle. They even suggested we left our car there on our check out day until we were ready to leave the city which was very useful. As for the lap dancing bars as mentioned on previous reports, they posed no problems.
We loved the attention to detail in this accommodation. It probably meant more to us though as our home is an old cottage being renovated so having hot water was a luxury! We loved having a stereo (especially with speakers in the lounge and bathroom) where the staff left a selection of CD's to your pre-requested taste and had already tuned in the popular radio stations. The cable TV had loads of channels and we were so spoiled for choice that we hardly got around to watching the many videos on offer. We thought that perhaps DVDs should be considered in any upgrade of facilities as when you're used to it at home, viewing qualilty can be slightly below par.
There was a phone in the apartment with reasonable rates and a video intercom by the apartment door for ordering taxi's and so forth. Due to the selection of take away menu's left for us, we were able to order food and it came right up to your apartment. One evening we opted for a night in and we had a bottle of wine, a delicious delivered pizza and cosied up on the sofa to a soppy movie - perfect!
We could see the battlement part of the castle from our apartment window and although the other high rised buidings around us weren't that attractive, it's no big deal as you're in the middle of the city afterall. Inside the accommodation was very clean and well thought out. None of the decor was tired or in need of repair and although colours are never going to be to everyone's taste, the most important thing was that everything was in excellent condition. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. They had a calm, courteous and attentive attitude which made you feel that you were the only guests in the building. When we arrived, Hugh got into the car and guided us to the car park which we found most helpful. The kitchen, bathroom and bedroom had plenty of facilites. We didn't even have to load the dishwasher if we were in a hurry and there was a washing machine with powder, ironing board, coffee percolator, hair dryer, etc. The were ample lamps and moody lighting throughout and a very comfortable bed. I would have liked some more homely bed and breakfast type bedding rather than hotel white flat bottom and top sheets and a travel lodge style bed spread but that's just being fussy and it was a hotel after all.
We would love to visit Edinburgh again in the future and I would book The Knight Residence without hesitation or even looking elsewhere. The main reasons being; Cleansiness, Very Friendly, Excellent facilities, Good Location and the personal preference of space and independence. As we paid £95 a night we view all this as value for money.
March 1, 2006 - Best Place Ever!
From the welcome at the door to the details of the apartment this was an amazing and affordable self catering option in Edinburgh.
When we arrived overloaded with luggage and tired from a week of travel, Christophers welcome was just what we needed to pick us up!
The one bedroom apartment was fabulous and as others have indicated the welcome packet with milk, juice, cereal and snacks was a wonderful bonus.
The furniture was in good condition and the linens and bathrobes plush and plentiful. It seemed there was no detail overlooked.
Our only complaint which is not even that bad was that the washer/dryer unit was awfully small to do laundry for 2 people who had been travelling for 6 days. I was anticipating a stackable unit with separate dryer and the all in one unit slowed us down a little on the washing process.
The location is great, you are only about a five minute stroll to the grassmarket and good restaurants and some pubs (although they cater to a little bit younger crowd since the University is only blocks away)- We ate at both Mama's American Pizza and Gennaro's, each was good in its own right. Honestly, we felt like the pizza was better than most we get at home at Mama's.
Being able to see the castle did add a touch of fun to the otherwise urban landscape. Others have commented on street noise, we really did not have any issue with that nor with the adult club down the street. It's a slow foot traffic street and we did not see anyone that was seedy or rowdy, however we were there in the slow season so anything is possible during the spring or summer.
If you are looking for snacks, wine or daily necessities there are Sainsbury and Tesco grocery stores right down the street and both a Starbucks and Costa coffee in the same area.
We had given up our rental car at that point but did experience the nice secure car park in the rear of the building; it is a real asset to the facility.
It was very hard to leave The Knight Residence and the pleasant pace of Edinburgh for London. We really wished we could have shifted our travel plans and stayed 2 additional nights.
I highly recommend this hotel for anyone from couples, families or the business traveler. It far exceeded our expectations! Kudos to the staff for such a well run hotel.
Great Place - especially with a child
We stayed at The Knights Residence for 3 nights over the Holidays. After spending 5 nights in a hotel in London it was great to be able to spread out! We had a 2 bedroom apartment, kitchen and living room. (For far less than we paid for a room in London! The apartment was very clean and stocked with basic necessities. The grocery store was a short walk and fun to see all the "different" foods. It was a short walk to what we thought was the most charming part of Edinburgh in the Old Town. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We also appreciated having a complementary video lending library at our disposal. It was great to relax with a movie after a long day of sight seeing. (We highly reccomend going to see The Britannia, Edinburgh castle, and Mary King's Close). There are also many pubs within a short walk (and Starbucks). There was also a Christmas Tree in our apartment - what a great touch!
Happy Knight Nights!
As two couples we have just stayed for two nights in Edinburgh and booked the Knights Residence after reading reviews on this site. We negotiated a good price by phone and agreed to their suggestion for the twin bedroom to be arranged as a double. Unfortunately neither of these seem to have been written down, but in their favour the hotel accepted my word and honoured the lower price.
Apart from that there was little to fault. We had a "comfort apartment" which is in a separate building. We chose it because as two couples we wanted two bathrooms. Perhaps it would have been nice to have had a shower in both (one had a bath and the other a shower), but I understand these apartments are to be refurbished soon and maybe mixer taps could be incorporated.
The apartment was very clean and comfortable with all the facilities one could want. The food welcome pack was thoughtful and toiletries thorough. The car parking was good. Location, despite the proximity of lap dancing clubs, was also good.
Edinburgh is a wonderful place to visit and the Knights Residence an ideal base from which to explore it.
If looking for a place to stay in Edinburgh, don't hesitate, just stay here.
The worst thing about it is the location which is merely ok as it's a 5 or 10 minute walk to the main tourist sites.
Everything else is excellent. From decor through equipment, facilities, security, staff. A first class welcome pack of milk, bread, juice, cereals etc.
A very comfortable place to stay and good value in my view.
Their website is absolutely accurate and is good to use.
Good restaurants around the Usher Hall and theatre which are literaly 3 minutes away.
A most enjoyable stay
We chose this place because of the good reviews on Trip Advisor and it lived up to expectations. It isn't beautiful from the front and the rear windows look out over the car park, though the snow capped Pentland Hills are visible just over the roof tops. It's situated in a back street, bizarrely in between a lap dancing club and a Jesuit church!, but only 2 minutes from the Castle and Princes Street and very convenient for all the major tourist sites.
The staff are very friendly and helpful and the apartments well appointed, spacious (bedroom/s, sitting room, dining area, kitchen, hall and bathroom) and comfortable. As we weren't a couple and had asked for twin beds we were upgraded to a 2 bed apartment at no extra cost. Great! I found the orange and deep blue colour scheme a little startling at first - other apartments are red and orange - but everything is pristine and the colour scheme grew on me.
Edinburgh is a beautiful city, many excellent attractions are free - e.g. the plethora of art galleries, and there are plenty of very good quality restaurants.