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  • Reviews: 7

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Hotel Indigo: Great Location, Amenities and Hospitality

What a great little find. Was trying to book a Holiday Inn but was full so by default we booked Indigo. Its the Boutique hotel for Holiday Inn. We loved it! Great location, right on the cusp between the touristy city centre (7mins) and local neighbourhood that offered a great selection of non touristy restos. Clean, modern and well appointed rooms with lots of character. Bus and tram right out the front door and Central train station 5 minutes walk. Very friendly and helpful staff. Free WiFi.

One night we sat down in their lounge for a coffee and to our surprise they brought us a plate with a selection of three desserts. 'Cant have coffee this late at night without dessert' they said. Such a lovely gesture.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written October 1, 2014
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  • Dabs profile photo Dabs
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Motel One Market Street: Fabulous location, comfortable hotel

Even booking in February, I found August hotel rates to be quite high but they were more reasonable in February than they were closer to my travel. I had originally booked my 1st two nights at a guest house hoping the other two days would open up, they never did so I ended up booking the Motel One for two nights and then another two nights after cancelling the guesthouse. It ended up being a great decision, the location of this hotel was perfect. The Airbus from the airport drops less than a block away, Waverly Station is just across the street, the Royal Mile is a short uphill climb and Edinburgh Castle not more than a 10 minute walk.

I paid 119£ per night for a single, yes it's steep but it's festival month in Edinburgh! Everyone increases their rates, unless you want to commute in every day, expect to pay a lot in August.

Would absolutely stay here again, they have another location on Princes Street not far away but I prefer the location on Market Street

Someone said this was a boutique hotel, it is decorated in a boutiquey way I suppose but it was very similar to the amenities and comfort level of a Premier Inn. Unlike Premier Inn, they offer free wifi, not just 30 minutes, and they are brown and aqua, not purple.

Toiletries were just bottles and body and hair soap, no bar soap, no hand soap. Every hotel I stayed at on this trip had tea service including this one. None of the hotels, including this one, had a room safe but they all had hair dryers.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 24, 2014
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  • Lennyx profile photo Lennyx
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Braveheart Self Catering Apartment: Away from the Ice Queen's gaze

I think I need to invest in a better camera to capture the real beauty of this self – Catering apartment, located right in the heart of Edinburgh’s many activities. Neither can my pictures fully express the coziness of each room. Locating the apartment wasn’t much of a problem but, my expectations for the place was my biggest problem: well, my mind was resolved for a place where I could lay my head for the night then, maybe go scouting for a proper place the next day.

I wanted anywhere near the Edinburgh Castle. I had fallen in love with the farmers market that appeared there every Saturday morning. It was a treat for me, so that guided my choosing this place. On entering the apartment, the lady in charge of the apartment, Ann, was great! She was waiting for me and my friend, of which rather, a late arrival: we were held up in Amsterdam and our flight to Edinburgh was delayed because of the, 5th of December 2014 storm. So we arrived the apartment late but, Ann was there waiting for us and, showed us to the apartment. Words cannot describe the warmth and the homeliness of this place. We quickly asked for another night but, sadly, the place was already booked for the next day, through to Christmas. Sad

The bathroom was small but powerful and very tidy. I used the word powerful cos; the shower spruced full currents from its pores. I came out feeling refreshed and ready for anything. LOL.

The living/ Kitchen area was very welcoming, with an array of Teas and Coffees ready to be brewed in this well equipped Kitchen which, also had left-behind condiments by other visitors. So, really, all I needed to do was to pop at the Sainsbury next door to pick up some eggs and other breakfast applications and accessories and breakfast was ready to go.

Princes Street was just walk; with column of top shops lining the proposed track for trams to trundle. Although, for now they are plied by the large Lothian buses, sieving shoppers right at the doorsteps of the shops.
So sorted all my shopping in the morning and stopped at Starbucks for a Hot Chocolate, heralding the end of my stay at this fantastic apartment.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Castles and Palaces, Backpacking
  • Written January 30, 2014
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  • mickeyboy07 profile photo mickeyboy07
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Travelodge: Comfy and clean

The Travel lodge we stayed in was one of two named Edinburgh Central.One being in the New Town off Princes St.,ours was in the Old Town just round the corner from the Royal Mile.Its location was perfect for all points of interest and transport connections to buses and the railway station.Clean and comfy rooms with all the extras that Travelodge's usually provide:t.v,kettle,extra pillows etc.Friendly staff,Good views and at a good price.

Ideal location for the tourist.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Budget Travel, Women's Travel
  • Written November 3, 2012
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summary of centrally located: Cheap Guest Houses

Over the years i have stayed at one or two of the hostels while waiting for my transport connection the next morning and there are some good offers around at reasonable prices such as Castle Rock Hostel, Bus Station Backpackers, Brodies hostel, Royal Mile Backpackers, The Hostel, Princes, Street Backpackers, Budget Backpackers and Caledonian Backpackers, all of whom have dorms for less than £15 and all within walking distance of the Castle and Princes Street.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written April 8, 2012

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  • lillibets profile photo lillibets
  • Reviews: 88

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the richmond house: FUN ,FRIENDLY AND FUNKY.

friends booked in and that's how i found out about their thai food in a sumptious restaurant with great garden facilities for those summer evenings. I saw the rooms which were modern yet elegant, typical variable british plumbing but showers were hot and controlled by the room ,always a boon in uk hotels. great location

regent gardens seperate us earthlings from the elite superrich across on regent terrace and road.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Arts and Culture, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Food and Dining
  • Written May 27, 2011

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  • babelic profile photo babelic
  • Reviews: 33

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Self Catering Edinburgh - Royal Mile Apartment: Nice apartment on the Royal Mile

Stayed at this apartment with a group of friends. It was really convenient for us since there are two separate bedrooms and a living room where we could eat breakfast or watch tv on the evening.

Location is good for a tourist. The apartment is on the corner of Royal Mile, next to well-known pub World's End. Easy walk to Holyrood Palace, Castle, Princess Street etc. We walked everywhere!

Facilities are listed on the apartment's website. Everything worked! :) There were some basic things such as salt, sugar etc, washing up liquid and toilet paper provided, which was a nice touch.

The shower was a little tricky to use as the water took some time to adjust to right temperature (it switched between cold and hot at first). The apartment is two flights of quite narrow stairs and no lift.

The building is old and you can see it - the floor may be a little crooked, the stairway narrow etc, but to us that just added to the charm. :)

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Women's Travel, Historical Travel, Family Travel
  • Written February 24, 2011

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  • wiltshireone profile photo wiltshireone
  • Reviews: 1

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James Square Apartments: Poor accommodation and high hidden charges

Stayed in 51/11 of James Square apartments. It ws listed on Festivalapartments.com as James Square 3. Bad start as not met on arrival but had to get a taxi from the train station to another property to pick up the key. So an extra expense there. Then told we had to pay for laundry - £5 each!! The apartment was not the one show on the website but when we phoned about this, told reception could not get hold of the owner. The duvets were so thin we had to use extras from other beds but then worried we could be charged if it was noticed we had moved/used other bedding. Car park was expensive. £7 a day for a space thats allocated to the flat anyway. Mentions its undergruond but its not. Kitchen very sparse so dont attempt to cook anyway. NO oven trays, grill etc. General overview not good as photos showed a much nicer place, different bedrooms etc.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written February 16, 2011

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  • Gili_S profile photo Gili_S
  • Reviews: 4684

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Edinburgh youth hostel

I arrive by train in the morning and went straight to the local Edinburgh youth hostel, it was a short walking trip and no need to read the map, the locals will direct you there anyway without even you needed to ask where it is ;-)

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written November 20, 2009

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  • JessH profile photo JessH
  • Reviews: 561

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GRASSMARKET APARTMENT: Self-Catering Apartment in the Grassmarket!

This apartment was simply fabulous! Located right in the heart of the historic Grassmarket, with a million-dollar view of Edinburgh Caste (click photo to see). I found this place online and as we were visiting during peak-season (Festival season) in August, a self-catering apartment provided much better value for money than staying in a hotel.

Even though you are located right opposite the castle, the Last Drop Pub, etc. the apartment is cleverly designed with the master bedroom as the back of the building, so noise is not an issue even during the Edinburgh Fringe.

The apartment had modern furnishings, was spotlessly clean and had a well-equipped kitchen which we used quite regularly. It sleeps up to 4 persons as there is a sofa bed in the living room as well.

The only disadvantage (if you have heavy luggage or walking difficulties) is that it is on the 2nd floor of a very old building, hence: no elevator. We didn't really mind but after spending 8 hours a day walking around the city, our legs almost couldn't carry us up the two flights of stairs anymore, haha!

From the website:

> Very attractive recently refurbished apartment
> Sitting room with dining area and outstanding views of Edinburgh Castle, double sofa bed, TV with DVD player, radio/cassette/CD player
> Double bedroom (located at the quiet back of the building)
> Bathroom with shower
> Modern fitted kitchen with fridge, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, washing machine
> Towels, sheets, hair dryer, and welcome pack of tea, coffee, etc
> Wireless broadband
> Visitor information pack with maps, guides, etc
> Long term and metered parking nearby
> No smoking, please! Sorry no pets

The photos on the website and true & accurate... you can compare them with my photos here! We would definitely stay here again!

Owner: Mrs Vivienne Cameron.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Family Travel, Business Travel
  • Written October 6, 2009
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  • Findhorn profile photo Findhorn
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Orchard Road: Great homestay / B&B

Tracy and Andy made us feel very welcome in their home, which is more like a homestay than a B&B. Tracy has worked in the tourism industry and knows Scotland very well, so she was very useful for helping us to plan the rest of our tour of Scotland.

Breakfast was self service, which actually suited us as it meant we could get up whenever we felt like it. Good quality cereals, homemade jams, homebaked bread, fruits, yoghurts and good coffee - there was plenty to set us up for the day.

The room is a lovely homely double with some nice little touches like fresh flowers from the garden. The bathroom isn't en suite, but this didn't seem to be a problem for us as we were the only guests (and there's only another single that they use for B&B, so there would never be much demand on the bathroom).

All in all a comfortable stay and a lovely warm welcome. Oh - and it was nicely convenient for the centre of town - just 20 minutes on foot, although we found Stockbridge nearer (about 10 minutes) and with plenty of dinner options for the evening.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written July 28, 2009

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  • Susie31 profile photo Susie31
  • Reviews: 8
Self catering apartments

The following website is one which advertises apartments to rent on a short term basis in Edinburgh - http://www.letinedinburgh.co.uk

Availability will depend on when you plan to visit Edinburgh. New Year and August (due to the Edinburgh festival) are very busy (and expensive)

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written July 8, 2009

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  • al_mary profile photo al_mary
  • Reviews: 595

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Old Town Apartments: Apartment Pics #1

Great time .... the apartment is centrally located
and all major sites are within walking distance.

All the modern amenities that you need are in this great apartment.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Architecture, Castles and Palaces, Historical Travel
  • Written February 5, 2009
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Davenport House: A Wonderful B&B

It is a six bedroom house that used to belong to a wealthy family and is now a bed and breakfast. Since the rooms were less expensive than staying in some of the hotels and it’s half a block away from Queen Street and five minutes walking from downtown, I figured it would be a good idea. It was positively lovely. The staff was welcoming, breakfast was expansive, and the rooms were peaceful and quiet.

Beautifully decorated rooms, modern bathroom facilities. Ian the caretaker was extremely solicitous. We loved it!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Seniors, Gay and Lesbian, Women's Travel
  • Written September 26, 2008
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  • el_el profile photo el_el
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Hot-el-Apartments http://www.hot-el-apartments.com: Hot-el-Apartments stay

hi there!
just to give yous heads up to stay with these guys. stayed 3 times in glasgow and 4 times in edinburgh - mostly for fun weekends :) these guys do serviced apartments so you pay for a flat. it's quite cool - we stayed in 6 and worked out very well pricewise.
http://www.hot-el-apartments.com is their website - you can see some pictures etc. flats are very nice looking, brand new and very clean. nice and helpfull staff - shamil is the best :) (in glasgow)
well worth having a look and giving it a go. enjoy your stay! btw; partying in glasgow is the best! :) and shopping!

not sure if that's the way to include a link, but i'll give it a go:
http://www.hot-el-apartments.com
Hot-el-Apartments

great views in edinburgh - just at the waterfront
city centre location in glasgow - extremly handy for shops, clubs and train stations
gym membership access

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Family Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written July 21, 2008

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