We booked a self-catering apartment with Thistle Residence for our 3 night stay. The apartment is in in a good location on the Royal Mile, and has one double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and sitting room with TV and free wifi.
The challenge was finding our way in. We were sent detailed instructions by email. These explained that the entrance is in Borthwicks Close, and that the main entrance had an entry code (stated in the email). We found Borthwicks Close (a narrow alley), and an anonymous looking door with a keypad. However the code didn't work. We looked to see whether there was another door with a keypad, but there wasn't. At this point, someone opened the door to come out of the building so were were able to get in, and proceed to stage 2, extracting the key to our apartment from the key box on the back of the door. This entailed using another code, and breaking a fingernail or two, but we extracted the key eventually, and proceeded upstairs to the apartment.
After this initial hitch, everything was fine. There was a key to the street door on the ring with the apartment key so we didn't have to risk the keypad again.
The apartment is very comfortable, and decorated in a country style (lots of pink and yellow).
It is at the top of building, reached by a steep staircase, with no lift, so it's not ideal for anyone with mobility problems.
If you can't be bothered to make your own breakfast, there is a Cafe Nero branch practically next door.
It has wooden floors, which are probably fine in summer, but a bit draughty in the winter. I would definitely stay here again, but only in warm weather.
It cost us £200 for a three night stay for two people in March 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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 ;-)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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:
great views in edinburgh - just at the waterfront
city centre location in glasgow - extremly handy for shops, clubs and train stations
gym membership access
just checked out Scots Guards Hote. (was given a tour). Very nice, but prices start at £60 per person which is pricey. hAS ALL THE MEMORABILIA AVAILABLE TO SEE RE. HISTORY OF THE REGIMENT, BUT...
just round the corner, in a lovely georgian street, are plethora of guest houses/hotels to find out about. These are
The Angus Hotel
Beresford Guest House
The above are very popular with visitors. Let me know if you can/can't get info on them.
We were not sure what to expect after we booked the Newington Lodge as it was the least expensive B&B that we could find in Edinburgh, However Susan greatly surpassed our expectations. Our room was large and well appointed with a comfortable bed tea making facilities a t.v. and a large en-suite bath. Breakfast was served every morning in our room which was perfect for leisurly preparing for our day while enjoying breakfast. The lodge as you could guess by the name is in the Newington area of south Edinburgh a mere 5 min buss ride to waverly station. The building itself was a nice old pice of architechre and intrestingly enough fronts onto an old graveyard. Newington Lodge was a perfect base for our wonderfull Scottish experience.
Fronts onto an old grave yard.
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