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Just returned from 3 nights in this superbly located hotel. Again, no sign of the cigarette smoke! Our room was on the first floor of the adjoining building and being in the front was a tad noisy from the main road below...but you could see the sea from the window. The room was large and very welcoming, and the double bed was massive and very comfortable: we usually steer clear of double beds as they are often small and have a dip in the middle.Agree with the earlier review that a towel rail would have been useful but then the hot radiator made up for it.The included cooked breakfast was fine and a painless way to try a little haggis. Reception area and lounge was warm (-7ºC outside)and welcoming and staff were friendly and helpful.
The location is outstanding:5mins to the station,5 mins to the multiplex cinema, and 5 mins to the lovely Cafe Royal Pub in West Register Street: a great place for a pub meal or a 'wee dram' before turning in, and also to marvel at the wall covered in Doulton tiled panels. Also try the Abbotsford pub in Rose Street nearby for its island bar and wood panelling.
All in all a great hotel to stay in for a short break.
We have just returned from 2 nights here and can say that the location was absolutely perfect. It was our third stay in Edinburgh to do our Christmas shopping and this hotel is superbly located to do just that.
The room (J59) was clean and very, very warm even with the window open all night and no heating on! Not that we're complaining it was 3 degrees outside.
As said on other comments before the bathrooms could do with a towel rail but we'l forgive them for that small omission.
The staff were pleasant and efficient, but never seemed too overly welcoming (had worse, but have had better...)
The breakfast £8.50 continental and £12.50 full scottish, was quickly prepared with excellent service. The continental was the better option as you could eat as much as you wanted and it had plenty of choice. The full scottish was a little on the sparse side with one sausage, one rasher of bacon, one mushroom cut into four, a tomato, egg, haggis and a potato cake. There was a vegetariam option which had a Quorn sausage, too.
Overall a pleasant hotel, which we found to be clean, warm, in an excellent location, even if we never got to sit by the fire in the reception area having a wee dram...
PS: no smell of smoke at all, just a nice old hotel smell, warm and inviting.
A Jewel in Edinburgh's Crown
Having stayed in several hotels in Edinburgh on my business trips, I have at last found a hotel worthy of my patronage. The first thing to strike you is the welcoming fire in the reception area.
My room, on the ground floor, was almost perfection. Lovely big bed, spotless bathroom with a great shower and the lack of a towel rail is the only criticism. The flat screen tv was a joy, and what a treat to have a freshly cooked breakfast instead of the (usually) stodgy "buffet". The price was unbelievable (through an internet hotel provider) - less than a Travelodge or Travel Inn.
We arrived at the hotel earlier than our check-in time(our plan was to drop of luggage)Our room was already done so we got it two hours earlier than planned.The lady on reception could have been a little more welcoming but the rest of the staff made up for her. The housekeepers were very polite and always had a smile on their face and gave the impression that they were pleased to see you. The room was a lovely size and spotless. the shower was one of the best that we have had in a hotel. There was quite a lot of noise from the main road but this was a small price to pay. We ate in the hotel restaurant one evening, and although the staff could not have been more courtious the food was not quite up to the standard of the hotel. On the morning we left we asked the lady on reception (a different lady to the one on our arrival) if we could leave our luggage till later in the afternoon, this was no problem at all . All in all we had a very enjoyable stay at this hotel and we would certainly stay there again.
A Little Gem
What a hidden gem this hotel is. I took my parents to Edinburgh for a short mid-week break (3 nights in fact), and we all thought the hotel was superb.
The locaion is ideal, right in the heart of the city just off Princes street, also with only 50 odd rooms the hotel has a warm homely feel to it.
The staff were all very friendly, the food in the Bistro restaurant superb (they had some special offers on too when we stayed which turned out to be very good value for money).
Both our rooms were modern, clean and comfortable my only slight criticism would be the glass shower screen that could make it awkward to get out of the bath.
The age range when we stayed tended to be young to elderly couples, didn't notice any families at all really.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone planning a short break to Edinburgh.
Strange small hotel in need of refurbishment in odd location. Food ok but cooked breakfast portions were small. Reception staff abrupt/could have been more helpful. First room looked directly onto graveyard! Provisions in room (eg tea/coffee & toiletries) were scant & of poor quality. Woken three times in the night by drunken guests. Complained & moved to second room which was slightly better but had hairs in the bath like the first one! No proper bar or restaurant. Disappointed & would not return.
Good Value, Great Location
My wife and I stayed here for one night in early feb 2006 and we enjoyed our stay. We were up for Nick cave's concert at the Playhouse Theatre and this hotel was just a short walk away from the theatre. It's also really close to Calton Hill (if you want to get a good view over Edinburgh) and is a stone's throw from Princes St.
The rooms were very plush, the bed was comfortable and the breakfast was pretty hearty. If you want to be close to the Playhouse or the city then this is the place for you.
don't expect the ritz
Arrived Monday afternoon, and was met with a professional receptionist, friendly, but professional. Initial impression was favourable, pleasant reception area, informative receptionist. the room we were allocated was one of 6 on the lower floor, downstairs from reception. there is a lift for you and your luggage (or legs after walking around Edinburgh all day). The room contained a double bed, 2 singles put together, a desk and seating area. There was a very basic TV without satellite or wake up facilities, no radio. and a telephone, it took us 2 days to find the tea and cofee facilities. The room book said it was under the T/V , it was in the bottom drawer of the desk. There was a window that overlooked a gravelled area, this was surrounded on all sides by high buildings allowing minimal natural light in. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom contained usual facilities and a jet bath, it was fitted for disabled useage and that was a big plus point, even though neither my partner nor myself are actualy disabled. And so to bed on the first night, every time somebody on the uper floors flushed the toilet, emptied a bath, had a shower, the noise of the water going down the drains was phenominal. This happened a few times during the night, (at one point I had to feel sorry for the person with little bowel control). Maybe it was just that room, but ask for one higher in the building. we did not complain as I doubt the hotel could actually do anything.
Breakfast was available as a Continental or full Scottish (inluding Haggis), portions were adequate. one sausage, one slice of bacon, one egg, etc..
we stayed for 3 nights, been in better hotels, but it was within walking distance of all the main facilities, and the Station.
More pics of Edinburgh
It was as good as destroyed in the 18th century, but it is now restored.
The capital and the eight medallions has the royal arms of Britain, Scotland, England and Ireland and the arms of Edinburgh, Leith, Canongate and Edinburgh University on it.
The Mercat cross is situated next to St Giles church.
On top of the Mercat Cross is an unicorn with the scottish flag.
Nice view through a close
Home of a rich merchant in the 17th century, now owned by the National Trust.
Shopping at Jenners a joy to the eye.
At the end of a busy day it is nice to relax next to the fireplace in Parliament House Hotel.
One night in Edinburgh?!
I've just being trying to book up a night in Edinburgh for August Bank Holiday - no mean feat in itself!! I've eventually managed to find a room at the Parliament House Hotel - it looks a bit 'twee' but if anyone knows of it & can confirm if we've done ok then I'd appreciate it.
Also, I've been to Edinburgh before but my girlfriend hasn't so any thoughts on where we should go to make an evening out of it? I've been up Princes Street before and also ventured into Grassmarket but we've only got one night at it so we want to see as much as we can.
RE: One night in Edinburgh?!
why not try one of the mercat tours. these are tours done mostly at time time, but they are edinburgh history tours about the darker side of edinburgh, ghost tours, underneath city faults which were closed due to the plague etc, very theatrical and grown up but really good fun, not boreing. try logging onto www.mercattours.co.uk, or book in edinburgh at the tron. some tours go into pubs along the way. a good restaurant to try is the buffaloe grill in chapel street, take your oen wine/beer, good atmosphere but you have to book in advance, or there is rose street, wall to wall pubs/restaurants, if you want a pub crawl, gets really busy.
RE: One night in Edinburgh?!
why not try one of the mercat tours. these are tours done mostly at night time, but they are edinburgh history tours about the darker side of edinburgh, ghost tours, underneath city faults which were closed due to the plague etc, very theatrical and grown up but really good fun, not boreing. try logging onto www.mercattours.co.uk, or book in edinburgh at the tron. some tours go into pubs along the way. a good restaurant to try is the buffaloe grill in chapel street, take your oen wine/beer, good atmosphere but you have to book in advance, or there is rose street, wall to wall pubs/restaurants, if you want a pub crawl, gets really busy.