Wonderful stay at Southside
We recently celebrated our tenth anniversary in Scotland, and began our vacation in Edinburgh at Southside. Lynn was very kind in arranging flowers and wine for our room, which was comfortable and immaculately clean. Our room was large enough to include a small sofa, and the bath was far larger than we expected. Very nice art on the walls, and all of the furnishings tastefully done. Breakfasts were excellent, and Franco pampered me with delicious lattes. Both of our hosts were very helpful and welcoming. We used both buses and taxis, which were reasonable in price, although in good weather it's a very pleasant walk to the Royal Mile. If we are fortunate enough to return to Edinburgh, we would most certainly hope to stay at Southside again.
I would definitely return to Southside!
My husband and I spent three nights at Southside, in Room #8.
We loved the room, and 'do agree with another reviewer that some additional ventilation would be appropriate.
'Enjoyed being in an area with a large park and neighborhood streets that allowed for casual strolling.
The breakfasts were absolutely fantastic. Fresh fruit! 'Special' breakfast items every day! Local cheeses! An espresso machine so that I could have a decadent caffe latte every morning! And the help we received with our "Taste of Scotland" short break package, transportation, maps and directions to various sights...all of this attention to detail made our stay there one of the most enjoyable of our holiday.
We told our hosts that we certainly plan to return. And we will!
This is a Guest House with STYLE!
Having stayed in plenty of overpriced and overrated B & B accommodation, Southside demonstrated that it is possible to find a genuine 5 Star Guest House in a tourist hotspot. Our four-poster room with terrace was extremely stylish and comfortable, whilst also spotlessly clean. Our hosts were very kind and welcoming.
The breakfasts were exceptional with real care and effort made to provide local produce and variety on the menu with a special addition each day (Venison sausages, Pancakes & strawberries and smoked salmon & scrambled eggs were the specials on the days we were there).
Our mid-week three night stay in October represented very good value for money. The city centre was a short walk away although there were plenty of eating and drinking options even closer.
We would recommend Southside without hesitation.
Southside - A Perfect Haven!
We stayed at this wonderful B&B over the weekend 5th-8th November. Franco & Lynne welcomed us warmly, seeming like old friends, particularly as they had been kind enough to answer questions regarding 'what to do' & 'where to eat' prior to our trip, so that we could make the most of our visit.
Our room (No.8 - a four poster) was very comfortable, and accessible (being on the ground floor) and was nicely decorated. (Our only grumble, if we had to give one, would be for them to raise the TV up from it's current position, to enable you to view it comfortably from the bed!)
Breakfast was really lovely, relaxed atmosphere, and great food!! As others have said previously, there is a 'daily' special, which included, scrambled eggs & Scottish smoked salmon, and also 'haggis'!
Having driven to Southside, Lynne expressed concern at the availability of parking nearby, but we were fortunate to find a 'metered' space around the corner which was 'free' over the weekend, but remember to 'top up' on the Sunday evening, and throughout the day during the week, from 08.30-17.30.
We used buses and taxis whilst we were there, and found both to be reasonable. Southside is a little outside of town, but well serviced, particularly by the buses, which pass every few minutes (single fare 80p).
The B&B is also situated in an area with an abundance of good, local, reasonably priced restaurants (all tastes catered for!) We visited a 'Thai' Restaurant opposite the B&B called 'The Wild Elephant’ during our stay, and whilst it did not look much from the outside, we can truly say that our meal was amazing!!! Given that we have eaten 'Thai' in 'top end' restaurants in Manchester, the food here was exceptionally good value, cooked to 'taste' (i.e., we were asked the desired strength of curry). It was also presented beautifully, and served in a courteous manner. Obviously a 'little gem' frequented by a small clientele, and 'informed' students from the local University.
All in all, we had a wonderful 3 night break, being able to visit the 'Playhouse' to see Michael Bublé, go to ‘Meadowbank Stadium’ for the fireworks display, walk the ‘Royal Mile’, and have a drive out of town across the Forth Road Bridge to Perth & Pitlochry. Southside was a ‘perfect’ haven to return to, and we hope to return once again in the future for another visit. In the meantime, we will certainly recommend it to family & friends, and hope that this review also proves helpful to those considering giving Edinburgh and ‘Southside’ a visit!
As is evident from the other reviews this is a fantastic guest house which can not be faulted. My friend and I stayed here for Hogmanay and had an absolutely lovely time.
The hosts, Franco and Lynne were friendly and really paid attention to detail in every aspect of their service. The house and rooms were beautiful, clean and very comfortable, and breakfasts delicious. Southside Guest House is not too far from the centre of town: buses are very regular (10 min @ 80p) and the walk is not as far as it looks - abt 15-20 min.
Edinburgh is a delightful city, would recommend a weekend up there.
Wonderful stay: we didn't want to leave!
We have just returned from a short break at this excellent guest house. Southside is a beautiful georgian building which has been lovingly restored in a contemporary style.
The owners are incredibly friendly and there are lots of special touches to delight you, such as a choice of cappuchino, espresso, latte etc with breakfast rather than a standard filter coffee, a "Special" for breakfast every day (e.g. smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and there is of course the usual cooked and continental choices which even had home baked pastries!), DVD player in every room, library of DVD's and books to borrow, chocolate next to your bed every evening and large bottles of shower gel, moisturiser etc in the bathroom. There was even an iron and ironing board in the wardrobe: nothing is scrimped on here!
We had the Mackintosh Suite which has a four poster bed and a three seater sofa in the huge bay window. The walls are lined with beautiful drawings: Picasso is obviously a favourite of the owners. It was so lovely that it was hard to drag ourselves away each morning to go into town.
Overall I would say this is probably the best B&B we have ever stayed in: the only down side is that by recommending it so wholeheartedly, they may not have room when we decide to return!
Great guest house
This is a great guest house and lovely owners; they could not be more helpful. Rooms, decor etc superb. Breakfast also. This is how a guest house should be run (and I have stayed in plenty).
Superb Stay at Southside
A big thank you to Franco and Lynne for such a pleasant few days stay at the Southside on my first visit to Edinburgh. A lovely comfortable room with a really comfortable bed, superb decor and furnishings throughout and a wonderful healthy and substantial breakfast to start the day. Franco and Lynne are very welcoming, friendly and helpful. There are lots of good eating places for evening meals just across the road and round the corner. I shall certainly return to the Southside.
Marvellous to return to an exceptional guesthouse
This was our second visit to Southside and once more we were very impressed. The room we had (This time the Terrace 4-Poster) was very atmospheric and pleasant. Having the Terrace was also a nice little extra. Bathroom was spotless with everything we needed, Widescreen TV/DVD player plus free DVDs to borrow can help to make the evenings fly by.
Breakfast should be recommended to everyone of course as its exceptional and very tasty. The hosts are also incredibly friendly and helpful - on check-in I asked about a nice Chinese restaurant in the area and their suggestion (Jasmine - really tasty seafood and great service) was great, and even better they lent us a review book which shows how much further they go than is entirely necessary. The hosts treat you like a personal friend rather than just a guest which is really great.
For the price of the room, compared to the quality of service, I can't but recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Edinburgh.
Fabulous and friendly ... just leave your car at home
The best bed and breakfast I've stayed in in Edinburgh - or possibly anywhere!
The owners are friendly and helpful and the breakfasts are fabulous. The rooms are spotlessly clean, stylish and have a luxurious touch, perfect for a romantic weekend. TV and DVD player in each room and DVDs to borrow if Edinburgh night life isn't enough for you.
I think it was well worth the money.
The one that that spoiled my stay was out of the hands of the Southside owners - and that is the irritating parking restrictions in Edinburgh. There is nowhere to park your car near the B&B for longer than 4 hours. And despite having purchased a pay and display sticker we still got a ticket! Maddening. A few streets away there is unrestricted parking - get there early and find a space.
I say forget your car- get the train in - the local buses are superb (£2 for an all-day ticket) and it's only a few pounds in a taxi to princes street. We actually did a bit of a pub crawl and walked to the Southside from Victoria Street on Friday night. it's not that far out of town really.
I would ask the owners to maybe review their website directions too - it gives directions to local roundabouts and junctions that aren't signposted on the bypass. Directions to A roads might have been better.Though had we brought a map that might have helped! Yes definitely leave the car at home! It's very easy to find from the city centre.
All in all a lovely place to stay - just take a holiday from driving too.
Princess str. Garden
Grave -the cage is to ward off bodysnatchers!
Princes St and beyond from atop Calton Hill
Anyone know a good nightclub in edinburgh for a hen party?
I need a club for my sisters hen party which has 60, 70s, 80 etc and some modern music too. Pref somewhere not too expensive but that has a nice friendly atmosphere, also that has a late 20s age range i.e. no student bars. A late opening bar with a dancefloor could also be useful. any ideas please let me know. Thanks
RE: Anyone know a good nightclub in edinburgh for a hen party?
Head to George Street but don't overdo the fancy dress as doormen won't let you in the bars. The place that best fits your description would be.....
Time Nightclub. 24a Frederick Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 2JR. T. 0131 220 1226
Couldn't find a website and I've not been in there for a few years but if you don't fancy this then there is PoNaNas, Opal Lounge, Why Not, Tokyo, Prive Council within the area.
If your after the full on type of Hen Party then head for the 3 Sisters down the Grass Market.