We have just returned from a two-night stay in Edinburgh. The Cambridge House b&b might have been okay for a budget stay in a city centre vicinity, but as the price we paid (due to Hogmanay celebrations) was an extortionate 279 pounds for the two-night stay, we were very disappointed. Maybe it is the price level that is normal around the two main events in Edinburgh, but the accommodation is basic and is not worth it.
A major complaint which I have about our stay is not only for the hotel’s owner but also for booking.com who administered the booking: I think we were not provided properly the information about this booking. In the process of booking the room description says that it is a “Double room with private bathroom” (I did not click on the detailed description); the booking confirmation said the same in a normal font and only in a small font that "the bathroom is situated outside the room, but is private to this room". Guess what? I did not read the small font on the confirmation and, as I have never ever stayed in a hotel with amenities OUTSIDE, I was rather shocked to see I had to pass by two other rooms to get to the bathroom. rather inconvenient. The owner pointed out to me the small font on the printed booking confirmation – which I accept is there.
Apart from this our impressions:
- Close to the city centre and the Waverley train station - 15-20 minute walk
- Good proximity to the restaurants in Leith
- Polite and helpful owner
- Modern bathroom with good shower and good water pressure
- Nice towels, decent quality bedlinen
- A very comfortable bed
- Tea&coffee facilities in the room; hairdryer, etc.
- A strong smell of spicy food in common areas – present at all times
- The duvet cover had some unexplainable brownish streaks/stains in a couple of places – did not complain at once as the linen has patterns and I only noticed the stains in the bright daylight before the checkout; I was not sure the duvet cover gets changed - luckily there was a clean white top sheet being used.
- Cold room – whilst the radiator was on full blast all the time, the room is cold (top attic floor). There is double glazing but it’s a very thing glass frame/pack with little insulation and also some gaps in the frame – as the headboard is back to the window, on a windy night (which it was) you can actually feel the cold wind whilst in bed.
- On the second night the water in the shower was only lukewarm.
- The place is reasonably clean but far from being spotless clean. Black long female hairs in several places.
- Both our door and the door to the bathroom were squeaking badly - I assume we did bother other residents on our trips to the outside bathroom at night/early morning.
- We did not try their breakfast. In my view, a place cannot call itself bed&breakfast if it charges extra for it. UK generally has many wonderful B&Bs to be used as an example.
Overall, I still rate Cambridge house b&b as average – if you pay the regular price. But for an average of 140 pounds per night I expect much more.
- Also Known As:
- Cambridge House Hotel Edinburgh
- Cambridge House Hotel
- Cambridge House Edinburgh, Scotland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WELCOME TO CAMBRIDGE HOUSEYour Home away from home located in the heart of Edinburgh. Cambridge House Central Edinburgh was built in 1880. Located conveniently close to the main shopping area (Princes Street) and the (Royal Mile) it offers quality accommodation. Cambridge House is the ideal base whether you are travelling for leisure or on business. ... more less
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