My stay here was for a one week sightseeing tour and it reminded me pretty much of my own study time. The houses were mostly very new, I got to stay in Ewing house. It was clean and had everything I needed. The staff was at all occasions friendly and went out of their way to help.
I can only confirm the statements about the breakfast: plenty, fresh and of good quality. What I can't confirm are the stories of the "battlefield like conditions" quoted in other reviews. It was all very civilized and I always got a table all for myself (which might be due to the fact that I did not visit during festival season).
The same goes for the restaurant / bar on the premises. Prices are more than reasonable (8,75 for Salmon, new potatoes and green asparagus, all fresh and well prepared) and the food is excellent. Should have gone there earlier, instead of spending 20 GBP on a burger in the old town. Well...
Internet on the room (cabled) sets you back 15 pounds, which I found acceptable. Transmission speeds are good, connection is reliable. (I used it with a wireless router that I brought myself to be able to connect my iPad.)
You feel very safe in this complex as it is guarded and (during my stay) quiet, no traffic noises apart from the sirens of a close by hospital and police station and the guy who was mowing the lawn all morning right underneath my window. But those are the little things that you need to take with a little humor. Those carefully kept green areas on the premises don't cut themselves.
Note that it is 20-30 minutes of walking to the Royal Mile, if you have to do that every day it can wear you down a little. So the taxis that you usually find right in front of the reception are a welcome sight and fares (7 GBP to the Royal Mile) are quite acceptable if you don't want to bother with buses, like me. The flatrate agreement from Pollock Halls to the Airport of 20 GBP is also welcome (I paid 34 on the way in).
There are two supermarkets close by: a Tesco Express and a Sainsbury Local, both within about five minutes walking distance. The next Starbucks is about 10-15 minutes by foot.
Three remarks for improvement: the elevator (my room was on the 4th floor) did not seem very trustworthy and the bed made a lot of noise (squeaking), but those were really minor issues. I would have greatly appreciated a website of their own, with contact information, a Twitter account or anything but could not find any way to get directly in contact with Pollock Halls.
Overall Pollock Halls gets a full and complete recommendation from me.
- Also Known As:
- Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First Hotel
- Pollock Halls - Edinburgh 1st
- Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First Hotel Edinburgh
- First Hotel Edinburgh
- Edinburgh First Hotel
- Edinburgh First
- Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First Scotland
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- Pollock Halls is the perfect choice for larger groups and budget travellers visiting during the spring and summer. Our campus accommodation offers good value in a great location and you can look forward to a hearty breakfast in the Restaurant @ JMCC. Servery lunch and dinner are also available during the summer months. The cafe bar @ JMCC serves good food, fine wine, beers and spirits. ... more less
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