Ideally situated on a direct bus route to central Edinburgh inc access to Edinburgh Castle, Royal Botanic Gardens and central shopping areas. The 3p20d fare gives you all day bus transport on Lothian Buses.
The Minto Hotel, recommended by a local passerby, was a great find. Great service from the young staff, good beer and food and the 2 for 1 meal offers made it even more attractive.
Adviised that we should unload luggage at front of establishment before parking at rear. Pointed out that this would mean parking in a bus lane. Was allowed to bring luggage through 'private' area. However when departing had to take luggage around to rear -approx 100yards
Staff at the Ivy, husband and wife, were ever willing to assist however even written details relative to requests were mistaken.
On arrival we were asked if we had any dietary requirements ; we had none. At breakfast we were surprised to find that the set menu was devoid of any meats. This establishment can cater for up to approx 20 guests which explains why the hot courses were provided via self service from the buffet. However it did no excuse the food being luke warm – cool. Caused by food being placed into ‘warmers’ without any covering.
Perusal of the Ivy website revealed that the breakfast was advised there however as we booked several months in advance ,the site appears to be more recently updated and we had not been advised.
All in all attention to the foregoing and small matters, such as a vacuum cleaner on 1st floor landing late in the day and better liaison between staff would make this establishment one that could compare favourably with other similar B&B’s. The use of the Ivy theme from ivy covered walls and an ivy ‘basket’ outside and the beautifully matched ivy crockery inside, together with an extensive tourism brochure rack, shows that it can be achieved.
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