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“Nice family home out of the city”

15 Merchiston Gardens
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15 Merchiston Gardens
Ranked #334 of 444 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Nice family home out of the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

We stayed here for a total of 6 nights with a 2 night break in the middle while we went on a tour. We found this place lovely and very homely. This is not a hotel it is a family home so anyone looking for glitz and glamour look in the city. It is located in a quiet street and not far from the city which can be accessed rather easily by bus. The couple that own this place are lovely and made us feel very welcome when we did see them. It was confusing at times when you needed to speak to someone but all in all we had a lovely time and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

15 Merchiston Gardens is a bit of a conundrum, to be honest. For a bit of context, we travelled as a couple for a long weekend at the Fringe during mid-August, staying for a total of four nights. After struggling to find available rooms in the city, we stumbled upon this place via an agent website. At £139 per night it was a bit on the expensive side, but as we were running out of options and, having already booked our trains, didn’t want to forgo our much-anticipated trip and paid one night’s rate as a deposit.

Realising we wouldn’t be getting there until way past midnight as we were booked on an evening train, we contacted the owners (via the booking agent) and asked if someone would be up at that time, or if they could leave a key somewhere. All credit to them, arrangements were made for our keys to be left outside for when we got there – which they were.

Apparently, the owners like to “personally check in all our guests”. Obviously this wasn’t feasible given we arrived at 1am, but naturally we assumed we’d get a knock on the door or a friendly welcome note left. Nope, nothing. During our stay we had no contact with the owners whatsoever – nobody told us where things were, nobody told us what time we had to check out by or anything – we were pretty much left to work it out for ourselves. The only person we ever saw was the teenage hired cleaner, who knocked on the door on the morning of our departure to ask (in broken English) how we’d like to pay. Charming.

The website paints it as the epitome of luxury, which I’m afraid it’s just not. Some red paint and a few scatter cushions does not equal luxury. The room is referred to as a “suite” – it’s not a suite, it’s just a bedroom. Don’t get me wrong, it was perfectly adequate, but unfortunately not the sumptuous house of indulgence it claims to be. According to the website, “gorgeous fluffy” bathrobes are provided, I assume to cover modesty when making the dash across the hallway to the SHARED bathroom. (We were fully aware we were sharing a bathroom before we stayed, but it doesn’t exactly scream luxury.) These were nowhere to be seen. Also, if having “every sensory detail […] carefully refined to be just right” means being woken at 7am by screaming children, then I’d rather have my sensory details unrefined, thanks. (Again, we were fully aware there were children – we just assumed they’d been told to curb the noise around the guests.)

It seemed that to the owners, 15 Merchiston Gardens is first and foremost a family home, and a B&B as an afterthought to make use of a few spare bedrooms. Before and during our stay, we were constantly reminded that it’s their family home, and provided with a seemingly never-ending list of services they’re unable to provide because of this. Technically it’s just a ‘B’ – breakfast isn’t included in the price, only continental is offered and you have to eat it in your room – with no table or chairs. Which is fine, because I LOVE toast crumbs in my bed. Luckily, there’s a burger van on the way into the city, which does an excellent bacon sandwich for £1.50.

Our stay here was perfectly adequate, but a far cry from what it was made out to be. If you do stay here, expect a 40-45 minute walk into the city (not 20-25 as advertised, unless you’re an Olympic sprinter); expect to not see or hear anyone, except when they want to take your money; expect to be thought of as little more than an inconvenience infringing on a family home; and do expect the so-called “luxury” to be slightly fraying at the edges. Do not expect to feel “completely at home”, as the website promises. You’ve been warned.

They do have a nice cat though.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Western Ireland, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

My wife and I had a lovely 2 day stay at 15 Merchiston Gardens in Edinburgh. We were made very welcome and our accommodation was excellent. The renovated Victorian house has large comfortable rooms and the laid back atmosphere was very welcome.
The residence is within a easy 25 minute stroll of central Edinburgh and there are several good restaurants on Morningside road which is a 5 minute walk from this residence.
All in all a very pleasant stay .

Room Tip: The Glenturret Suite has a large ensuite bath/shower room.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portimao, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

All of family stay at merchiston for 1 day we have amazing stay in suite room. Had size big bed and beautiful bathroom. Children's of the house were really lovely to our children's and making us feel so very special. Russ and lorna people of the house thank you for very special memories if only for 1 day..

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Faro, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

very beautiful house with many amazing painitings. very kind family hosts and adorable cat. we were very very happy staying in this place with our family and we will very much recommend it. bit far for young child to walk to center but perfect for adults or with buggy or easy in taxi 8 euro

Room Tip: my family used all rooms. all beautiful
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Sahuarita, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

My husband, baby and I stayed 2 nights in the Glenturret suite and loved it! It is a beautifully decorated home with a red staircase and tons of artwork on the walls. It had a classy yet homey feel and was affordably priced. I definitely recommend staying here!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

Me and my girlfriend stayed here through late rooms. The accommodation was lovely, very clean and plenty of character. For visiting Edinburgh it's perfect as long as you don't mine a 15 minute walk to the centre, but there are plenty of buses if the weather isn't great. Would definitely stay here again and recommend to a friend.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: 15 Merchiston Gardens
Address: 15 Merchiston Gardens, Edinburgh EH10 5DD, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #334 of 444 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Hotel Class:2 star — 15 Merchiston Gardens 2*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
No 15 is a beautiful bed and breakfast in a wonderful residential suburb of edinburgh, just a 10 minute bus ride or 25-30 minute walk to Princes Street and the castle. There is free wifi. There are lots of fabulous restaurants close by plus wonderful shops. The house has 3 gorgeous bedrooms, all furnished with genuine antiques, persian rugs and wonderful deep sprung mattresses ensuring a peaceful deep night's sleep. Parking is free all weekend and from 5.30pm to 8.30am each week day. There is totally free parking all week just 400 metres from the B&B. This is a family home with 3 young children, who can be noisy in the mornings so ideally suited to those who want to experience life in a scottish household and want a lovely immaculately clean room and really friendly hosts. Continental breakfast is served to your room by breakfast tray on request for £5.00 per person. All credit card payments are subject to a 2.5% charge. We always try to check in all guests personally but having children does mean that sometimes we can't always be home but your key will always be available in the key safe so please let us know your arrival time where possible or call on arrival if there is no immediate answer at the door. We are strictly non-smoking. Our aim is to help you have a lovely visit to Edinburgh and one that you will always remember and look forward to coming back to. Please note that our latest check in time is 9pm unless prior arrangements have been made. Late check in is usually possible but only when we know about it before hand. ... more   less 
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