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Masson House Hotel & Bistro
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

We stayed for 2 nights at the Salisbury Green Hotel as part of a conference organised by the British Association of Paper Historians. We were lucky in that we were allocated one of the largest and best rooms at the hotel. The only problem is that you had to be reasonably fit to carry luggage up to the third floor. There was no porterage available as check-in is at the Masson House Hall some 100 metres away. However the room was large with a settee and large double bed; it also had a large bathroom with a free standing bath with a separate shower one of the best rooms we've stayed in. This was completely different from any other campus hotel we've stayed in, but, note some of the other rooms at the hotel were much smaller. My wife particularly enjoyed the bath making use of it at least 4 times during our stay
Breakfast was quite frenetic as the breakfast room is small but we had no problem. The staff at the hotel were very attentive during the conference meals etc and the food was very good. The grounds and the situation was such that we had a good night's sleep even with the window open.
The campus is about 400 metres from Holyrood Park if you want to have a walk and see the city from high ground. The city centre is a mile or more away but there is a regular bus service from the road directly outside the Hotel (no need to go via the university entrance).
The campus was full of students when we stayed but we were not really aware of them except when we walked round the campus. There is parking outside the hotel (limited) and a main car park (free) about 50 metres away
In conclusion this is a pleasant alternative venue compared to staying in the city centre 0

Room Tip: If you are English and have a bus pass, be prepared to pay on the buses, as they are not valid in Scotland
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

This place is part of edinburgh university's pollock halls site, which looks like a well kept campus of student accomodation. Masson House seems to be mostly reserved for conference people and the public, but I think there were also some students living in the building. There is a reception in the building (24 hr I think), and security is good, with a fob for all the main entrances.
The room itself is a bit average. There's not quite enough room for all the furniture, and the ensuite is a wet room. That in itself isn't a rediculous idea, but the shower curtain has a pattern of tiny holes, so the whole room gets quite wet. I reccomend you leave nothing in the en-suite that you want dry when you get out the shower. The pillows aren't great either. Those are the worst things about the whole place though, so if you can deal with that you'll enjoy your stay.
Other good things about the accomodation include the excellent breakfast - table service for cooked food, large buffet selection for continental and cold options. There is a free to use safe in each room, cleaning service daily, with fresh towels provided. Staff are really friendly and helpful.
Also the location is spot on for Hollyrood park - 5 minute walk to park, and Arthurs Seat/ Salisbury Craggs look great from the campus. Town centre (royal mile/ train station) is a good mile or so away, so expect a 30 - 40 minute walk.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

We really enjoyed our stay for a few days at Salisbury Green. Unusual in many respects. Very impressive building, old 18th century Victorian mansion that looks like a castle. Surrounding grounds with trees and wildlife. Very peaceful. Tucked away in a corner of the University of Edinburgh Pollack Halls grounds. However, we never saw any students near where we were at. Room interiors were nice and spacious. Breakfast on the ground floor had Scottish/English breakfast with multiple choices of items. Good selection of pastries, breads, and cheeses along with a hot breakfast you could order. Breakfast room pleasant and servers attentive. Parking was free and you pretty much have the whole parking area to yourself. There are several good, cheap pubs/restaurants nearby to try. Those staying at the hotel could eat on campus at the student cafe/pub a short walk away - but it was pretty noisy and crowded. Transportation-wise to Edinburgh central is a 20-30 walk depending on where you're going. But just a minute walk from the front door is a bus stop that will take you there as well. The walk to city center was a safe one. In fact, the first night on our way to a ghost tour, we were accompanied by dozens of freshman girls on their way to the enjoy the nightlife only hours after being dropped off by their parents.

A few tips. The hotel might be a bit difficult to find, even with a GPS. You must enter the University gates off Holyrood Park Road and the guards will direct you to the hotel. The reception is in a building next door to the hotel; that helps keep the hotel quiet. The hotel has free wifi that's good and fast. Download the Welcome to Scotland app to your phone and then download the Edinburgh map. It is a very detailed map - you can operate it without wifi using the GPS alone, and it has all the major sites in its database. It was great to track where we were at all times whether on the bus or walking.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank JohnJurik1
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Reviewed 25 September 2012 via mobile

Situated on the University campus Masson House gives great value for money. Rooms smaller than a budget hotel chain but in some ways more pleasant.

Close to the old town and a short walk or bus ride to Princes Street.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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1  Thank Ecotrend
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

this was mine and my boyfriends first weekend staying over in Edinburgh, was quite easy to find the hotel if you are coming up the A68 and go by queens road (by the hill/mountain) as it saves you going right around the busy streets.
when we first arrived we had to check in and get a parking permit in another building, it was only a 30 second drive to our hotel.
First impressions of the hotel was old fashioned, but this is what we saw on the internet, the corridors are like a maze and quite thin at points so take a small bag!!!
We booked a larger than double room, and this we got, the bathroom was huge and the space in the bedroom was fab, however having booked a DOUBLE room we expected a DOUBLE bed, as in the booking there were other choices for twin rooms, single rooms etc... however we got 2 twin beds pushed together so for the £125 a night (we stayed for two) we thought this was slightly overpriced considering i booked this for my boyfriends birthday as well, we did not really want to fall down the middle of the bed during the night, also for the amount of time your in the room.
the beds were comfortable and warm, i would recommend leaving the radiators constantly (bedroom and bathroom) as the rooms were quite chilly. the shower head was very powerful and the bath was larger and wider than a standard!! There was also tea and coffee, iron and trouser press in the room, if you are staying longer than a couple of days i would take more hangers as there was only 5 in the cupboard and we had to fight for the last one!!
Breakfast was served between 7.30-10 and after reading previous reviews we were expecting a bit of a wait, we went along both mornings between 8.30-9 and we were seated straight away. with my self being a vegetarian i was impressed as they catered for me as well as my meat loving boyfriend!! quite large portions but stay away from the poached egg, it was like a hard boiled with the shell off, scrambled egg was beautiful though!! there was a large choice of continental food as well: cereals, fresh fruit, pastries, juices and teas. the staff at breakfast were brilliant and very friendly!!
The hotel is a 20 min walk into princes street etc, however if you are not much of a walker there is a bus stop outside the hotel which is £1.40 for a single or £3.50 for a day ticket. there is a gate right next to the entrance of the hotel which closes at 1AM if you are staying out late you'll have to enter back in the grounds by the main entrance (the way you came in with the car).
There is a lovely and reasonably priced pub just across the road called the Salisbury Arms, we went here for a few drinks, the cocktails are beautiful!! and we went here for one night for food, my boyfriend got beer battered fish, chips and mushy peas with 3 sauces, and i ordered the grilled salmon on a bed of crushed herb and garlic potatoes with a tomato like sauce and rocket along with 2 drinks between us came to £32.00.
Pints of lager in the city centre range between £4-£5, and spirit with mixer is quite similar.
I would defiantly go back to Edinburgh but would maybe try and stay somewhere else as the rooms did seem a bit dusty, i could see a string of dust/web hanging from the ceiling in two different places and on the day we were leaving i saw a large woodlouse looking bug crawling up the wall. I just hope it crawled under the door during the night and not been with us for the whole stay!!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 4 which was close to the cleaners room and the door for their room was left open for quite a few hours on our second night which gave a horrible draft, also could hear pipes dunno if this was just other rooms using the showers or the cleaning room next door.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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