We stayed at the Art-House Morita B&B in July. The B&B and its owners (2 men, Kozo and John), are a quirky couple. The B&B itself is like an Aladdin's Cave, filled with all sorts of ornaments, trinkets and art work. It seemed that almost every square inch of wall space was covered in some sort of painting, which came from a variety of different periods. While I don't profess to be a great Art buff, the individual items in the collection failed to make a great impression on myself, or my wife. However, it certainly is a highly unusual setting.
The owners are a quirky couple and I believe tried their best to serve us and be generally helpful providing information about Edinburgh. However, we found the atmosphere a bit stiff, lacking in the warmth of a traditional B&B. Perhaps this is not surprising, given you are staying in a museum.
Our main issue with the B&B was the standard of upkeep, which was poor. Our room was quite dusty, which was quite surprising, given the ornaments are a magnet for dust. The bedding was clean, though quite dated. Likewise for the bed, which was of average comfort and considerably dated. The location of the B&B, while not Central, is within an easy Bus/Taxi ride of the Old Town.
The toilets / Bathrooms were not clean, with the second bathroom quite dirty. The toilet seat of the second bathroom was up and rim of the bowl was filthy and covered in hairs. Neither of the toilets were cleaned while we are there and the toilet rim was left in a disgusting state for all of the 3 days we were there. Both bathrooms were dusty and housed a large collection of old soap containers and discarded shampoo bottles of former guests.
The owners also own a Cafe in the Old Town, at which both spend their days. As a result, it is my opinion that the upkeep of the B&B has taken a back seat, while they devote their energies into the Cafe. The owners therefore need to get their priorities right, in my view, and devote more attention to the basic upkeep of the B&B.
The problems outlined above can be easily remedied. In the absence of this, we would not return and do not recommend this B&B in its current state.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunning Victorian Edinburgh townhouse with beautifully restored interior, each of the three bedrooms with period features and original Scottish arts and craft. Situated on the main bus route only ten minutes by bus to city centre. Full Scottish/Vegetarian cooked breakfast and special rates for 2 or more nights. Property owned by Japanese and English speaking qualified STGA Blue Badge Guide. ... more less
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- Art-House Morita B&B Edinburgh, Scotland