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Culane House Hotel
Ranked #145 of 393 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for one night, in their family room.
Comfy beds. Well appointed bathroom. Welcome tray of water, biscuits and After 8 mints.
Free, ample parking right outside the hotel. Park opposite.
Amenities nearby and we were allowed to order a pizza to our room. Kids were happy.

Good continental and cooked breakfast. Good choice.

Only grumble was their silly pricing. Wanted to stay another night and despite their being lots of available rooms for the next night and with the possibility of them not being filled at such short notice the manager, who was contacted by the helpful receptionist wouldn't drop the price. Therefore he lost two rooms being paid for.

Luckily it worked out in my favour as I found a fantastic late room deal on Booking.com
Family room at 22 Church Street for £33 instead of £200!!!

Stayed: April 2014
3  Thank MatthewASharp
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Spotless clean, very helpful staff with great knowledge of Edinburgh. Bus stop right outside the hotel, £3.50 all day travel pass. Opposite park for walking or kids can play on the swings. Reasonable breakfast on offer. Lots of tea and coffee in room, even had chocolate mints, nice touch.


Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
2  Thank darcyStaffordshire
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

what a great wee place. stayed 2 nights with my mum and sister. the room had 3 single beds with ensuite. plenty room for us all and it was very clean.
hairdryer, straighteners and iron all available in room, as well as sweeties and bottles of water. we got fresh towels on our second day, and the ensuite was cleaned as well and beds made.
breakfast was delicious, with a good choice for continental and fully cooked.
staff were very friendly, and had a good knowledge of local area.
would definetley stay here again, and recommend to my friends and family.

Room Tip: we were in room 7. it was on the top floor, which suited us fine, but some might find the 2 flights...
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank maza28
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Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

Friendly host with good local knowledge. Really clean and comfortable room. A great quality and choice of breakfast, either continental or cooked, or even both. Will definitely stay here again. Stayed in a family room which was plenty big enough and had all the tea / coffee facilities needed.

Stayed: March 2014
Thank TessnZed
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

We stayed here for two nights during our stay in Edinburgh. Apparently the average price per overnight is a bit higher in Edinburgh than elsewhere, but we managed to get a good rate here for our stay. Breakfast included. Room was nice and had a view over the park. Coffee maker and TV. Staff was really helpful and friendly. Only minus was that the wifi was not at all working during our stay. All in all OK, but just average for the price paid.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Anders J
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Reviewed 3 February 2014 via mobile

===Getting there===

Culane House bed and breakfast is situated next to a large park in Edinburgh called Leith links. We were driving there so I used my sat-nav which got me right to the door. If you're driving too, you'll be happy to know there is plenty on street parking right outside the hotel and all along Hermitage Place which is where the hotel lives. If you are getting a train in, the taxi fare from Princes Street is just under £8 and you can get the number 21 and 25 busses directly to the door of the hotel for the princely sum of £1.50 for a single ticket or £3.50 for an all day ticket. Both of those journeys take about 10 minutes in light traffic. If you want to call in advance and ask any questions the number is 0131 554 7331. The address for either your sat- nav or your brain is as follows:

 9 Hermitage Place,


On arrival the outside doesn't look fabulous. That being said we arrived on a very rainy windy evening so nothing really looked particularly fabulous. I'd imagine it would look a bit better in the sunshine! The front of the building is white with a sign for Culane House Hotel. There's a small iron gate to go through before you get to the first set of stairs. This is something to take note of if you are disabled. The entrance is up one flight of steps and most of the rooms are up a large flight of stairs from there. Only two are on the ground floor and that's after having to get up the first set of stairs anyway. If stairs aren't a problem for you, however, this hotel is lovely inside. You enter into the hallway where the reception desk is the first thing you'll see. Directly behind that is the dining room where breakfast is served. There's a staircase that runs up the left hand side of the hotel and there are only two or three rooms on each level (the hotel only has ten rooms). Everything is fresh and bright and the carpet is nice and thick throughout which means if you really need to, you can go downstairs in your socks.

===Check in===

When we arrived the owner (I assume anyway) was doing some paperwork in the dining room but there is a small bell on the desk and he came straight out when he heard it. All the while I was eyeing up the little basket of free sweets on the counter top.  The owner was very friendly and showed us how to work the front door as it gets locked after 10pm and you get a key for it on your room key. He also asked if we needed any maps of the local area and showed us where we were and explained the bus routes to us. Once he was done explaining how things worked, he took us up to our room, offering to take our bags for us. I like that he offered as I've been in some giant hotels with a million staff without even one offer of help with baggage even though the rooms were a good hike away. This entire hotel could be explored in a minute or two, yet he was still polite enough to offer! We're all young-ish things so we politely declined and just took our bags ourselves. Once we got to the room he took us inside and showed us where the bathroom was as well as pointing out the kettle, hairdryer and straighteners before leaving. Fab.

===The Room===

We had booked a family room and ended up in room number 7 which was on the top floor. The room looked out over the park which was great but this also meant that part of the room was slanted due to the hotels roof. There was a double bed and a single bed each with a bedside cabinet and power sockets next to them and a lamp above them. There's also a dock for an i-pod between the beds so if you want to play your music you can do. To the left of the door there was a desk with a chair and mirror, and this is where the hairdryer, straighteners and tea and coffee facilities were stored. There were also a few wine glasses and a bottle of water waiting there. Above the desk was a wall mounted flat screen TV. Over next to the window was a small table and two chairs to chill out in. A small cupboard is next to the bathroom door that also hides an ironing board and iron.

From the moment we walked in we were very impressed. The room looked lovely and fresh with luxurious looking throws over the beds and lovely thick carpets and curtains. The room was large and comfortable looking. The padded leather headboards also added to the look of luxury and the view out over the park was fantastic during the day. At night (and as we stayed over a weekend) we did notice a few groups of people walking along the street outside and getting into cars after nights out. We watched more than a couple of gentlemen relieve themselves on a tree. As we had also gotten a little drunk the first night we had a little bit of fun with them by wolf whistling out the window at them and then ducking to watch their confused looks. Yes, we are children, but it was really funny!

Towels were provided and replaced daily and there wasn't any dust kicking about that I could spot so full points on being clean!

===Did we sleep?===

A bedroom can look as pretty as it wants but unless you actually get a decent sleep, none of it matters. Thankfully the Culane House Hotel gave us a decent sleep. The double bed turned out to be two single beds shoved together which, though a personal bug-bear of mine, is common and therefore entirely forgivable. The heating in the room was fine and you could easily cool the room off by opening the windows. The only thing I did notice is that on particularly windy days like the ones we stayed, the windows do rattle a little if they are open. It really is only a little though so nothing to complain about. There was no noise from any of the other rooms and that's not because other people were being quiet. You could hear other people no problem from the hallway but as soon as you closed the door it was pretty silent. My favourite element of our stay, however, was waking up to the smell of a cooked breakfast. Even though we were on the top floor we could smell the bacon wafting into the room. If you don't like the smell of bacon, then you might be a little put off. We all loved it though.

===The Bathroom===

Following on from the bedroom, the bathroom was absolutely gorgeous. It came with a bath, shower, toilet and sink all surrounded by gorgeous black tiles. There was also a huge sky light in the roof. The only thing that I wasn't too fond of was that the bathroom was built in a bit that was under the slanted roof which meant head room was a little reduced for the taller of us. It also made for very interesting peeing for blokes as, due to the skylight and slanted roof, if you were standing at the toilet, your head popped up just above the bottom of the sky light meaning you are looking across the whole park as you urinate. I imagine it's a dog's dream.

The water pressure caused no issues and we used both the bath and the shower. The only issue we had was with the roof in the shower. As it's on a slant it got a bit tight when you raised your arms to wash your hair. Allan stuck to the bath and didn't even try to have a shower as he'd have bashed his head off the roof. I do think, however, that our room would be the only one with that issue and even then, it's not a huge issue.


The first morning we stayed the owner showed us where everything was in the dining room and told us someone would be with us shortly to take any orders for cooked breakfast. In the dining room there was a decent spread of ham, cheeses, breads, croissants, cereals and cakes. Tea and coffee and fruit juices were also available as well as a toaster for your bread! A few minutes after we sat down the woman who we assumed is the owner's wife came to take orders for cooked breakfast. The full cooked breakfast comes with bacon, sausage, fried egg, hash brown, beans, fried bread, mushrooms and a tomato. There's no black pudding or potato scones which is a shame for any place in Scotland but the rest of the breakfast was good enough to make up for that. You can also ask for different variations of the breakfast with no hassle. Allan asked for extra hash browns on the first day while Sloan opted for scrambled eggs and hash browns on our second day. I pigged out both days and had everything. The service was quick and very friendly from both the owner and his (assumed) wife.


The hotel comes with free wi-fi throughout, though I have to admit the signal wasn't incredibly fast or strong on the top floor. I don't see that as a huge problem though as I wasn't intending on sitting online all night anyway! It came in handy for searching a few quick things about stuff to do in the area though!

The TV in the room is fairly new so it has a socket for an HDMI cable which allows you to attach your laptop to it and play any videos you have on there through the TV which we did while we were away (the weather was really terrible most of the time so we spent a whole morning in the hotel avoiding the rain). A lot of hotels don't have TV's that are compatible for that so we were impressed!

===The Price===

We booked Friday 24th of January to Sunday the 26th for three people in a family room with breakfast all included in the price. All together the cost came in at £130 which works out at 43.33 each for the full stay and £21.66 a night! For the quality of the room and breakfast all included in that price, that's a bargain!

===The Verdict===

We had fully expected to be staying somewhere dingy and horrible for the price we paid. We were pleasantly surprised from the moment we got in the front door. The service was lovely and friendly, the whole place was gorgeous and the room was large and comfortable. Breakfast was as good as you can expect from anywhere with a breakfast menu. I can't think of anything to fault the place on at all so it's a full five stars from all three of us and I'd definitely stay there again if we're doing anything in Edinburgh. At least I would once I've reviewed everywhere else!

  • Stayed: January 2014
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6  Thank ryanando
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

My husband and I stayed here for three nights for my birthday. The price was very competitive and you never really know what you are going to get for your money when it is that competitive! It was excellent from start to finish and we couldnt recommend them highly enough.
We were warmly welcomed by the staff, shown to our room which was perfect - lovely furnishings and accessories, all beautifully clean and well presented, plenty of tea and coffee facilities and even a hair straightener!
The room was made up and replenished when we were out - always spotlessly clean and well kept.
Hubby had a slight accident with the room key (snapped in lock) and it was quickly sorted.
Breakfast was very good with choices of cooked, continental - and done to personal tastes and preferences. The dining room is well decorated and roomy and there was plenty of fresh food to choose from as well as orders taken for a cooked breakfast.
All of the staff went out of their way to be friendly and helpful without being obtrusive.
Bus stop into city is just outside (have the correct money) or we walked around Leith and ate there of an evening - lots to choose from, good pubs ect.
As it was my birthday - we came back from a trip out one day and the hotel had laid out some flowers, wine and glasses on the bed - a lovely and unexpected suprise.
Absolutely perfect stay and we will be back - thank you for making my birthday so lovely (with a little help from hubby!) - couldnt recommend them highly enough. ***** 5 Star from begining to end.

Room Tip: All the rooms are of the same quality - you may request a ground floor room if needed as there is no...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank kerry1967186258
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Address: 9 Hermitage Place | Leith Links, Edinburgh EH6 8AF, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #145 of 393 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range: £61 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Culane House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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