We arrived past midnight following a wedding down in Edinburgh outskirts. We were informed of lack of parking facility in this Travelodge outlet prior to our arrival but we decided the location was ideal for our short weekend itenary.
The closest parking facility is the St James Shopping Centre parking spaces, which is open 24 hours. However, on the website, there was no indication or suggestion as to which entrance to take. The GPS/Garmin device only detects the entrance from York Place. We were not aware that there was more than 1 entrance into the parking space in St James Shopping Centre.
We ended up walking down York Pl and onto St Andrew St to get to Princes St to find our way to the hotel. It was quite a long walk at that time of the night. There should have been a clearer direction on the website.
The hotel is actually at the end of Princes Street, where it joins to become A1. It is not far off from the Princes St/Leith St junction. It is indeed very strategic and convenient location for those not driving.
For those driving, do use the Leith Street entrance into the St James Shopping Centre parking spaces. The hotel provides a 15-20% discount on your parking fee. The website states 20% discount but for some reason we were only given 15%.
The disadvantage is that if you want to park your car and drive out multiple times in a day, you have to pay for every entry into the parking space. It is not an unlimited entry parking fee. It runs exactly like a shopping mall parking.
Parking issues aside, the room was very clean and comfortable. Only problem was lack of ventilation. The windows could only open to a small amount probably for safety purposes. And at this time of the year, there was a lot of midges entering our room. It was a difficult decision whether to have the window open as it was incredibly stuffy and warm, or to be bitten by midges.
My partner had several bites which ended up turning into bullae requiring steroids therapy. I would advice bringing some insect repellent along if you are planning on staying here during the summer season as the rooms can get very warm at night.
The room itself was nice but with very basic facilities. It does not include a hair dryer. It does have basic beverage facility but no fridge.
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