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“Couldn't be happier”
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Stay Central Hotel
Ranked #45 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 April 2014

I never review anything. Ever. I never feel the need. However, STAY is worthy of such an esteemed review.

Upon arrival, the staff were incredibly friendly (they were also very friendly when I called ahead to ask about parking, which I will mention towards the end) and were brilliant in explaining the services provided etc.

When we eventually got to the room, an 's' which as a couple suited us well ('s' is recommended for couples, 'm' for platonic travellers), there was tea and coffee waiting for us, which was a welcome relief after a 4 hour drive.

The styling of a room was right up our street... Granted I'm a bit of a hipster, but I'm sure anybody would find it brilliant, and the cleanliness was faultless. The in-built iPod docking station was a nice touch, after all, who doesn't like music in the shower?

The hotel maid was incredibly quick, as our room had been tidied in the small space of time we had left for breakfast one morning. This does, however bring me on to the one downside of STAY, which is actually quite indirect; The Three Sisters pub which shares the courtyard and supplies breakfast to STAY guests. Whilst the breakfast wasn't terrible, it also wasn't great (I promise it wasn't due to me tasting haggis for the first time and hating it), however for £6 per head you can't really argue.

Location wise, STAY is brilliant and smack bang in the middle of old town, just off grass market. So for the guys, there's a Brewdog next door, for the girls there's shopping just over North Bridge, and for everybody else, there's Edinburgh. If you like cocktails, I'd really recommend you try out 'Under the stairs' on Merchant street!

As mentioned earlier; parking. Whilst STAY don't have their own on site parking, they do recommend an ncp parking garage at £25 per day, which is hilarious, so I'd recommend you park at the end of queen's drive, which is free.

Overall STAY is very deserving of the rating I have given it, and I shall certainly be visiting again a couple times this year, both with the lads for a messy one, and with my girlfriend for a romantic one. Thanks STAY team, you were great.

Adam.

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Central E, General Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Hi Adam,

Thank you for such a lovely review of your time with us here is Edinburgh! We really appreciate the time taken to write such a kind review.

I also love the iPod doc that can be heard in the bathroom, there is nothing better than a sing in the shower.

Looking forward to welcoming you back to Edinburgh soon,

Rachel Duff

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Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

We were welcomed by Maria, the extremely-friendly and helpful receptionist who provided us with tips on sightseeing and food. We love the simple, lively environment with games and messages by hostelites from all over the world. The size of the room and bathroom is big. Love the jars of tea bags & sugar, the coffee-maker(though we did not use it), huge TV (32-inch probably), the colourful bottles of toiletries, the large number of power points and also the "roll-up" stickers on the toilet paper rolls, how the bathroom may was rolled up instead of folded...the list will go on and on ... We shall leave the rest for your own discovery. To sum it up, next trip to Edinburgh, we will definitely opt for STAY Central again.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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VenueGeneralManager, General Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2014

Hi Jedai79,

Thanks for the great review!!

It's great to hear you had such a fantastic time in Edinburgh and that you had such positive feedback about the hotel. I can't wait to show Maria your review - she will be flattered at the personal mention :-)

Hope to see you again next time you are in Scotland!

Best Wishes,

Rachel & The STAY Central Team

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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Had a great stay.

Great bits:
Very clean
Friendly and exceptionally helpful and accommodating staff
Best shower ever!
Brilliantly central

Not so great bits:
Joined on to a night club so gets noisy and very busy. Great for hen or stag nights
Bit of a strange lay out with steps (not so good if on crutches!)

Overall very very happy stay.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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VenueGeneralManager, General Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2014

MWHug,

Thank you for the great review; we really appreciate it!

It's great to hear such positive feedback about your recent stay with us, and I hope you will return again soon :-)

Best Wishes,

Rachel & The STAY Central Hotel Team

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Reviewed 7 April 2014

The rooms are very clean and comfortable with contempory decor. The bathrooms have a waterfall style walk in shower and there is an Ipod dock on the wall, Sky TV and a Nespresso machine! Breakfast was excellent with a great choice of cereals and full Scottish breakfast for just £6.95, which is a bargain. Do not think because it is relatively cheap that you are getting inferior rooms - you are definitely not!! Only downside is that there are no onsite parking facilities and the NCP is over £15 per day. However, if you fancy a 40 minute walk, park in zone B1 which is free (look a parking on 'West Saville Terrace')

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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VenueGeneralManager, General Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2014

Hi MelthamTerrier,

Thank you for the great review about your recent stay with us here in Edinburgh!

It's great to hear you enjoyed so many aspects of your stay, and that you enjoyed the breakfast next door in The Three Sisters.

I hope we can welcome you back again soon :-)

Rachel & The STAY Central Team

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Reviewed 6 April 2014

Reminded me of thr Ace hotel chain. Hip and a little spartan. Good staff. Best for students. We had a room with a double bed and two bunkbed sets. Nice staff in lobby and good resturant. Some intersting options in other rooms. Spare style.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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VenueGeneralManager, General Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Hi Tom!

Thank you so much for your recent review of your stay with us here in Edinburgh - we are flattered to be compared to Ace Hotels!

It's really fantastic to hear such positive feedback about our recently refurbished hotel, and I hope we can welcome you back again next time you are in Scotland :-)

Best Wishes,

Rachel & The STAY Central Team

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Reviewed 5 April 2014

This is a super cool hotel/hostel combo -- will certainly be back. For starters, location is ideal: within walking distance of Old City sights and New City shopping. Lobby is adorable -- nice area to sit, grab a coffee, talk, or plan the day out. Art and design of the place is absolutely fabulous! Staff is excellent - helpful, sweet, and accommodating. Rooms are super neat -- some have just one double bed, others have four beds, some have six. We were traveling with a group of students, so it was perfect and affordable. Best parts of room: totally comfortable, tea at the ready, chocolate/marshmellow candies, bottled water, iPod doc + speakers (even in bathroom!), and the bathroom (!). Shower was amazing as were lovely shampoo/soaps/etc. Super clean place. Would stay there again with large group of kids, by myself, with a sweetheart, or my family - it's that good.

My one beef is minor -- the bar attached to it (where you can get breakfast) is kind of gross - you know, soaked in beer, dirty, etc. BUT - the staff at the bar is lovely. Also, be prepared to hear some music late into the night, but it's not too bad. Not a noise level that would prevent me from staying there.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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VenueGeneralManager, General Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Hi Bridget,

Thank you so much for the lovely review - we really appreciate it :-)

It's great to hear such positive feedback about our hotel; it sounds like you had a fantastic trip to Edinburgh and I am so pleased we could play a wee part in that!

Please keep in touch and we will ensure you receive a fantastic returner rate on your next stay!

Hope to see you again soon,

Rachel & The STAY Central Team

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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Received amazing service from everyone who worked there, the rooms were spotless, a good size and had a great bathroom. There was a bar below which also had good food which was not too expensive, and you couldn't hear any noise or music from there in the hotel either. Would rate 10/10, best place we stayed in while travelling.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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VenueGeneralManager, General Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2014

Hi Amy,

Thank you for the great review - it is awesome to hear you would recommend us to others :-)

It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed our recently refurbished rooms, and our fantastic staff!

Please keep in touch if you do return to Edinburgh and we will sort you out with a fantastic returner rate!

Best Wishes,

Rachel
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Address: 139 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JS, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Price Range: £36 - £220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Stay Central Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At STAY central we aim a little bit higher than just providing you with a good night's sleep. We have 37 fresh and refurbished bedrooms perfect for 2 to share or bedrooms for up to 6 guests. We like to look after you and free Wi-Fi is a must for our guests. Each of our lovely bedrooms have large flat screen TV's, iPod docks, rain fall style showers to get lathered up in and lots of little extras you won't expect. Located in the heart of Edinburgh's eclectic Cowgate surrounding the famous lively Three Sisters bar, STAY Central is a short stroll from everywhere. ... more   less 
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