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“Nice but VERY noisy”
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Stay Central Hotel
Ranked #47 of 149 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Bilbao, Spain
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Nice but VERY noisy”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

The rooms are basically within a pub/beer garden environment. It's really good if you want to party and have a good time. But it's not recommended if you want to have a good night's sleep. The noise from upstairs, where there is another bar area was unbearable and didn't stop until 3 am. Another big problem for me was that you couldn't open the windows as they were sealed. If you are claustrophic or want to breathe fresh air it's difficult.

On the other hand the rooms are very stylish and decorated with much care and detail. Everything was very new and super clean. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

Overall it's nice, but be prepared to join the party crowd.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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VenueGeneralManager, General Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
Hi Tiffy24-7,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay with us here in Edinburgh; we really do appreciate all the feedback we receive from our guests.

It’s great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, particularly the rooms and our fantastic staff :-)

I am sorry to hear you found your room noisy; due to our city centre location some of our rooms can be adversely affected by noise on the weekends. We do have quiet rooms that can be requested at the time of booking - we do our best to fulfill all guest requests.

I hope we can welcome you back again in the future.

Rachel & The STAY Central Team
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

The Stay Central hotel was brilliant. We arrived very late in Edinburgh after 11 p.m. When we got in the hotel we realised that our reservation had previously been cancelled (some problem with booking.com). The receptionist made us feel still very welcome and very quickly prepared for us a room.

The room was great, with a very modern and thoughtful design, and most importantly very comfortable. The bathroom's very nicely done and the iPhone dock sound system was a great touch. In addition the room was replenished daily with water, a wide range of tea, and Tunnock's Teacakes! The hotel's location is simply first rate, with Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill, Prince's Street, and Holyrood all within comfortable walking distance.

Breakfast was very good - we went for the most satisfactory Continental breakfast at about £4 per head.

In short, whether you're in Edinburgh for nightlife, hiking or sightseeing, this hotel will be a wonderful complement to your stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Tatyana C
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VenueGeneralManager, General Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Hi Tatyana,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share you review with our future guests – we really appreciate it :-)

I am so pleased to hear that even with the issues you experienced through Booking.com we were still able to accommodate your booking, you were happy with the service you received and were made to feel very welcome by Ibon.

I hope we can welcome you back next time you are in the city!

Best Wishes,

Rachel & The STAY Central Team
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2014

My husband and I stayed here for a few days while on our honeymoon. It was perfect for our needs... clean, comfortable, and very close to all of Edinburgh's amenities and tourist attractions. We could easily walk to the Royal Mile, Grassmarket, and Edinburgh Castle, as well as a series of great restaurants, cafes, and whiskey shops. All of these places were within 5-10 minutes walk! It was also about 10-15 minutes walk from Princes Street, George Street, and the train station. Fabulous location!

My one qualm was with the noise. There is a restaurant right next door with an outdoor, and at night, it can get a bit loud. It wasn't nearly as loud as I expected though! I was able to sleep through it fairly easily, and I am a very light sleeper.

The hotel seems to work well for a variety of travelers. We saw some couples, young families, and college-age singles. Everyone seemed quite happy and content! It was also very affordable. It was probably one of the deals we had hotel-wise while traveling Europe. It was a nice room for a reasonable price.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Central E, Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this review, 27 July 2014
Hi ahkelteke,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share such an amazing review with all of our future guests! It sounds like you had a really fantastic honeymoon!

As you have noted due to our prime city center location next to the busy Three Sisters there can be a little extra noise however we do have quiet rooms available upon request. It is great to know that we were able to allocate you one of these and you received a great sleep!

It was a pleasure having you with us on such a special occasion. Keep in contact for great returners rates; it would be great to see you again on your anniversary!

Best of luck for the future,

Karen & The STAY Central Team
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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

Great location. Great atmosphere and great rooms very unique and geared towards comfort during your stay. Shower was fantastic and just what was needed after long days walking around Edinburgh, the food was good although the continental breakfast was better than the fry, cleaning of the room was good but the refilling of the water/coffee/tea/sugar was hit and miss

  • Stayed July 2014
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Central E, Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this review, 27 July 2014
Hi Tom L,

Thank you for choosing to share such a fantastic review of our STAY Central with all our future guests.

It sounds like you really made the most of our central location - I have to admit, the showers in the rooms fantastic after a long day exploring!

Please keep in touch to receive the best returner rate on your next visit to Edinburgh!

Karen & The STAY Central Team
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Although on the expensive side, I loved my stay here with my 2 teenagers. Centrally located, the attention to detail and the quirky little extras like the I pod dock, the idea of having x-boxes and play stations available are great. The pub right next door is great and the atmosphere vibrant like Edinburgh. We loved every minute of our stay!

  • Stayed July 2014
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Central E, Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this review, 27 July 2014
Hi 19Pisces68,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to the STAY Central. It is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed every minute of your stay!!

I am so pleased that you appreciated our little quirks; the PlayStations and x-boxes that are available to hire are great on a rainy day!

Looking forward to welcoming you back soon with our great returners rate!

Karen & The STAY Central Team
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Rooms were clean.
Decent size.
Water was provided daily.
Towels were changed daily.
Reception was very helpful and willing to assist us
Good that it's jus beside three sisters restaurant. Could jus chill there after long day

  • Stayed July 2014
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1 Thank Tupyee
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Central E, Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this review, 27 July 2014
Hi Tupyee,

Thank you so much for leaving a review on your recent stay with us in Edinburgh, we really appreciate it!

I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed chilling in the the attached Three Sisters bar after a day of exploring the city. I will ensure all the staff see your kind comments about how helpful and friendly you found them to be; I am sure it will make their day.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Don’t forget about our great returners deals.

Karen & The STAY Central Team
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Washington, DC
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88 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

New, modern hotel just off the Royal Mile with a hip, groovy vibe. Small, but hey, that's what you get in a European city, particularly in the U.K. Other than an excellent location only a 5-minute walk from the Royal Mile (closer to the castle end, very close to St. Giles), many pluses. Among them, amazing rainfall shower heads, good-sized bathroom, very clean, excellent housekeeping, conveniences such as cappucinos, ice cream, and beer for sale (pretty cheap) in the lobby, excellent, helpful staff, and co-located with the popular Three Sisters pub. 5 GBP breakfast that I added on before my stay got me a breakfast that was listed for more than that on the menu. Nice deal. We had a M sized room, and our friends got an XL. Good idea to get a bigger room, even if you don't need it, for extra space. Ask for a room that does not face the 3 Sis courtyard. We faced away from it, and it was quiet and no extra lights. I didn't hear anyone above us on the third floor. Bonus.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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VenueGeneralManager, General Manager at Stay Central Hotel, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Hi SGTrvlr,

Thank you for the great review - we've never been called Groovy before :-D

It is lovely to hear such fantastic feedback from our guests, and I am pleased you decided to share your experience with our future guests!

I hope we can welcome you back again next time you are in Scotland!

Rachel & The STAY Central Team
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Property: Stay Central Hotel
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 #47 of 149 Hotels in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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Hotel Tailors Hall
Tailors Hall Hotel Edinburgh
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