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“Birthday Lunch”
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Prestonfield
Ranked #3 of 149 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
scotland
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Birthday Lunch”
Reviewed 27 August 2013

Went with my wife and friends to Rhubarb for Sunday/Birthday Lunch. Was looking forward to Chateaubriand but they had sold out ! Roast dinner was excellent as was service and ambience. The freshly made tart for dessert was awesome. Highly recommend .

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

We stayed at Prestonfield for a few nights last Christmas. The positive points were the general friendliness of the staff, especially the local ones. The quirkiness of the bedrooms. The quality of the food, especially some of the best venison I have ever eaten. The general appearance and ambience of the hotel and the lovely sitting rooms and fires.
However there were a couple of problems that for this quality hotel and the price paid, should not occur.
After dinner drinks were served in lovely rooms by friendly East European staff, who were really slow in bringing the drinks and on every night got my drink wrong. At least I hope it was an error and not by design to bring a small whiskey, when each night I ordered a large one.
Also Christmas lunch was a major disappointment. Roast turkey ? No, I am afraid it was boil in the bag, or as modern chefs like to say 'waterbath', same thing to me and producing a grey tasteless piece of meat. I did mention this the next day to the very pleasant young lady at the main reception desk, who in turn passed my comment on to the chef. The answer was that if he had more ovens he would roast the turkey, probably quite true but one for the proprietor to consider. It is only these 2 points that do not allow me to give the hotel the 'excellent' rating that everything else deserved.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Delicious place to spend few days close to the heart of Edimburgh but far from the traffic.

The atmosphere you inspire is surreal. The charm and the elegant ambients are idea for a romantic escape.

The purple tissue and the low light, are perfect for a whisky in front of the chimney.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Bland, MO
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Fantastic. Suite was wonderful. Staff could not have been better. Quiet. Great location. I might come back to Edinburgh just to stay here. A/C!!!! Wonderful breakfast. Duck eggs benedict.
Compared to other top hotel is a bargain

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

We found this to be a great hotel, just outside Edinburgh in a beautiful location. The service was excellent and the staff went out of their way to be helpful. We enjoyed walking in the grounds, the excellent meal in Rhubarb and the first class cream teas and bar food. A great way to visit Edinburgh only a 10 minute drive from the centre but with all the tranqility that the inner city lacks!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

The bedroom was a decent size with an eclectic mix of furniture. Bose sound system and large television. Bathroom has an overbath shower. The bath was fairly tall so not the easiest to get in and out of the bath for a shower. Good selection of toiletries.

We stayed 2 nights, we only had dinner in the hotel on the second night.

I had the cooked breakfast on the first morning (excluding the fruit pudding and Portobello mushrooms). I have to say that the breakfast appears to go for quantity rather than quality – why have black pudding, fruit pudding and haggis along with the rest of a traditional Scottish breakfast. The sausage has to be one of the worst I have tasted – very soapy. The scrambled eggs that were on the firm side.

The dinner was a disappointment; food was underseasoned and cold.

Second morning asked for soft scrambled egg and bacon. Again the same hard scrambled egg but this time very over seasoned.

Generally the staff were very attentive, the only exception being the receptionist. When trying to book a table for dinner on the second night she left us waiting while she went off with another member of staff. We had to go looking for someone else to book a time for dinner.

The score would have been a 4 if not for the food.

Would not recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Scotland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Prestonfield for our 30th Wedding Anniversary and when we arrived we were upgraded to the Benjamin Franklin Suite with a complimentary bottle of Champagne which was a real surprise. The staff were exceptional especially Jenny.
The food in the restaurant was excellent as was the breakfast.

Already saving for our return visit in 30 years time!!

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Prestonfield

Property: Prestonfield
Address: Priestfield Road, Edinburgh EH16 5UT, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#4 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#32 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#37 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Prestonfield 5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Prestonfield is Edinburgh's most indulgent retreat and Scotland's latest 5-star hotel. Rated one of the "Best 101 Hotels in the World" by Tatler/Abercrombie & Kent and AA Hotel of the Year 2005, this exceptional hotel is near Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Prestonfield has been lavishly restored by new owner James Thomson of Edinburgh's famous Witchery by the Castle. Now guests find every modern convenience hidden behind the velvet-upholstered walls of Edinburgh's most talked-about bedrooms. ... more   less 
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