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Cairn Hotel Edinburgh
Ranked #73 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
Carluke, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
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“Friendly value and comfort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

Excellent location for Playhouse theatre. Basic, small room but comfortable and with everything needed. Shower great,lashings of hot water. Good, fresh cooked breakfast - only minor complaint about watered fruit juice. Good bed.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Stayed at the Cairn Hotel this weekend with a pal for a city break in Edinburgh. Location was perfect- quiet street but a very short walk to Playhouse Theatre, clubs, pubs, Vue cinema, and lots of restaurants!
This is a budget hotel & I was perfectly aware of this when I booked so I wasnt expecting the Ritz! Check in was quick & easy. Staff always helpful & polite.
Room was fine-abit small with 2 single beds, flat screen TV, Tea/coffee making facilites (which was much appreciated in the evenings along with the shortbread biscuits!) & ensuite. Shower was excellent- great pressure just give it a few minutes to warm up fully before diving in. We asked for clean towels the following day- this was no problem- I'm sure this would have being done but I did advise that the room didnt need a service just some towels!
I think the rooms could do with a small bit of a re-vamp some fresh paint, new curtains & pillows would go along way! But it was totally fine for a 2/3nt city break. And for what we paid we were both happy enough with the Cairn. I would defo go back to this hotel!

Room Tip: Those visiting Edinburgh should defo visit the Britanna ship down on the docks- what a wonder tour t...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Newcastle, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

The Cairn Hotel is about 10 minutes walk away from Princes Street, so the location is fab. It's also close to Waverley Street Station and Edinburgh Bus Station too. The hotel is large and consists of the main hotel building and a smaller annex, which is just over the road. Both buildings are situated on a quiet side street in a lovely part of town, 2 minutes walk away from the Playhouse. Our room was a little old-fashioned, but clean and a very good size - we were given a triple room instead of our booked double. One negative point was that one side of our double bed (2 singles pushed together) sloped a little, but this was easily fixed by folding a couple of toiwels under the mattress!

We didn't eat in the hotel restaurant, but we have heard that it has very good reviews and the menu did appear to be good value. The hotel bar was lovely - small, but Stuart, the night-porter/barman, was extremely friendly and good craic!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and the location of the hotel was fabulous, as everything was within walking distance. There are a few gay bars nearby which were extremely good fun and there were several other bars and restaurants around the area. (We found Rose Street to be a great night out, with lots of bars and restaurants about 20 minutes walk away from the hotel.)

We would definitely stay here again; the hotel was great and we got a fantastic deal through booking.com, instead of booking direct with the hotel.

Room Tip: Room 28 was a triple room, but one side of the double bed sloped a little - easily remidied by poppi...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

This was a great place to stay and was situated almost 5 minutes away from the main areas of Edinburgh. Our room was very spacious with modern cupboards, room facilities and a nice big tv !

Would recommend this hotel to anyone who is travelling to Edinburgh and does not want to pay the top hotel prices!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

The Cairn Hotel was easy to find and well-located (about a 10min walk from Princes St and the surrounds). The staff were friendly and allowed us to store our luggage there as we had arrived well before the check in time. On returning to our room in the evening unfortunately there were issues with our shower as it would not drain and filled up very quickly. We raised it with a staff member and were initially told to wait 2 hours for someone to fix it. This wasn't ideal as we had planned to go out and didn't want to wait around. However, in the end we were moved to another room, and were pleased that it was dealt with quickly. Both rooms had been clean and warm which was all we needed for a 1 night stay. It was fairly basic for the price but all in all a good stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, SA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

We were less than impressed by this place from the minute we saw the small tatty room , but the things only got worse when we attempted to sleep but were met with noise on all sides due to no soundproofing between rooms what so ever. Whilst this place was cheap, and therefore we couldn't expect much, I would recommend somewhere better if you actually hope to get any sleep.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Slough, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

My wife and I stayed here during a recent trip to Edinburgh. Staff were very good and the facilities were great. We also liked the restaurant downstairs. The waiter was nice enough to put a radiator close to our table as we had dinner. The morning we left to catch the bus back to the airport was very easy. We could just walk to the bus stop because the Hotel location was so central.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cairn Hotel Edinburgh
Address: 10-18 Windsor Street, Edinburgh EH7 5JR, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Leith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #73 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Cairn Hotel Edinburgh 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the lively theatre district of Edinburgh with the old town just minutes away, the Cairn Edinburgh has recently undergone a complete refurbishment to high standard. The hotel offers fantastic accommodation suited for leisure and corporate guests alike easily accessible by rail with the Edinburgh Waverley station only a 10 minute walk away ... more   less 
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