I stayed here for four nights, using it as my base for the Edinburgh Fringe. The hotel is in a great location for the festival events - just around the corner from the Playhouse, 5 mins walk from the Stand Comedy Club, and 10 mins walk from Princes Street.
The hotel is rather basic, but what I expected for the price (£50 for a single room, during peak Festival season). My room was deep down in the basement, through a rather claustrophobic series of corridors. But the room had a big window (although it didn't open), so didn't feel claustrophobic. It was basic but adequate, and had a small but functional bathroom. The room was adequately clean (sheets and bedding seemed fresh), but there was some thick dust in the corners of the carpet, and a lot of black mould growing on the walls in the corners!
The bed was comfortable, and I slept pretty well. Although you can hear the TV through the wall from neighbouring rooms, and the cleaners aren't very quiet in the mornings. Just bring earplugs.
My main concern with this hotel is security - there is no safe in the room, and when I returned to the hotel each day and asked for my room key, the receptionist (a different person every time, so they didn't know me) never asked my name. I could have been anyone, and they'd have just give my key. I raised this with the night manager, who took the issue seriously. All the staff I spoke with were friendly.
Breakfast wasn't included, but I paid extra (£6) for it on the first morning. Easily the worst hotel breakfast ever, and not worth £1, never mind £6. It was very stale, dry croissants (not 'real' croissants - just old bread shaped like a croissant), and warm yoghurts etc. I bought fruit in advance from M&S on Princes Street for future breakfasts, which was much more pleasant. There's also a small Tesco a few minutes walk away, and plenty of nearby cafes for a proper and tasty breakfast - at a price close to the £6 you'd pay here.
However, for all I've said above, I'd seriously consider staying here again for future visits to the Fringe festival. The location is excellent, and as a woman travelling alone I felt very safe returning to the hotel late at night. As somewhere to simply sleep and keep my stuff during the Festival, this hotel served me very well.
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- 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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