We had high hopes about this hotel from the beautiful pictures on their website but were quite disappointed when we arrived.
It is fairly close to Waverly station, which is a plus point, but is located in a largely residential area which isn't attractive.
The worst thing about this hotel were the stairs. I was travelling with my mum who has a knee problem but even if she hadn't, I'm not sure how they expected us to get our luggage down those stairs. We had to have our room changed, which they kindly did for us. We ended up in a room for 5 which was large and fairly comfortable but had no air-conditioning so we had to keep the windows open. Not recommended, especially during the weekend when a lot of very drunk people stood near the entrance and talked loudly.
We also had to avoid the breakfast because we would have had to take stairs again. From what I've read in other people's reviews, it seems we made a wise choice.
The bathroom wasn't very good, either. Large but lacking any cupboards or railings. It was a bit dingy despite having two lights. The tub was all right but the shower over it was downright awful. For one, the curtain was on a semi-circle rod which made showering very claustrophobic. The shower head also sprayed water in all directions.
On our second day a huge spider appeared in the bathroom. My mum managed to kill it and we shoved it in the corner. The dead spider remained there for the remainder of our trip. House-keeping was shockingly inadequate.
We were out for almost the whole of our third day. We came back to find that our room hadn't been cleaned because someone had put the 'Do Not Disturb' sign on our door despite us having thrown it away before leaving. This was very annoying especially after spending the entire day outside. We managed to fetch some towels and mugs for the next morning at least.
I wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone. Accessibility, noise, food options, location and especially the housekeeping were massive let-downs. Stay elsewhere.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cairn Hotel Edinburgh Scotland