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Cairn Hotel Edinburgh
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Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

We spent two nights at the Cairn in March 2014. We just paid for the basic room, which was £53 per night. The room was tiny - and clearly didn't used to have an ensuite. This has massively reduced the space. The lights on the wall showed that the bed used to be the other way round, and so there was a light literally next to your face (and super bright) and also plug sockets behind the pillow. The beautiful almost floor-to-ceiling window had curtains that didn't meet, and didn't block any light, so by 7am the room was bright as day. Not bad for us as we wanted to be up early but not great if you had hoped for a lay in. Also definitely not good in summer months when you'd be woken by 5am! The decor was dated, and needed a refresh. But generally the room was clean, and pleasant enough. Tea and coffee facilities were provided and some lovely shortbread too. The refurbished (or brand new, perhaps) ensuite was lovely - black and white towels, a powerful shower and thoughtful toiletries - a razor, shower gel, shampoo, even a shoe buffer. The bed was comfortable with a hood quality duvet and soft pillows. The restaurant / bar area is lovely and a good selection of drinks are on offer. The rest of the hotel looks tired, with duct tape on the stairs and a wobbly staircase and lots of scuff marks on the walls. We didn't take advantage of the breakfast. This hotel is a great location, with a lovely complex of restaurants and bars just around the corner (Omni) and St James shopping centre, and only a 10/15 minute walk to Waverley station and The Royal Mile. Overall, this hotel is tired and with some refurbishment could be awesome. The staff were very helpful and friendly, and the whole area was welcoming. It would be 5 stars with some love and attention and better layout of the rooms.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank TheBrakesy
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

We stayed at the Cairn Hotel for one night first impressions were the hotel needs a bit of TLC I couldn't complain about the price £45.for a double room , the staff are very friendly and efficient at their jobs,just little things let the hotel down like the staircase handrail being loose and the stair carpet having holes in it although they were covered up with duct tape the room was clean but small and we were unable to open the window (old sash type) as it was either broken or had been screwed shut so the room got a little bit stuffy ,we did opt for the hotel continental breakfast which was ok but nothing special the location was fairly good as we were going to the playhouse and it is only a five minute walk away and very handy for a lot of bars and restaurants,also it is only a ten minute walk to Waverley Station and Princes Street

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank baty1963
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Stayed here for one night only. We arrived early and our room was not ready but were allocated another room. The room was not a refurbished room but it was clean and did the job for one night. Plenty of toiletries , tea and coffee even had shortbread. Flat screen tv. This is a great wee find and just round the corner from the playhouse. Bus stop right outside for Portobello. The reception staff were very friendly and the price was great too . Definitely be back.

Room Tip: Try and get a refurbished room
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank elamcg150
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

Stayed here for three nights in February. Great value for money and a good location as only 10 minutes walk from Waverley station and close to the Omni centre for cinema/restaurants etc. However we had issues with our "refurbished room" as the fittings in the bathroom were loose, no mirrors anywhere, limited storage space and one evening/morning we had no hot water due to workmen in the vicinity. The staff displayed indifference to our plight and only offered a shower in a recently vacated (and dirty) room. Only after repeated complaints was an apology and an explanation offered. Still awaiting a response re. a refund!

Room Tip: Beware refurbished rooms as may yet be work in progress.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

Stayed here 3 nights in Feb 2014. Lots of ongoing work taking place meaning workmen in stairwell outside our room at 8 each morning! Room pretty small but cheaper than a travel lodge and less than 10 minutes walk from princess st. Plenty of tea coffee shortbread in room. Shower excellent and bed very comfortable.
Never used restaurant, on way to Prince's St we came across "a taste of Italy" great breakfast for 8 pounds including drinks, great service and excellent value.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank robbie1965148
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