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Cairn Hotel Edinburgh
Ranked #78 of 149 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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7 reviews
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“Great rooms, friendly staff”
Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

Very friendly staff. Rooms nicely decorated with everything you need - a bit on the small side but was perfect for a place to stay.
Nice little bar downstairs which suited our group of 8 and meant it was nice and quiet and was easy to be served.
Taxis booked when asked.
8-10min walk from the station
Good if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
1 Thank Vikigarrett
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

This is a very simple, basic hotel. Our room was in the modernised section, which was fine, if a bit stark. The corridors in the unmodernised parts were very gloomy and old-fashioned. But this hotel is near to everything central, or within a 10 minute walk.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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1 Thank sandra s
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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Stayed here for one night in the middle of August. Initially it was the last hotel I could find with availability and I was hesitant because there were several bad reviews. Not the case! It doesn't look like much, the hotel is sort of a twisty maze of doors with worn out carpet. But we had a newly renovated huge room, with a spacious, modern bathroom. Very quiet stay, facing a courtyard. Breakfast was delicious and the staff helped us with all of our questions.
10-15 minute walk to the main part of Edinburgh, worth it for the price.
I would absolutely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank jeh910
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

We stayed here 11-13 August 2014 in the annex across the road from main hotel (room 31) quite room with no street noise.
And although this building and our room needs an upgrade plus a mirror on the dressing table " I couldn't stretch my hair dryer over to mirror across the other side of the room" we would stay here again. Bus routes are at the end of the road which will take you everywhere you want to go. The lovely helpful very busy staff always gave us the right information on which bus or direction to go.
I would recommend anybody to stay here as long as your aware that its not above a 3 star hotel, is within walking distance to princess street, on the bus route to every attraction, and in a quite location with friendly helpful staff.

  • Stayed August 2014
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1 Thank Sandra W
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Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 5 nights and were dismayed originally to be given a room in the annex. We were lucky to have had room 28 as it was a large enough room. While the room is in need of serious upgrading it suited our purposes.The main issue was the constant door slamming at all times of the day / night. I hope that this will be rectified after all the refurbishment is done. The staff were very helpful and nice and if staying in Edinburgh would stay again but would look for a refurbed room.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Stayed here for the first few days in August. I have to say I was a little aprehensive as the reviews on here are mixed. When I arrived I was totally amazed. My 'single' room was in the basement at the back of the hotel and was huge with a double bed, flat screen tv, refreshment tray with hot choc & shortbread biccies which were replenished every day & a beautiful bathroom; all very modern & new. I found out the reason why the reviews are mixed is because the hotel is still being refurbished. The basement rooms are finished and absolutely wonderful. I believe, after talking with the receptionist, that the ground floor & the first floor are half way refurbed. I mentioned that when everything is completed, I bet the prices will go up but she said all the rooms are charged at the same price whether refurbed or not so it shouldn't make much difference.
The hotel is an easy 10 min walk from Waverley Station & Princes St. The area is very quiet even though the festival was starting. I felt totally safe walking out although I didn't go out on my own at night. All the staff were very polite, friendly and helpful. The breakfast room (in the basement) was all new and it is definitely worth the £5 per night for the continental breakfast as you get such a lot of choice. Don't miss out on the freshly made waffles; you do them yourself, it's easy and only takes 3 mins. Checking in & out was speedy & no problem.
I might just add that when I booked through their own website they offer 25% discount if you paid up front. I did this and realised later that on my four night stay, which should have cost £350, I paid £280 for which was only 20%. I mentioned this to the receptionist on checking out and she told me she would pass the details on to the manager. Three days later I received an email and the other 5% (£17.50) was refunded back to me. This in itself shows how good & efficient the hotel is.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel and will certainly stay here again when I visit Edinburgh. The location, rooms, staff and service were excellent all at an extremely good price for a city hotel.

Room Tip: Hope that you get a refurbed room but I would imagine that very soon they will all be completed.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Booked this last minute for 2 nights. This is a boutique hotel that has off street parking available. Our room was in need of an upgrade, however, it was comfortable, the bathroom was clean and the place is CHEAP. For what we needed it was perfect, we spent little time in the room as there is so much to see in Edinburgh. Its in a good area and nice and close to most things or an easy walk to others.We would stay again and recommend it, the staff are also very helpful.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank SydneyCath
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Property: Cairn Hotel Edinburgh
Address: 10-18 Windsor Street, Edinburgh EH7 5JR, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Leith
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Ranked #78 of 149 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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