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“Another weekend at the King James” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James

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Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James
Ranked #95 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
Manchester, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Another weekend at the King James”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

I have stayed here several times so I suppose this speaks for itself. The hotel is in a great location and if you are lucky you can get a parking space for £6 per day. If not, there is subsidised parking at a nearby car park.

The room we had on this occasion was on the 6th floor and for some strange reason we could hear traffic noise throughout the night so if you need a decent kip ask for a quiet room.

I find the hotel bar a bit quiet but there is a Wetherspoons pub in a complex across the road, along with several restaurants.

I think the King James is good value for money and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank mkeeno17
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ThistleEdinburgh, General Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for your positive feedback regarding your recent stay with us in Thistle Edinburgh, King James. It was nice to welcome you back again!

We do have a really great central location for both transport links for the bus and railway station and we are also just a short walk from Edinburgh’s bars and restaurants and its many attractions. As you say, you can park outside the hotel for £6 per day, if there is a space and if not, we have the same price agreed with the John Lewis car park next door too.

Being a city centre hotel, you can sometime experience some noise, but do please let us know if this is the case and if we can, we will try to move you to a room at the back of the hotel if we have availability.

We are looking to refurbish our bar soon, so hopefully you will see some changes when you next stay with us, but I am glad to hear that you got good value for money and you will be coming back to stay with us again. Always check our hotel website as we do try to ensure that is where you can secure the best available rates we have to offer.

Once again thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and let other travellers to Edinburgh know of your experience, we very much hope to see you again soon!

Kind regards

Jo
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

The hotel is in a great location being 2 minutes away from Princes Street. As well as this, there is a small mall accessible from one of the hotels floors which was handy.

Staff were polite and helpful. We were given a choice of whether we wanted a room with a view and warned that these rooms were noisy. We still went ahead with a room with a view and we immediately regretted it! The window had a wearing seal and did not close properly in places which made the street noise sound as if we had the window wide open.

We stayed in a standard room which was dated and grimy in places. The two chairs in our room were ripped. The room did have basics such as tea and coffee facilities, wifi and an iron but this wouldn't convince me to stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank MissNalin
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ChrisVCGM, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Thank you for leaving your comments about your stay with us. I am pleased our team were able to offer you a choice of room, we do try to treat every guest as an individual during thier stay. I am sure that our team would have been able to offer an alternative room had you been able to let them know that you were unhappy with the one allocated, but i appreciate this isn't always convenient.
We hope to be exploring some options shortly to improve the atmosphere in the hotel.
Thank youaagaina for your comments, and we hope to see you back soon!
Kind regards

Chris
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Middlewich, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

Hotel in good location, not a problem parking as we went mid week, the cost was also low for parking which was good. Staff were nice, breakfast very good value, the hotel could do with a bit of a 'freshen' up decorating/maintenance wise and the bar area was quite depressing and dark but apart from that it was good value for money.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Joanna H
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ChrisVCGM, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Thank you for leaving your comments regarding your stay at Thistle Edinburgh, King James - we do have an excellent location and yes we have limited car parking spaces and a special rate at a local NCP too.
We have worked hard on our new breakfast offering and I am happy you found it to be good value.
I hope that you will come back and stay with us very soon.
Kind regards

Chris
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

On arrival (late) we were greeted by the very welcoming staff. Checkin was efficient and the team there were very helpful, and smiley.

Rooms seem quite old, but kept to a good standard.

Breakfast was extraordinary good value at £10 for the full english buffet.

The true gem to this place is the location.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Charlie G
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ChrisVCGM, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Thank you for your review of Thistle Edinburgh, King James! It's great to hear your comments, I am grateful you took the time to let us know.
Your Room Tip is a great help to future guests - we do have a great location in the city centre, but sometimes that has it's drawbacks for those not used to such locations.
I hope that we will see you again soon!
Kind regards

Chris
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Nairobi
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170 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014 via mobile

Right at the end of princess street between the old and new town. We loved the location of this hotel. The staff at front desk was very helpful and always smiling. Rooms are average but much better compared to other hotels of the same standards..

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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ChrisVCGM, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Great to hear your feedback, we are very lucky with our location indeed. Our team do work hard to ensure all of our guests enjoy thier stay, and will be delighted to hear your comments. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay at Thistle Edinburgh, King James and I very much hope you will come back and see us soon!
Kind regards

Chris
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

not the first time I have stayed in this hotel and each time I arrive I am welcomed by staff who are always happy and pleased to greet me. This time I was with my better half so I had to behave as she would hit me with a bamboo stick that she stole from edinburgh zoo in the panda captivity. First night we put on our gladrags and hit the town but as last time I was here I was blind drunk therfore we asked Mike at reception for the best pubs/clubs to attend on a monday night, Mike was more than happy to respond as his knowledge of edinburgh was out of this world,
Our double room was decent sized, with a big bathroom and a sitting area, it was facing onto the traffic which was our choice, it didnt bother us at all and we had a fantastic view with the sun beaming in the morning.
Breakfast was served from 7-10, we ate till we had to be rolled out the restaurant it was all so tasty!
The hotel is clean and we will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Gary N
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ChrisVCGM, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Thank you for your comments and great to have you back at Thistle Edinburgh, King James!
Your comments are very encouraging, I am pleased to see that the hard work of the team is not going unnoticed, they will be very pleased with your feedback!
We look forward to welcoming you back again soon, and thank you again for your review.
Kind regards

Chris
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Workington, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

A very clean, comfortable hotel in a great location. Breakfast was excellent value for money. Dinner very good. Staff very friendly. I would definitely stay in this hotel again. The bar was rather dark and in need of modernisation

Room Tip: We stayed in room 534 which was on the back of the hotel and so there was no traffic noise when the...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Valerie M
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ChrisVCGM, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Thank you for leaving your comments!! I am glad you enjoyed your stay and the team were able to deliver you a fantastic experience.
I take on board your comments regarding our bar, we are exploring options for this at the moment.
We are working hard to delight all of our guests and I am pleased you found this to be the case.
I hope to welcome you back very soon!
Kind regards

Chris
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Property: Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James
Address: 107 Leith Street, Edinburgh EH1 3AT, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Broughton & Calton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #95 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James 3*
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The King James is located just off Edinburgh’s world-famous Princes Street, and a short walk from the Royal Mile. Whether you’re here for work or pleasure, the Fringe or to see in the New Year, you’re guaranteed a warm Scottish welcome. ... more   less 
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