Very friendly welcome and check-in/explanation of the facilities. Didn't need the lounge or honesty bar but good to know they were there and I can see that room being a great place to wait with friends or family.
Romantic time away in Edinburgh and the four poster bed I had booked was certainly the right thing to do. It was a wonderfully cosy clean room with lovely thick curtains which helped with a wonderful nights sleep (although the glow in the dark fire instructions on the door was funny). Bed was very comfortable and my girlfriend didn't want to leave it in the morning!
Bathroom was nice, twin sinks, toilet and spa bath (with shower over it) was clean and
light. I'm sure some people might expect a bigger spa bath in a 'romantic' room but it was still great to massage some of the aches away after a day walking round the city, maybe the lack of a photo of it on their website can lead to confusion (not that I had any).
Only had one breakfast (as we didn't get out of bed early enough) but that one was in our room. Having breakfast in your room attracts no extra charge, you just need to fill out a form and give it to Reception before 10pm which is a great idea and I'm surprised it's not mentioned on their website. Nice big trays full of food, cooked breakfast, tea, toast, flora, butter, jams etc that set us up well for the day.
Very quiet, no problem from any of the other residents, and I know for the first night at least the hotel was fully booked. I can understand someone else's comment on here about people talking outside in the corridor as people moving through was the only noise I heard but noise from the rooms was non existent. I was in Room 11 for anyone checking the numbers!
It is a really good location, especially if you are driving in. I chose this hotel based on the free parking but then we ended up coming by train instead. Take one of the many buses straight from the centre of Edinburgh to virtually right outside the hotel. £3 for a day ticket but really you'll probably only want 2 single tickets at £1.20 each unless you are off to Leith or the Zoo as Edinburgh is so walkable.
Just round the corner is Cameron Toll, a nice shopping centre, with a big Sainsbury's in that would be very useful if you wanted to get food for a picnic together or fancied a bit of high street type shopping but didn't fancy travelling back into the city centre.
I had a lovely time. Never felt rushed to leave the room, was very comfy, room cleaned every day and bed made up wonderfully. Kind staff and a really nice vibe about the place :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kildonan Lodge is an elegant Victorian 4* small hotel located close to Edinburgh city centre, only 1.5 miles from Princes St with frequent bus services opposite the hotel. It offers individually designed ensuite bedrooms, free wireless internet access, private car parking, full Scottish breakfasts, Mathew's Restaurant, honesty bar and a warm and friendly atmosphere. Romantic four poster beds and spa baths are also available to compliment any special occasion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kildonan Hotel Edinburgh
- Kildonan Lodge Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland