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Edinburgh City Hotel
Ranked #18 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 September 2013

The hotel is located in a lovely old building, in a very good area of Edinburgh. It's close to all main tourist attractions, but it is still in a quiet area, where parking place is easily available. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the restaurant was nice.
Only drawback: our room was very small. Otherwise everything was great, and we enjoyed our stay there a lot.

Room Tip: I don't know! Our room was very small; can it get any smaller?
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Stayed here with the other half for a long weekend during the recent bank holiday.. You will not be disappointed.. The hotel is clean, staff friendly, location great.. Had an excellent weekend away exploring Edinburgh with the perfect hotel to rest in after a long day..

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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David C, General Manager at Edinburgh City Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2013

Dear MidlandMuncher,

Thank you for being kind enough to leave such a glowing review following your long weekend break at our hotel: your kind words and your recommendation are much appreciated by the team and I.

Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards,

David Clancy
General Manager
manager@edinburghcityhotel.com

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Reviewed 7 September 2013

This hotel was originally a Maternity Hospital, purchased and refurbished by the Portland chain. In our opinion they have done an amazing job as the room we had was very clean and very quiet. Tastefully decorated with muted colors and containing most essentials although a tiny fridge might have been nice. I also noticed that there was no blow dryer in the bath but am wondering if they would supply one if asked. The staff were excellent, helpful, very courteous and conscientious. The breakfast was excellent as you had a choice of Continental or a Hot breakfast. Location was quite good as we took the city bus to get to Waverly Bridge and it dropped us off very close. Bus fare is 1.50 per person (pounds Sterling). Bearing in mind the value of the pound, we thought it was decent value for the money. Our room was on the first floor so we did not have much of a view but did not spend a lot of time in our room. Finding a decent place to eat was a bit of a challenge as every possibility seemed to be a "take away" but we managed and the hotel restaurant is quite good. Would not hesitate to go there again.

Room Tip: We had the feeling all rooms would be quiet because the walls are thick and built of stone.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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David C, General Manager at Edinburgh City Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2013

Dear Wilma T,

Thank you for your wonderful review of our hotel after staying with us this month! We are very lucky to work in a historic building and for a company that has invested a considerable amount of money over the last 4 years to make our hotel an excellent 3 star property, so it is great to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your stay. I will also take great delight in passing on your feedback to our team as I am sure they will be thrilled to hear how much of a positive impact they had on your visit to Edinburgh.

Thank you for your recommendation and hopefully we can welcome you back should you travel to Scotland again.

Kind regards,

David Clancy
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

This hotel is about five to ten minutes away from bars etc which is a blessing at bedtime being in a nice quiet little street. I love the beds at this hotel and their sister hotel in Perth you get a great nights sleep. The staff are all very helpful and very pleasant. The breakfast and dinners are fabulous. We had room 307 which was lovely and cosy. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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David C, General Manager at Edinburgh City Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2013

Dear magsrfc,

Thank you for your lovely review. I was delighted to read that you had a great stay with us and that you have also had a very enjoyable experience at one of the other hotels in our group, the Huntingtower Hotel.

Thank you for your recommendation and hopefully we can welcome you back one day soon.

Kind regards,

David Clancy
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Great little hotel, cracking breakfast and very helpful and friendly staff all for a reasonable price. Only slight negative would be the location, was a good 15 mins walk from princess street and with an 8 yr old, walking back on the evening wasn't fantastic as some of the areas you have to walk through weren't particularly child friendly.
Apart from that there is little to fault.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

As the last stay of our Scottish tour, I'd plumped for the Edinburgh City. For some reason I thought it was nearer to Waverley - as we arrived in the evening and had a relatively early train out in the morning. On checking the map we found that it was (for us) probably a good 20 minutes away, so taxis it was!
The hotel entrance is round the back and a little courtyard harbouring several foreign cars. Check-in was painless and the receptionists were helpful - particularly in recommending some nearby pubs to eat in. Didn't fancy the hotel menu - anyone for pig's cheek?
Our room was pleasant, tidy and clean. The bed served its purpose and the bathroom was, again, clean and tidy. After venturing out for bangers and mash followed by a Fringe comedy event at the "Beehive", we returned to the little bar. Only Caledonian smooth and Stella 4 available on draught - neither of which is my preferred tipple - but, hey - when in Rome...
A pleasant night's sleep ensued, Breakfast was excellent, freshly prepared to our requirements. There is something about good bacon & eggs that sets you up for the day!
There was absolutely nothing wrong with this hotel as far as I could find (apart from limited bar), so why do I find myself being a little non-committal about it? I honestly don't know. Maybe it was just the end-of-break blues, or maybe there was just no real atmosphere about it. However I can happily recommend it to anyone and I am sure we will return when we have a little more time for walking!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We had a really hard time getting a decent hotel room for a good price. LIttle did we know that the Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Military Tatoo was going on during our visit. So we paid more than expected. The hotel was hard to locate and the main entrance is in a courtyard, not in-front of the building. Our first room was small and the room safe was broken, we asked for a room change and the hotel staff was happy to oblige. The second room was bigger, but did not have a hair dryer and we had to ask for one. Although the room was clean and the hotel staff was friendly, we were disappointed for the price we pard.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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David C, General Manager at Edinburgh City Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2013

Dear Doreen C,

Thank you for reviewing our hotel after staying with us during the festival period. I was pleased to read you found our hotel clean and our staff friendly, particularly when you wished to change room at the beginning of your stay, and our receptionist was able to do this quickly for you without any fuss. We do also regularly check our rates against hotels of similar standard so that we are competitively priced, especially during periods of peak demand such as the Festival and Tattoo.

Thank you again for your feedback and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in Scotland.

Kind regards,

David Clancy
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Address: 79 Lauriston Place | Midlothian, Edinburgh EH3 9HZ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Southside & Holyrood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#40 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#43 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range: £69 - £225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Edinburgh City Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a few minutes from Edinburgh’s city centre and principal financial/business district, Edinburgh City Hotel is located in a superb spot. The Old and New towns are within easy reach, and tourist treats like Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Hollyrood Palace are as easy to get to free WiFi, stylish and comfy guest rooms and very competitive rates may just make your mind up that this is the hotel for you! Friendly welcoming staff will always go the extra mile to ensure your stay in Edinburgh is a memorable one. ... more   less 
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