When looking for a suitable place to stay in Edinburgh that ticked all the usual boxes (central location, reasonable price, close to decent nightlife!) we first considered the usual well know big brand chains hotels. However , coming across the Edinburgh City Hotel it stood out because of the charming historic building it’s located in but with a modern interior.
Tick box 1: The location was great. On a quiet street only 10 minutes from the Royal Mile, about 15 minute walk from Waverly Station where we arrived and 5-10 minutes from Grassmarket with its pubs and restaurants. It was also about 10-15 minutes in a taxi to Edinburgh Zoo. There’s a handy Sainsbury’s located just around the corner from the hotel, and a lovely Turkish place where we went for breakfast most mornings. Tick box 2: Reasonable for a centrally located 3 star hotel. The budget chain hotels we looked at first were about £25 cheaper per night, however we decided to pay slightly more but got this more personal and quirky hotel. Tick box 3: Nightlife. We enjoyed a drink at the Grassmarket every night of our stay, and on a Saturday when the pubs shut about one-ish, it’s only a short walk onwards to Cowgate, where the party goes on to much later!
We stayed in two different rooms during our stay. A room tip: Don’t stay in room 105 if you’re a light sleeper. Or, just if you want any sleep at all. This was our first room was located right next to the reception and bar on the ground floor, which did cause some noise issues on the first night with a hen do keeping us up till the wee hours. We complained at 3am and the hen do was asked to move on. The next day we were moved without question to a different room on the first floor, which proved a quiet haven! Even though there were still parties in the bar we couldn’t hear them at all from our new room. The staff were very friendly and accommodation and did their best to help with our noise complaints, and did everything they could to fix the problem.
The rooms were a decent size, clean and with a nice modern decor. The shower was very good also. Despite the issues on the first night the rest of our stay was great. Would be happy to book again (providing we're not on the ground floor! :-)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Edinburgh City Hotel Scotland