Being Festival time, affordable accommodation was very thin on the ground, but reading tripadviser reviews we decided to book this older 3 star property. I've no idea who awards or how these stars are chosen, (I'll Google it later), all I can say is 'they got it wrong'.
This was one of the BEST hotels we've ever stayed in. It has character as soon as you enter the courtyard. The receptionists are pleasant and helpful and without fuss directed to our room; 204, a corner room in this old hospital building. The windows had secondary glazing, so there was no noise from outside, not even the fireworks from the Edinburgh Tatoo nearby. The bed was comfortable and the pillows ideal. The room decoration was in really good repair and all amenities serviceable. Not an exceptionally large room, but we only wanted a place to rest as we were there for the 'Fringe'.
Breakfast was outstanding. The staff attentive without being too imposing. My full English breakfast (it's not Scottish/Welsh etc.) was well cooked and substantial.
5-10 minutes taxi ride from Waverley train station and within walking distance of all Edinburgh's main sights makes the Edinburgh City Hotel the ideal place to stay.
Dear hotel manager ... Can we book for next year, we loved the Edinburgh Fringe.
BR, Trevor and Christine C.More