Tourists like to "experience" a new culture without the inconveniences and travelers want to live it, warts and all. This is the perfect place from which to "live" Edinburgh with a paucity of warts. This is a flat, not a hotel, and you're as much on your own as you would be at home. That said, the owner, Billy, was always friendly and very helpful with our inquiries and requests, even referring my 70-plus mother to an excellent nearby physical therapist who relieved her of serious muscle spasms the same day she called for an appointment.
We three adults were in the flat on the third floor front (if you're American - second floor if you aren't) so the walk up may be an issue for some. However, the staircase is wide and beautiful with even stairs and lighting that comes on as you walk up. There is a comfortable sofa in the lobby if you need to catch your breath after walking all over town and plenty of landings to rest on if necessary on your way up to your flat. Despite the upper level we had excellent water pressure in the shower, the water is scalding hot right out of the tap and never seems to run out. The flat itself is clean, bright and airy. We left the windows open the whole week we were there. And as for quiet, other than road noise from the open windows, if we hadn't seen other people in the hallway on one or two occasions we would have thought we were the only tenants.
Edinburgh is much like San Francisco in that parking is at a premium but you can walk or take a bus nearly everywhere you want to go. From the flat, Sainsbury's superstore is half a kilometer in one direction (for stocking the small but neat, well-appointed kitchen) and New Town is half a kilometer in the other direction. The bus stops on Queensferry Road right in front of the building. For those who are only visiting Edinburgh and don't plan on ranging the countryside, I suggest you buy a bus pass instead of renting a car for those days you don't want to walk.
All in all, this is one of the best places I've stayed during my travels, and we definitely plan on staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Based a few minutes walk from Edinburgh's city centre, 10 Clarendon Crescent is a perfect base to explore the riches of Scotland's capital, either as a weekend stopover or for a short-term business visit. Our five self-contained apartments fuse traditional Georgian architecture with modern design flair and technologies. The full height windows overlook the local gardens and are equipped with modern stylish furnishings coupled with state-of-the-art fittings with high-speed internet connection for business visitors. ... more less
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- 10 Clarendon Crescent Edinburgh, Scotland