The Best Western Kings Manor Hotel is quite a ways out of town, but it is near the sea, was the right price, and has a pool and small spa -- just what I needed for my week’s stay.
Portobello is a short walk from the hotel. It was a popular beach resort for Edinburgh residents until the early 1900s, with a long pier and amusements. As has happened with most UK beach resorts, the public moved on to other travel options. All that is left is an esplanade, a swim club, a tired looking amusement building and a few small cafes.
The Hotel has a nice bistro and a hotel dining room. Both served excellent meals with pleasant, efficient service. The only disappointment was that they don’t have a la carte breakfasts -- only a full Scottish breakfast in the dining room (the bistro is not open mornings). I did indulge once, but chose to take the bus into the centre of Edinburgh (about 25 minutes, runs about every 1/2 hour) and have my breakfast there. It was actually a nice way to begin and end my day, and I ended up going in most days into the city.
My visit to the spa included a massage and pedicure, both well worth the money and relaxation value. I used the pool on a daily basis.
The rooms are clean, the staff is friendly and, while there seemed to be tourist buses dropping off people all the time, there was not an overabundance of noise or lineups to spoil my stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional style hotel with family owner / manager. Constantly being upgraded to meet the demands of today's traveller. Bar, restaurant, bistro, free parking extensive leisure club including pool sauna, steam room and spa bath. Family rooms available. Quick, reliable inexpensive public transport to city centre and all city's attractions. Set in quiet suburban setting a few minutes walk to the beach and harbour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Best Western
- Best Western Kings Manor Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland