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Halcyon Hotel
Ranked #126 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“What a lovely hotel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2011

We can't think of anything but good things to say about this hotel. My girlfriend and I stayed there for 3 nights at the beginning of Sept 2011. The proprietor was very helpful and attended to our dietary requirements - gluten free bread, soya milk and soya butter (which we hadn't even heard of!) The rooms were clean, comfortable and the entire hotel is beautifully decorated. The location is very good, just a few minutes walk into the city centre. We have already begun to recommend to friends and family and hope to go back one day! (do watch out for the "you're not booked in" joke on arrival though! ;) )

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank David P
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Darmstadt
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17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2011

Booked directly on Hotel's own website. Paid deposit via PayPal. Excellent price for location. Arrived at midnight this was no problem for the proprieter. Great breakfast and service from Dominka and co.
Room was not en-suite but the bathroom was next to the room and I was the only person using it so no problem. There is free wifi throughout as a bonus point
Room small but very comfortable. No TV in room but there's a large comfortable lounge that nobody seemed to use despite the hotel being full. When I checked out I still had a couple of hours to kill before my flight left, so they let me use the lounge to do some work on my laptop for a couple of hours utilising the free wifi. I was also offered a bacon butty before I left!

Great place for the price and location

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PJHDarmstadt
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2011

First of all,my fault really, didn't realise it wasn't en-suite - sharing bathroom not great fun. Everywhere was very clean and tidy and it's a beautiful old building. Proprietor has slightly strange sense of humour - greeted us with sorry you're not booked in, no vacancies, which he meant as a joke but after 6 hours travelling wasn't all that amusing. Price we thought was steep for a slip of a room with 2 singles placed end to end, one blocking the window. breakfast average - husband enjoyed it I didn't. All in all, wouldn't chose it again, wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they were stuck.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Ellesmere311
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Hong Kong, China
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31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Halcyon for one night and we'd definitely go back. B&Bs are often functional and heavy on rules. This has great character, a very warm welcome and a clear sense that guests are valued. Arriving early Saturday morning on the sleeper train from London (fun but arguably not the way to arrive refreshed, ready for a full day of sightseeing!) we turned up at the hotel at 8am, hoping to be able to drop off our bags and then head off to a cafe for breakfast. Instead we were told our room was ready, despite official check-in being after midday. You can't beat that. Doubtless it depended on availability, but it was offered immediately rather than after wrangling. It is a very positive impression. Rooms were spacious and spotless, beds extremely comfortable and towels and linen soft and well-laundered. And the team was first class, especially at breakfast. Few places are confident enough to let you see the kitchen, but this is such a smooth operation that there was nothing to hide. No individual cereal packets in sight, a creative fruit salad and cooked food to order (accompanied by the owner's little jokes!) at decent intervals to ensure maximum time to savour rather than being compelled to bolt it all down to get out of the dining room inside 15 minutes. Even better, the location was spot on: a few minutes' walk to Princes Street and on the direct bus route to Leith for the galleries and the Royal Yacht Britannia.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Xiaoxiong
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Worcester
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2011

The Halcyon Hotel is in a great location next to Calton Hill in Edinburgh. So it is good for early morning views over the city before walking into the centre.

The hotel is in a beautiful listed building, but as such it doesn't have a lift, central heating or double glazing. As we are relatively young and it was June this wasn't a massive problem, but I can imagine if you were older or it was winter, it could be an issue.

The owners and staff were very friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was good. We had to leave early on a trip one morning and they prepared something to take with us.

Final tip: We got a good deal booking directly through their website, as they run a number of promotional room offers.

Room Tip: Try and get a room on a lower floor, and make sure you ask for an ensuite.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank BensHols
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london
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2011

Good location, friendly service, very clean, great breakfast.

Room Tip: Must book en-suite
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tina079
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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2011

Georgian building and vintage furniture. Massive bedroom, but really small shower. A set back was the TV availability just in the common room and no wifi connection. We were going to leave to the airport in the middle of the night, so they offered to prepare a breakfast tray, very friendly touch.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ath021075
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Property: Halcyon Hotel
Address: 8 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Broughton & Calton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #126 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Halcyon Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 16
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