A number of delegates from a conference I was attending stayed at the Links, mainly because it was one of the few hotels in the area with vacancies. Now I know why...
The hotel is located approximately a 15 minute walk away from the city centre, so it would be reasonable to expect that a good night's sleep could be obtained. Wrong. The hotel bar is open to all hours to the general public. Whilst this is handy for residents who fancy a late-night tipple, the reality is that extras from the Edinburgh equivalent of 'Shameless' are likely to disrupt your early hours. Not a place to stay for a relaxing getaway or family trip, unless your home town is Gaza. Or Glasgow.
The room itself was poorly maintained with threadbare, dubiously stained carpet and light fixtures/fittings which were faulty. Our room was also positioned next to the kitchen meaning that there was a heavy stench of deep-fried food and overweight, sweaty kitchen staff smoking in close proximity to our door. I'm unsure as to which was more repugnant.
The staff were friendly enough when we reported the lack of light in our room but unfortunately were ineffective at resolving this issue (and others), despite reassurances that they would. Looking at other reviews, I can see that other customers noted and reported similar problems with their rooms. They were equally unhelpful with resolving an issue of lost property following our stay. With numerous phone calls not returned by the hotel, a simple issue became somewhat of a saga, the upshot being that the cleaner failed to clean the room properly, leaving the item to be taken by the next guest. Apparently. Read in to that what you will...
Apart from that, it was fine.
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