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Residence Inn Edinburgh
Ranked #36 of 148 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Time to put it right!”
Reviewed 16 July 2012

I have read a varied selection of other reviews and would agree on most of the common points: ie. corridors stifling, no air con, only one lift, breakfast area ill thought out, sink inside the room (weird), no bottled water supplied. Our dishwasher did not clean effectively. However we found the room quiet, clean and comfortable. The staff were very pleasant and accommodating.
Judging by the reviews it would not take too much effort to put most of these matters right. Come on Marriott, you have had excellent free feedback!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

Once again the Marriott staff were very friendly and helpful. I enjoyed staying in this hotel. The room felt very clean, and I love the hardwood flooring. I did get upgraded during my stay there to be aware that I am not grading this based on a standard room.

I stayed in Edinburgh for two nights and arrived by train from Leeds. The train station is not far, but if you are carrying luggage, be aware that it is a bit of an uphill to walk to the hotel. You can actually walk to the train station in 15 minutes, and it’s a nice walk, but I wouldn’t do it with more than two hand-carries.

The interesting thing about the hotel is that it actually looks out of place because the complex is of modern design in the middle of classic Scotland architecture. If you arrive to the hotel late in the evening like we did, there are only a few dining options available to you since restaurants’ last call are typically at 11 PM. There is a place called “Favorit” up the road on Teviot Pl. that opens late and serves “ok” food for late evening. There are other late-night food joints around the area but again, it’s not dining restaurants, but just late-night eats.

The hotel is not far from the Edinburgh castle, which I unfortunately didn’t have time to visitm. And there is also Arthur’s Seat. If you like running and hiking like I do, you’ll understand why I visited Arthur’s Seat instead of the castle. The hotel is also close to the Grass Market pub area, which I have been told is where the college kids hang out, so go there at your own risk.

Keep in mind that I only stayed for the weekend, so I can't say whether my opinion that this hotel is in a "great location" would apply for those staying for much longer duration. I feel that it would.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

I have just wrapped up a three-night stay at the Residence Inn Edinburgh.

For starters, having read many reviews, I e-mailed the GM in advance to request a lower floor to combat the heat complaints. Amazing, he e-mailed back in minutes (on a Sunday) and openly acknowledged that the complaints were fair that he would do his best to accommodate our request (low floor – which he did). For better or worse, the weather was absurdly cool for July (low 50s) so it was never an issue. That said, we were upgraded to a 1BR which was an idyllic "home base" for our long weekend.

The room itself was – as others have reported – exceptionally modern. Hardwood floors, Bosch kitchen appliances, two flatscreen televisions and excellent shower water pressure pretty much fulfills every reasonable checklist. The hotel staff was excellent and it felt much more like a small, private apart-hotel than a Marriott property (not a complaint at all). I will agree that the breakfast area was very busy during what felt like just about the whole breakfast window but no big deal.

The location in Edinburgh was perfect. It was ten minutes walk to the Royal Mile and Grassmarket, three minute stumble to the nearest pubs, one minute to Starbucks and Sainsbury's. Clearly the Quartermile area is continuing to be developed but for now, it's a pleasant little urban oasis.

This is a great property in a great location in a great city. I'd return without thinking twice.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

The hotel here is pretty fairly new and built in the new Quartermile area right by the University of Edinburgh. It's very conveniently located about a 10 minute walk to the Royal Mile but it's a great walk since you walk by a lot of other sites, shops and restaurants. It's also a 5 minute walk from the National Museum.

The room is very spacious and large with modern decor and floor to ceiling glass windows. It was pretty much the best hotel we stayed at on our entire 2-week vacation.

The staff was very friendly, nice and welcoming. The hotel includes breakfast which was a full breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, cereals, yogurt, toasts, etc.

Nearby the hotel is a market which you can go to get groceries or water or drinks. There is also a great Malaysian restaurant right next to the hotel which serves amazing Malaysian food (even better than Malaysian food that we've had in Malaysia!).

We were also traveling around the countryside and returning to this hotel, and they let us store our luggage for no extra charges.

There is a lot of heat in the hallways of the upper floors. We stayed on the 6th floor and experienced the heat in the hallway which we couldn't understand why it was so hot. But the room inside was fine and we were able to open the windows which helped bring in the cold air. The second time we stayed on the 2nd floor and the heat wasn't too bad in the hallway.

There is only one elevator which takes forever to wait for since it can be pretty slow. And sometimes when you get in the elevator it takes you up before you can go down. That was the only annoying part of hotel.

Everything else was perfect! Would definitely recommend anyone to stay here!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank OrganizedTourist
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

Our partner booked in us so we didn't even have a clue. We were in one-bedroom apartment which was relatively spacious except the bathroom (toilet and shower cubicle). The sink was between bedroom and bathroom which looked odd and had no space for toiletry.
It was close to the city centre and there was a market (forgot the name) and nice Malaysian restaurant near by. It is surrounded by apartments/office buildings so the curtain must be drawn all the time unless you don't mind.
It took forty minute taxi ride from the Edinburgh airport. The weather of the UK this summer (June 2012) was wet and cold so it wasn't surprising that corridor heating was pumping unbearably warm air. But the room temperature was comfortable. The lift was only one so it seems ages.
The frontdesk staff were very hlepful but somewhat short staffed as I saw them were busy taking care of incoming guests thus they couldn't answer the phone.
Wifi was free for unlimited devices. Loads of TV channels however, no bottled water was provided.
Overall very nice.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

My husband & i have just spent the weekend at the Marriott Residence in Edinburgh. It rained all weekend, but the warmth of the hotel made up for the weather.

The hotel was new, modern, very clean and great value. The hotel would be suitable for families, couples, groups, singles & business people.
The staff were exceptional, very friendly and not too busy to share a few words with us.
The breakfast was very good, everything we could have wanted was available, The hotel was near to the centre about a 10 minute walk, but if you want to stay near the hotel there are plenty of bars and restaurents to choose from.

We certainly will go back to this hotel again, hopefully the weather will be better.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Catherine D
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

As good as a major city apart/hotel gets. Rooms spacious, facilities excellent, parking nearby, decent breakfast, pleasant and efficient staff.
I can't think of anything negative to report.
The location is also good - a short walk from the centre and main attractions. In fact better placed than most of the more central hotels.
If you are a wheelchair user it is even better news... free parking outside, lifts and excellent disabled facilities.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Residence Inn Edinburgh
Address: 36 Simpson Loan | Quartermile, Edinburgh EH3 9GG, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Southside & Holyrood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#23 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#23 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#50 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Residence Inn Edinburgh 4*
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We're delighted to bring you the UK's first Residence Inn by Marriott offering you short and long stay Edinburgh accommodation. Set a pace that suits you at Residence Inn by Marriott. Whether you're with us for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months, your daily routine matters. Located in the heart of Edinburgh in the new Quartermile development you have it all at your fingertips with Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Princes Street, the Meadows, the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament all with in a few minutes walk. You'll thrive at Residence Inn with all the conveniences you need. Like spacious studio, superior studio and one bedroom suites with separate living, working, kitchen and sleeping areas. Complimentary grocery delivery service to fill your refrigerator and satisfy cravings. Complimentary internet for connecting to work and the outside world. Free hot breakfast to start mornings off right and evening social hours to end the day well. ... more   less 
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