Start with the one thing that might give you pause: the bed is a pull-down bed in the living room. It's a small double and it's a little hard. So if you can only sleep on a magnificently luxurious king-size mattress, this might not be for you.
However, continue with the good: the flat is excellently situated - comfortable walking distance from all the important sights in Edinburgh, close to a supermarket, cafes, restaurants, everything you need. It's also quiet at night, bright in the daytime, and comfortable to relax in. Communication with the hosts is seamless, and the flat is easy to get into when you have the instructions.
The very best thing last: it's right at the back of the castle, so if you are there in August, you can stand outside on the walkway at night and get a magnificent view of the fireworks when the Tattoo finishes each night.
This isn't a very large flat but the view is lovely. Starting with the negative:
Pretty much all of the moans I have about this property are actually about OUTSIDE the flat - the entryway isn't nice, the neighbours were noisy, it looks out over a courtyard where there was building work all day long when I went etc. None of this is down to the owner though, the only moans I have there is that the internet provided is child-locked and bans all adult content and the flat must have more than a dozen signs telling you to do/not do stuff. Together these two things made me feel a bit less welcome - hardly a home from home.
Now for the positive:
The flat was clean and well kept throughout. The shower might be a bit awkward to use but it was lovely when you got the hang of it. The views are amazing and really make this place special. The owner was very kind indeed in terms of leaving some basics (and little luxuries) to start you off in the kitchen. It was the first time I'd tried the oatcakes but I've become addicted to them since! Finally, the price was great!!! I looked all over Edinburgh and while there are better properties, this is far, far, better than anything else in the same price bracket.
This was our first visit to Edinburgh so my partner and I wanted somewhere central with flexibility to come and go, and to cater for ourselves. The communications with Deborah were quick and easy, the payment process simple, and the directions and instructions for arrival were clear. The apartment is next to Grassmarket and in a beautiful block that looks onto the Castle. This apartment is up two flights of stairs and the view from the kitchen and bathroom is glorious. The lounge area is beautifully furnished and homely, the kitchen is well stocked with utensils (plus the welcome pack is a nice treat), and the bathroom was spotless and bright. There is a pull down bed in the lounge which maximises the space, and we slept very well (it was also very quiet in the apartment). After extremely active days out and about (Arthur's Seat is a must), we were thankful to return to a well situated, comfortable base.
By the second day of our trip the apartment felt like home, and we were very sad to leave. Highly recommended for couples or friends, and for first time visits to Edinburgh. We also highly recommend that you check out the Visitors Book, and enjoy the night views of the Castle.
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A delightful place to return to each evening. Great location. Welcome basket a real treat.C lean and cozy and the views are amazing.
This is a great apartment for one or 2 people. I was by myself so plenty of room. The location is GREAT! You have easy access to everything and the "Hop on Hop off" bus stops right down the street about a block away. The pull down bed is actually very comfortable and I slept very well. It was stocked with everything I needed. Getting to and from the Airport was a snap (Check google maps for best route) and getting into the apartment was by far the most painless and simple process I have had with any rental and trust me I have done a few!
The kitchen is fully functional and I cooked every breakfast and had my morning coffee in peace. The area is safe and there is a secure front gate. Keep in mind you have to traverse 2 flights of stairs, but I am 51 years old and did not have any problem.
Every email was answered promptly and the apartment was very clean and tidy. The hot water pressure in the kitchen is kind of low BUT the water that comes out is mega hot (like lava hot) so that makes up for the lack of pressure. They laundry machine worked like a charm and kept me in fresh clothes for the week.
I really enjoyed my stay and would do it again!