We have just returned from a long weekend staying at Greyfriars apartment Number 1 in Parliament Square - as reviewed in the previous two reports. It was a six nation rugby weekend and as expected Edinburgh was bursting at the seams with supporters from Wales and Scotland - including us - having a ball. Accommodation is at a premium at this time and the cost for three nights in this one bedroom apartment was equal to the normal price of a medium/high end hotel chain. We expected a special experience - however the good was almost scratched by the bad.
The location is fantastic if you want to be in the centre of the city - ten minutes from Waverley Railway Station - next door to St Giles Cathedral - midway between the Castle and Holyrood House.
The booking process - all very smooth - good engagement and communication - just ask the right questions.
The representative - Derek met us at the apartment and gave us a quick tour - he is a very helpful guy and went out of his way to explain the set up - I suggest he is worth his weight in gold to the Company( and the Scottish Tourist Board) and I trust they recognise this.
The apartment is well equipped with a cooker , washing machine /drier , dishwasher and microwave oven - lots of crockery and things to cook with - fantastic if you plan to eat indoors rather than try the hundreds of Edinburgh eateries that are within a ten minute walk.
The bathroom looks , at first glance , very swish - facy whirlpool bath , gleaming shower and mirrored walls.
A big TV.
The welcoming bottle of wine.
Plenty of storage space.
And of course the location.
The not so good.
The bedroom and the bed - the bed just fits into the bedroom - 12 inches to the wall on one side and eighteen on the other, 12 inches to the door.
There is no window in the bedroom.
Few people i know would be comfortable sleeping in a room as described above with the door closed.
The noise - this is really important.
This flat is on the second floor - above an italian restaurant - the window looks out over Old Fishmarket Close - a key thoroughfare between the clubs and nightspots of the Cowgate and the Grassmarket and the High Street. A lot of footfall.
The windows are old single pane sash windows - they do not cut out any of the noise level. I do not mean the noise from a group of loud singing party goers - although there were a few of them - I mean the sounds of empty bottles being emptied by the downstairs pasta parlour and the conversations of the groups passing through the Close.
More noise issues include the downpipe that runs down the left hand corner of the bedroom - next to your pillow if you are sleeping next to the wall - every time a loo is flushed or a bath emptied in the rooms above the sounds are transferred through this pipe.
I can sleep at a bus stop - I have slept in a ships cabin next to an engine room for many years - but after our first night I resorted to buying some ear plugs - which went a little way to flattening out the sounds of the night.
I said at the outset that the prices for this two person apartment are in line with a good quality hotel room. The hotel will service your room every day - supplying you with fresh bedlinen and towels - remember this does not happen here.
In the hotel - even at the Premier Inn - you will be supplied with tea and coffee making ingredients - there was no welcome pack - only a couple of teabags probably left by a previous visitor.
We did have a great weekend - however I expected better things from Greyfriars Apartments and will not be back.
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