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The Original Raj Hotel
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

I was surprised by the other reviews on tripadvisor (I had read reviews on the booking site which were nowhere near as damning). We paid £79 to stay in a so-called deluxe room - Ayesha - and although it was too small and had no special touches other than a canopy bed to qualify it as deluxe, the room was fine and I thought the price was OK for a hotel so close to the city (£1.50 bus ride to Princes Street). Yes the place would benefit from a refurb but the bedroom, bathroom, bedding and corridors were all clean, bed was large and extremely comfortable, pillows were soft, there were extra blankets if we needed them, the room was at the back of the hotel and very quiet. Shower was powerful and hot, soap and shampoo provided. I was taken aback when I realised there was no cooked breakfast on offer, it was a very basic cold buffet of room temperature orange juice, 3 cereals, yogurts, croissants (cheap stodgy ones), and sliced bread to make toast. The cheese was sweaty squares in vacuum packed plastic, I felt appalled at what Continental guests would make of them. The hotel really needs to invest in at least a 2nd toaster, the guests were all circling each other waiting to pounce on the single 2-slot toaster. The coffee was excellent, but weirdly you had to ask for a pot of tea. I should have thought a vacuum flask of hot water and selection of tea bags would be easy?? The hotel has no car park, however we were staying on a Saturday night and at the weekends there is no restriction on parking in residential side streets so that was easy. Hair dryers are available on request from reception.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank FionaGLancaster
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

My partner and I stayed one night at this hotel recently . and we were very unhappy with everything about this hotel. I suppose you get what you pay for as it was very cheap, but the room was not very clean and shabby the bed was terrible (never slept all night ) and the breakfast was a disgrace cheap spam and greasy cheese. We stayed at this hotel a few years ago and were very happy with it but not this time. On the plus side the staff were pleasant enough and the hotel is fairly central to all the Edinburgh attractions, but I doubt if I would use this hotel again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Rifleman77
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We visited Edinburgh in July this year and because the Golf was on there was very limited accommodation, unfortunately we landed at the Original Raj. Very poor communication and greeting. The room were all but OK. The breakfast, if you can call it that was shocking. Most visitors to Edinburgh expect a traditional cooked breakfast, and guest houses go out of there way to provide the best, unfortunately this place does not. Not even a grunt from the person at the desk, simply make your own toast and that IT. We will certainly NOT be returning to this place at over £100 per night. Shocking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Scotsman2110
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

thank goodness we only booked one night. at first looks good different due to indian theme room very large however dirty and concerned that patio doors locked no key available surely a fire hazard. breakfast adisgrace bread cheese slices jam served on adirty table with very unfriendly staff watching.

Room Tip: higher floor quieter
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank themorgans15
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Me and my wife choose to go visit Edinburgh during the Easters. We had left with not much options as we were late in our bookings. The B&B costed us around £70 a night and was a complete waste of money. The rooms had no heating and were not clean. Despite of us trying to get the heating on it dont work. The reception Staff was friendly and helpful and tried the level best to keep us Happy but the Hotel condition it slelf was bad.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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