We stayed at the Travelodge, Edinburgh Central Queen Street in August 2013 for 5 nights - this was an overnight stay to allow one of us to catch an early plane from Heathrow. Our group consisted of 2 adults, two teenagers.
First things first: there is NO parking at this hotel. This is NOT advertised clearly on the Travelodge website - NOT GOOD. In addition, Edinburgh appears to be under major road construction, and many of the roads to the hotel were closed. When we got to the hotel, there was no obvious sign that the building was a Travelodge, and we had to park on double yellow lines to unload - NOT GOOD. When we asked at reception where to park, we were directed to a car park about half a kilometre away, which cost £16 a day to park - NOT GOOD!
The hotel itself is a nice Georgian fronted hotel on a clean, tidy street opposite gardens - however, these are private and you cannot get in to them :( Reception clean and spacious, and check-in staff were polite and efficient.
The lifts are unusual in that they have a voice telling you when the doors are opening, what floor you are on, etc. Unfortunately the voice appears to have been supplied by a failed RADA luvvie with very bad first nights nerves, which was a source of amusement for much of the stay.
The family room on the 1st floor was a good size; room was adequately furnished, clean and comfortable; bathroom a decent size and clean, and everything worked! Beds and sleep quality excellent, no noise from outside at all. TV was digital, decent size, decent range of channels, perfectly adequate.
Now the downsides: you have to pay for wi-fi, RIDICULOUS in this day and age - you can walk out of the hotel to the nearest Costa (5 mins away) and browse for free. Also - mobile phone reception in the hotel is shocking bad - you literally have to hold your phone out of the window to get a signal. In addition, the chairs in the room have got to be the most uncomfortable, badly designed in the world - everyone who sat in it complained of back ache afterwards.
Travelodge offer a breakfast option at around £5 per person, but there is a really nice little cafe about 100 yards from it that offers a bacon or sausage bap plus tea or coffee for £2.95, so we used that instead! There is also a Costa just up the road.
We used this as a base for the Fringe - there were several venues just a few yards away, plus plenty of bars and cafes and restaurants. It is a 20 min walk to the main centre of town, but the walk takes you through other Fringes areas where there was plenty to look at.
As a place to stay for the Fringe this was fine - typical Travelodge, clean, basic and cheap. If the hotel had parking, and decent phone reception, and free wi-fi, we'd rated it a lot higher.
Decent sized clean rooms
Good sleep quality
Good location for Edinburgh if you don't mind a walk
Cost of food - bit pricey for what it was
NO CAR PARKING
NO PHONE RECEPTION
Cost of wi-fi
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