I stayed in the Highland Room, a single with ensuite bathroom for 45 GBP (around $80US), the off season rate since it was January 2006.
Room-the single was spacious enough, plenty of room to move around and for my luggage. The bed was fine, there's a small TV inside the room and tea service. The Highland Room does not have a view of Edinburgh Castle. The room is cleaned daily.
Bathroom-the bathroom was en suite, not shared like many guest houses which is a definite plus for me. The water pressure wasn't terrific but there was plenty of hot water. Toiletries provided were soap, shampoo and bath gel, towels are replaced daily.
Breakfast-one of the highlights of the Castle View is the breakfast, you can start off with a full Scottish breakfast or several other choices, I had bacon and scrambled eggs both morning along with toast and tea, a terrific way to start out a long day of touring.
The owners were as nice as can be, Coranne made me breakfast each morning and was delightful and I was greeted by Derek who kindly hauled my luggage up the last flight of stairs. You can come and go as you please, they give you keys to all of the doors and your room is locked during the day.
Restaurants nearby-recommended-Fisher's in the City on Thistle, three I didn't get to try but came recommended, La Tasca (Spanish), Centotre (Italian) and Mussel Inn (seafood). And there are a bunch of places along Rose Street.
A word of caution-the guest house is located on the 3rd and 4th floor of a small office building and there is no elevator and no bellhop to help you with your luggage. They fully advise you of this when you book with them, if you can't carry your luggage up 3 flights of stairs, this is not the place for you.
And for someone making a brief 2 1/2 day stop in Edinburgh, the location was not as good as I had thought, I spent most of my time over near the Royal Mile so every day I had to hike up the hill to get to the Royal Mile. It was convenient for the Airbus from the airport, I got off at the West End stop and walked about 10-15 minutes to get to the Castle View. There are bus routes along Princes Street however if you're not up for the hike every morning.
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- Also Known As:
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- Castle View Guest House Edinburgh, Scotland