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Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Stayed here just for the night with a group of friend on a charity cycling ride in June. The standard was very good for student digs - rooms comfortable with good showers. The highlight was the extensive buffet breakfast. Also - its a pleasant 10 minute walk to many pubs and restaurants. Only downside was a pallaver in gaining access to our rooms - plastic cards kept refusing to work - with long walks back to Reception each time.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Stayed here while visiting Edinburgh with friends in August for the Fringe and Tattoo and what a great choice this was. With a beautiful and walkable highland as our backdrop we were greeted with bagpipers in the square in the middle of these well appointed dormitory style rooms complete with T.V.s and contemporary bathrooms. A bus stop a few minutes walk away took us to The Royal Mile in less then 10 minutes. Check in was quick and the staff was very helpful. Topping off this great experience was a huge breakfast buffet that would rival any cruise ship. Laundry facilities was an added plus.

Room Tip: I would ask for a room with highland view.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Stayed here for a work conference in Sept. Good basic accommodation with fantastic breakfast. Its a 40 min walk into the city centre or a 10min bus ride.

Only thing was the drinks in the bar were expensive - £7.10 for a 250ml glass of wine. Saying that it was the same price as in the pubs.

I think this is a good, basic place to stay in Edinburgh and would definitley stay again

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

We stayed at Pollock Halls during August for the fringe. At a time when the hotels in town are inflating their prices to ridiculous amounts, the Halls provide a cheap and convenient alternative. We stayed in single rooms with shared bathrooms in Turner Building. Knowing we were staying in student accommodation, I was prepared to rough it a bit for the four days that we were here. However, when we arrived, I was pleasantly surprised. The rooms are basic : sink, bed and desk. There is massive amounts of storage, and the room was kept clean, as were the sheets and towels. On the first night, there was a rather annoying spring running down the center of my bed, so in the morning, we turned the mattress over and problem solved ! If you are expecting five star hotel accommodation standards in the rooms, you may be a little disappointed, but it was more than suitable for my needs. The bathrooms are shared, although completely private, with a toilet, sink and shower in each. There are several on each floors, so you are never far away from one. Being a considerate bathroom user, I always tried to leave the bathroom in a reasonable state and not to occupy it for too long each morning. During my stay, the other guests on our floor seemed to follow this example too, although it would only take a couple of bathroom hogs, to cause a bit of a backlog. Overall though, I had no problem with the facilities, apart from the one morning when the hot water went off - what a bracing shower that was !

The one main problem with the halls is that it can be quite noisy. The walls and ceilings are thin and I had a couple of people in the room next to me and above me who seemed to love banging around and slamming doors at half past one in the morning and you do sometimes get very loud teenager roaming the gardens at all hours. This wasn't too bad for me as I sleep with my DVD player on, but if you need complete silence to sleep, you may want to think about ear plugs.

Breakfast was more than acceptable and was included in the price of the room (just over £50 a night). There is a massive arrays to choose from, including full english, continental, cereals, breads, porridge etc. You can even have free fizzy drinks if you desire it. Generally the quality of the food is ok, although the bacon was a bit tough. Be warned, breakfast is chaos. There are literally people everywhere, many of whom are from all over the world and don't necessarily have the same social skills of "getting out of the way" if people want to get past, so you do tend to find yourself dodging around and avoiding people who just stand in the middle of walkways and spin around, mindless of who or what may be behind them, but we never had a problem finding a table.

The halls themselves are located about 15 to 20 minutes walk to the center of town, which we walked, there and back everyday, so if you have mobility problems, you might want to look into the bus service just outside the door. This does however mean that you are right at the base of Arthur's seat if you wish to climb the "mountain" which we did during our stay.

Staff were all very pleasant and check in and out were quick and easy and there is a shop on site for any forgotten bits or refreshments you may want during your stay. Tip, buy water from the shop and not in town, it will save you a fortune !

All in all, a good, cheap alternative for the fringe and one we will certainly be using next year !

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

I have stayed here several times over the years, and again August this year. Even though I do like my pampering in 3/4 star hotels, student-style accomodation is never beneath me - as long as its of a decent standard.

And that is what you get with Pollock Halls. Its fairly basic, but certainly better than the rooms I had to stay in as a student. Besides, as most people have mentioned, the hearty breakfast makes up for some of the missing creature comforts. From memory, my room had a standard issue student desk and a sink/mirror.

The shared bathroom was literally 2 meters away from my room door, so I didn't have much of a walk if I needed to use it in the "wee" (ahem) hours. Do remember though, that in the morning everyone wants to use the bathrooms at the same time. They are numerous and scattered around the different floors, but don't forget morning = peak bathroom traffic.

For me, I kind of see a stay at Pollock Halls as an extension of the Fringe experience because there are so many event organizers, performers, school groups and of course punters staying there as guests. So somehow it just has that energetic festival vibe about it during the summer. On the years I've booked a 4-star, I've generally missed the breakfast and the buzz of Pollock Halls. Weird isn't it?

One note: Like most student-style accomodations built of a certain year, the mega hot water tanks are VERY close by and the water comes out VERY hot, so take care when using the taps.

The plus points are:
- Competitively priced to be budget friendly
- Very good breakfast (seriously, you can feed yourself for the whole day ahead)
- Within walking distance to pleasance and some other Fringe venues
- Being a Uni Hall, they are geared to servicing masses of people
- The view. It is very tempting to just start walking up that hill, get to the top and just take a load off and peer out above the city.

The minus points are:
- A fair trek/taxi/bus ride to Princes Street
- (in the summer months, if there is a good summer) rooms can get a bit sticky even with windows open by the full 5cm allowed by the window safety/security cord

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Stayed at Pollock Halls for three weeks in August at Lee House Residence. Full board, room cleaned & linen changed daily. Helpful and friendly staff. This is not luxury accomodation, there's higher spec (ensuite available too) but it was excellent value for money. Reception staff very professional and good customer service skills. Erin deserves special mention for going above and beyond the call of duty. Thanks to everybody at Pollock Halls for helping make my stay for enjoyable.

Room Tip: Some rooms face Arthur's Seat - an extinct volcano which is a fantastic sight at dawn or dusk.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

The place is very convenient, the staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms have nice layout and are comfortable. The breakfast was plentiful and of good quality. A perfect choice for all active tourists.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Address: St. Leonards Hall 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 218 Speciality Lodging in Edinburgh
Price Range: £80 - £389 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First 3*
Number of rooms: 1800
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pollock Halls is the perfect choice for larger groups and budget travellers visiting during the spring and summer. Our campus accommodation offers good value in a great location and you can look forward to a hearty breakfast in the Restaurant @ JMCC. Servery lunch and dinner are also available during the summer months. The cafe bar @ JMCC serves good food, fine wine, beers and spirits. ... more   less 
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