We did not chose this hotel, someone else did the booking as we were here on business, but we have stayed in Accor hotels before and they are usually much the same which ever country you are in and our room was very much the 'standard issue', same bed, furniture etc.
I have some mobility problems and we were given disabled room on the 4th floor. It is a nice enough room, overlooking other bedrooms, so it is quiet. The bed was good and firm, and although it is August, we were glad that the air conditioning was easy to use, not too noisy, and you can warm the room as well as cool it.
The hotel is near to the Castle, so expect to hear some very large bangs late into the night from the guns and the fireworks, but that is a minor detail, and if you are a tourist you might well be up there watching the events. This hotel is very close to everything you will need in Edinburgh and it cost around £6 for a taxi from the station.
As I mentioned, we were in the disabled room. I cannot think what possessed someone to design a disabled room with a shower that is totally inaccessible to people with mobility problems, so I tweeted about this and all Accor said was they would take this up with the manager, but it is not his fault, it is the policy makers at the top who seem to think that if they put in a couple of handrails that will be enough. I have used Accor hotels in the past and this is a common design fault throughout the group's hotels, although I have stayed in an Ibis which had a wet room that was perfect and this is what they need to do with their other hotels too,
While I am talking about the bathroom, there is nowhere to hang your towels, yet a notice asks you to hang your towels to save the planet. There is also nowhere to hang your clothes, not even a coat hook on the door, and no toilet seat cover or even a toilet roll holder. The toilet roll was propped in the little sink by the toilet. A little box of hand cream / body lotion might have been a friendly touch too. We just got shampoo, soap and shower gel.
One person I have to mention is the young man who cleaned our room. I was working in my room one morning and forgot to put the 'do not disturb' sign on the door, so when he knocked I let him work around me and he was so nice, kept out of my way, and when he saw I had used both of the Earl Grey tea bags he went off and got me a new supply. The staff are all friendly and helpful too, their English isn't always good, but I suppose that is why they are working in the UK.
There is a pool and it was busy with children, and someone else has mentioned that there is no pull in space out front, and that did cause some problems as a coach parked right outside all day and night leaving cabs to pull up the road, rather than outside the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel is one of the city's leading 4-star hotels, centrally located close to the Royal Mile, Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle. With recently refurbished Superior, Executive and Suite rooms, the hotel is the perfect base for an Edinburgh stay. Our leisure facilities will be closed from the 8th January until 26th January. Additionally we will be refurbishing part of our bedrooms from 12th February to 1st June 2018. We have limited parking facilities on site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel Edinburgh
- Accor Edinburgh Centre
- Edinburgh Novotel
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