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Review of Novotel Edinburgh Centre

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Novotel Edinburgh Centre
Ranked #75 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
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Ayr, Scotland
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37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Functional”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2009

Good location. Nice large rooms.

Horribly lacking in character in public areas. Breakfast an overheated, dried out buffet. Toilet/bathroom separate - wierd.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2009

We stayed for two nights; the room was comfortable, spacious and very clean. The air conditioning didn't work but we were provided with a fan which did cool us down sufficiently. We found the staff to be exceptionally polite and helpful. I agree with a previous comment on the room layout being inconvenient as regards to toilet and bathroom but otherwise we were very happy with it and would definitely stay there again.
We had no problems at breakfast time (unlike some previous guest's comments). We never had to wait for anything and there was always a good choice of items. We found that staff couldn't have been more helpful.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cacapava, SP
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2009

For a Novotel I just found this one had no atmosphere. Service was a bit boring in both, reception and bar. Bedrooms although big the air conditioner was not working. And I had reserved two bedrooms and in both of them nothing! Toiletries for a 4 star hotel left a lot to desire. On the good side, is well located, clean and the bedrooms are big.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mariana_9
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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2009

I spent a weekend in Edinburgh while on a business trip to the UK. This was leisure time for me and I could not be happier about my choice to visit Edinburgh when I had the chance.

What I LIKED:

LOCATION: Much of the touristy part of Edinburgh is practically at the Novotel's doorstep. I was able to see Edinburgh Castle from my room and it was just a short walk away. Of course, that means that the Royal Mile and Princes Street are also just a short walk. There were also a couple museums that were not far. For a quick weekend, this hotel allowed access to many of Edinburgh's most famous places.

ROOM: I didn't really have high expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. The room was fairly sizable and incredibly modern. It wasn't a five star hotel, but it was very clean and comfortable...perfect for a weekend. Think IKEA hotel...and I mean that in the best possible way.

BREAKFAST: I feel like I always have a comment on the breakfast at a hotel...leave it to the American to center on food! The breakfast here was nicely done. A good variety of cereals, eggs, and pastries. Decent service, not stellar, but decent.

What COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER

BED: The bed was a bit firm for my taste; however, you should expect that across much of the UK and Europe. Again, thinking IKEA hotel, the matress is on a platform bed, ergo firm.

BATHROOM: This is a small thing. The toilet was a separate room from the shower and vanity. I can see the advantages of that if you are traveling with someone else. However, it did make hand washing (especially in the middle of the night) a bit inconvenient.

I really can't think of much else to say about the hotel under the "could have been better." Overall, it's a hotel that meets all practical needs of the traveler in a clean and modern way. Of course, I also fell in love with Edinburgh which probably would make me less apt to see other potential faults of the hotel. I would recommend this hotel and I DEFINITELY recommend getting to Edinburgh!

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank oxman78
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Chennai (Madras), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2009

I found the Novotel while looking for a hotel with smoking rooms - a very difficult task anywhere in the UK outside of London. The hotel turned out to be quite decent and very clean, but the location was a bit off. The Royal Mile was a good 25 minute walk, and Princess Street closer to 45 minutes.

  • Liked — They have smoking rooms
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank oarkrj
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Midland, Texas
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33 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2009

We found this hotel on Priceline for a good rate. It is only about 5 minutes walk to the city center. The rooms are very modern and stylish, with some unusual designs. We had plenty of room, with a good TV. It was a warm day when we arrived and left and the air condition never got very cool. The car park was full and we were forced to park on the street and feed the meter.
We did not try breakfast since we read that it is usually very busy. We opted to stop at a nearby Tesco and pick up some items to store in the in-room fridge. The hotel also has internet service for a fee in the lobby.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MsEditor2
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Dublin
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2009

More of a glorified 2 star in my opinion! Bath-sized swimming pool and sink-sized bath in room gives the impression that they were added solely to reach the requirements for that extra star! Hence bad value due to its 4 star prices! Also beware of extra charges which are not clearly stated when booking. Booked a hotel room which fits 3 adults only to be charged extra on arrival for the 3rd adult. Monetary exchange rates they offer are laughable also! When booking we were told car parking was available for us, on arrival told car park was full. Finally, found staff relatively unfriendly and unaccommodating with a few exceptions. In general wouldn't recommend this hotel, bad value for money and unfriendly staff!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank horner2009
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Property: Novotel Edinburgh Centre
Address: 80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DE, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Green Hotel in Edinburgh
#41 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#52 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Edinburgh Centre 4*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Novotel Edinburgh Centre is an AA rated 4 star hotel in the centre of Edinburgh. Perfect for a holiday in the Scottish capital, close to Edinburgh Castle and the lively Grassmarket Area, 10 min walk from Princes Street shopping and the Royal Mile. The famous Arthurs Seat is 15 min walk away and Edinburgh International Airport 15 min drive. Relax with friends or family and enjoy Elements Restaurant and Bar, 24 hour room service, indoor pool, sauna, steam room, gym and whirlpool. Limited pay parking. Complimentary WiFi available. ... more   less 
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