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Edinburgh Thistle Hotel
Ranked #87 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
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8 reviews
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“Great spot”
Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for one night only and wished it could of been longer. Reception staff was great, offered us info on places to eat nearby - excellent suggestions. Breakfast was included and was the best continental breakfast we had all holiday.

  • Stayed May 2014
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thistlehot, Manager at Edinburgh Thistle Hotel, responded to this review, 21 June 2014
Dear Bedlam56,

We would like to thank you for your recent visit to the Thistle Hotel, and for your recent feedback.
we look forward to welcoming you back in the future

Regards

Neil F.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

My husband and I recently stayed 4 nights at the Thistle hotel with 2 friends. We had a double-double room, with two queen beds - room 25, I believe. It was a very clean and spacious room with a desk and chair, TV, closet and a view of the gardens behind the hotel. Having just come from a tiny Paris hotel, this hotel felt like a mansion by comparison. The room was so comfortable that I slept like a rock every night there.

Continental breakfast was included in the price of the hotel. This consisted of a variety of cereals, granola, porridge, toast, croissant, yogurt, fresh fruit salad (that was not 90% melon!! yay!), meats and cheese, coffee and tea. It was both delicious and filling - perfect start to every day. You could also order a hot breakfast for an additional cost.

The staff really made our stay at the Thistle Hotel memorable. When we first arrived at the hotel, we were greet by the owner, Anique (sorry about the spelling), a bubbly French woman whose love for her hotel is apparent. She was very helpful with maps and suggestions of what to do around Edinburgh while we waited for our room to be ready (we showed up early, ~10 am. We were allowed to store our luggage on-site while we explored the town for a few hours). Later that day we met Neil, who is by far one of the most accommodating hotel staff members I have ever met. For example, one day, my friend made a joke that his porridge, while very good, would be much better with some chocolate syrup. So the next day, Neil made sure my friend had chocolate syrup waiting at our breakfast table. This joke repeated again, this time my friend wanted chocolate chips for his yogurt. Once again, Neil gracefully made sure my friend had both chocolate syrup for his porridge and chocolate chips for his yogurt. Linda, the breakfast host, was awesome and always made sure we had enough to eat and drink. She too enjoyed this joke between my friend and Neil. Neil was also very quick to help book a tee time for my husband and friend at a nearby golf course and recommended (and helped book) a lovely mini-spa day for myself and my girl friend. Neil was never bothered when I asked him on numerous occasions advice for places to eat, shop and visit.

In addition to the friendly staff and clean, spacious room, the location of this hotel was great! In less than a 10 minute walk, we could be in the heart of downtown Edinburgh, by the Castle, shops and pubs.

I would HIGHLY recommend staying here if you are ever in Edinburgh. I know I will be back if I ever have the pleasure of visiting Scotland again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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thistlehot, Front Office Manager at Edinburgh Thistle Hotel, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Dear Bisque3,

Thank you for staying at the Thistle Hotel on your recent visit to Edinburgh. We are pleased you have a remarkable stay, and that you would highly recommend us. It was a pleasure to have you with us and to be able to help you with the golf day for the husbands in kilts and the spa day for the girls to get pampered. I also enjoyed been able to show you some of Edinburgh, especial "BOBBY"....I hope that if you get chance to return to Edinburgh you would stay with us again, I will make sure there is chocolate chips and sauce for the boys.....,Kindest Regards Neil
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

We had never been to the UK before so we had a travel agency make our arrangements and that is how we found ourselves at the Thistle Hotel. We can reassure you we felt very lucky being treated as if we were there only guests, giving us quant local places to eat it and personal recommendations on all the area landmarks to visit. We plan on returning to Edinburgh and we fully intend to spend our nights in the Thistle Hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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thistlehot, Front Office Manager at Edinburgh Thistle Hotel, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
Dear orygunborn,

We would like to thank you for choosing the Edinburgh Thistle Hotel for you recent trip and for the feedback you have giving us. I am pleased to hear that our staff made you feel at home and treated you like you were the only guests.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Thistle Hotel in the future

Neil
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Dresher, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Recently stayed at the Thistle with a group of 22 seventeen year old students and three teachers. Justin, the desk clerk/concierge was incredible in helping to accommodate our large group while maintaining peace and quiet throughout the hotel/ His attention to detail made us feel valued an welcome, from arranging transport to making restaurant reservations to accommodating our large group for breakfast. The Thistle was a tru find in a beautiful and convenient neighborhood, with clean and comfortable rooms, and staffed by a thoughtful, professional and caring desk manager,.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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thistlehot, Front Office Manager at Edinburgh Thistle Hotel, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
Dear Patrick,

We would like to thank you for choosing Edinburgh Thistle Hotel for you trip to the city & for your recent feedback. I was a pleasure to have such charming and polite students staying with us and I am glad to hear out staff made your stay incredible and that you were made to feel welcome

Neil
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

Great value, pleasant welcome, clean rooms, great location, parking easier & cheaper than you may think. This will be our new base in Edinburgh for the future. Only a 5min walk from Princess St. and close to major transport links, Murrayfield, and Edinburgh Castle etc. This not the Thistle Hotel chain, but so much the better for that :)

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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thistlehot, Front Office Manager at Edinburgh Thistle Hotel, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
Dear Johnfcooper

I would like to thank you for staying at our Edinburgh Thistle Hotel on you trip and for your recent feedback. I am please to hear that you have made us your new base for trips to Edinburgh and look forward to providing the "pleasant welcome and great value you received previously,

we look forward to your return visit

Neil
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2014

We had hoped to stay at a local "boutique" B&B on the night in question, but they were full, and recommended the Thistle. It proved excellent value, and in particular, we were impressed by the friendly welcome, and the time taken to point us in the right direction to our local destinations (we are notorious for getting lost!). Even though we arrived right at the end of breakfast, we were again made very welcome, and service was quick, and the food of a high standard.

Definitely a place to stay at again, as we visit Edinburgh regularly.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank John H
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thistlehot, Front Office Manager at Edinburgh Thistle Hotel, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
Dear John

We thank you for staying with us at the Edinburgh Thistle Hotel and for your recent feedback. we are extremely pleased to hear that our staff were "welcoming &friendly" and service was of a "high standard ".

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future

Neil
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2014

we stayed at this hotel recently for our anniversary.of course it's 'older'than a regular 4 star hotel,it's a Georgian townhouse with many period features.and this explains why there are no lifts but for goodness sake stairs will not kill you!! our stay was made all the more special as we'd been upgraded to the suite.this room was lovely and overlooked the main street,which was surprisingly quiet,no noise.staff were very friendly and helpful.at no point did we witness them to be running around overwhelmed and stressed out.it is slightly further out than I had thought but pinces street was only about ten minutes walk away,thankfully the weather was good to us. we had a very enjoyable stay and hopefully will return.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank travelbug32Scotland
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thistlehot, Front Office Manager at Edinburgh Thistle Hotel, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
Dear travelbug32Scotland

we would like to thank you for your recent feedback, and for choosing the Edinburgh Thistle Hotel for your recent Anniversary trip to Edinburgh, We are pleased you enjoyed your upgrade and that our staff were both helpful and friendly.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future

Neil
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Property: Edinburgh Thistle Hotel
Address: 59 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7EG, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#20 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#37 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#44 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Edinburgh Thistle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Edinburgh Thistle Hotel is located in the prestigious, quiet and residential west end area of Edinburgh New Town.The hotel is central and near to Edinburgh Castle, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and of course the renowned Princes Street with its vast array of stylish shops and stores. Established in 1924, the hotel has retained most of its original period features, having once been a Georgian Town House. ... more   less 
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