On the plus side this hotel is very clean and very peaceful, I heard no noise from other rooms or from the corridor at all. The location is also very good, right next to Waverley station and short walking distance to lots of the tourist attractions and new town.
However I felt that the website was slightly misleading, the pictures of the rooms make them look much bigger than they are, in reality we had a very small stuffy room. The reception area and bar are very stylish and modern but give a wrong impression of what the rooms will be like. They are along the same lines of a premier inn rooms with a more modern bathroom.
The layout of the hotel is very confusing, as the rooms are spread over two different buildings and to get to your room you need to navigate a seemingly never ending maze of corridors. We were in room 639 and had to get a lift to the fifth floor, took a long confusing walk which finally led over a glass bridge to the next building then another lift up to the 6th floor and another few corridors to our room.
We had issues with the temperature control of the room, at night we couldn't get it to work at all and spent a very uncomfortable night as the heat was awful in the room, even with the window open. In the morning the aircon did come on, but too little too late!
Little touches in the room could improve the hotel overall, like the plugs on the frame round the bed are black and nearly impossible to see, we didn't realise they were there until we were leaving and had our mobiles charging on the floor at the other side of the room all night. No tea or coffee facilities and no room service.
For £84 i feel this was a lot to pay for a basic small room. Next time if i was looking for a budget hotel in edinburgh I would use the travelodge behind princes street, same idea but same type of room and close to everything but much cheaper.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Motel One Edinburgh-Royal has prime position in the hub of the city, on bustling Market Street, a stone’s throw from the Waverley Railway Station and the Royal Mile, close to the shopping strip, main attractions, businesses, and popular nightlife.Based on the concept "Great design for little money" the Motel One brand offers high standards of service and great design for budget conscious guests in city centre locations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Motel One Edinburgh-Royal Scotland