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“Just ok, nothing special.” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
Ranked #55 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Just ok, nothing special.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

Arrived Friday early evening with my hubby and another couple. Reception staff very welcoming, but found it odd to pay fully on arriving. Was given rooms near each other, but however didn't realise how big hotel was. Our route to our rooms involved several turning rights. 2 lifts and a long corridor. A good 5 minute journey to our rooms.
Rooms very clean and accommodated our needs fr 2 nights. Beds extremely comfy and pillers to die for. ( would love some fr home)
Bar very exspensive. Got a bottle of coke and 2 packet of crisps -£7!!!!!

Would stay again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

(+) Central location, convenient for walking around the city centre and visiting all the main spots of Edinburgh
(+) Nice room

(-) The reception desk misguided us on paying in Euro instead of pounds despite asking them if it is the same. The conversion rate was 3% higher if you paid straight in Euro using a card than paying in pounds and letting your bank do the conversion. Everyone around that had any kind of business seem to be aware of it.
(-) The mattress was way to soft.
(-) There was lack of room service and no telephone to contact reception.
(-) No fridge

In general, with a few tweaks it could be a nice city hotel. It has potential but currently is overpriced.

Room Tip: Ask to pay in pounds and do not accept to pay in Euro.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

less than 100£ the room for 2 BB!
Ideally located at 2 min walk from Waverley train station, this newly open hotel has everything a 4* star hotel for the price of a 3*. No more ashamed to receive corporate meetings in the hotel.
Nice and cosy bar (with a selection of scotch...) fire place and barrel tops as tables....
Large room, comfy bathroom nicely decorated, one thing yet, white tv on a white wall could have supported a surrounding frame in wood colour like the bed.
Friendly staff, good breakfast, will definitely go back there to discover Edinburg as a tourist....
WELL DONE MOTEL ONE;

Room Tip: be careful Twin bedroom don't have separated beds, It's in the concept just to let you know
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2013

I stayed here with my brother 3 nights at end of April. As other people have mentioned its absolutely perfectly located in the Old Town near to the Royal Mile, train station and loads of nice little independent shops. The rooms are very nice & modern, but a bit on small side. The beds were a little bit too firm even for my liking. There was a nice little lounge area at the entrance where you can have coffee or something stronger later.... This hotel is excellent value for money and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

Room Tip: Room 616 had lovely views over city.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 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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scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2013 via mobile

I stayed in this hotel on 8 th May and i was not disappointed.You can basically see the hotel when you exit the train station,the location is super handy.The hotel was scrupulously clean and modern.Like other reviews have mentioned the communal areas are quite warm,there was only two small bottles of shower gel available in the bathroom(no soap) and there wasn't a lot of storage space but for a reasonable priced clean and safe motel right in the centre of town it really is a great place to stay and I wouldn't hesitate to stay again if Im in Edinburgh for a night or two,and i would definitely recommend anyone else to choose this hotel.The room was decorated nicely,everything is fresh and new (it is a very new hotel)with lovely linens,I had a great sleep and the waterfall shower was great.Id probably skip breakfast if I stayed again as there are so many other places to eat nearby but I really can't fault this hotel.

Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Gravesend, England, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2013

Good hotel in a good location. Clean room with nice amenities. My only gripe was internet was very slow in peak times, but at least they offer free internet unlike some hotels. The only improvement I would add would be an exit on the Cockburn Street side, as can take a while to reach reception from the far end of the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Motel One Edinburgh-Royal

Property: Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
Address: 18-21 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BL, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Princes Street and Gardens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Motel One Edinburgh-Royal 3*
Number of rooms: 208
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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