Stayed there during the Edinburgh Festival and found it easy to get back and forth on foot to all events and to restaurants even though the site is not right downtown. In fact, it's rather nice to escape the downtown crowds without being too far to get places. It's also an easy bus ride to the airport. A disadvantage of the location to be aware of, however, is that you can't get to it from the nearest major street without a good stretch on cobblestones -- unpleasant when pulling a suitcase or walking on really tired, end of festival-day feet. Another minus: the waterfront location makes the area a magnet for late-night revelers. We had to choose between sleeping in a stuffy room or not sleeping at all on several nights.
About the hotel itself. First, of course, it's nice to have an apartment rather than just a room: the washer was handy (beware, though, no dryer) and fridge came in useful for snacks. The photos overstate the elegance of the place, however. It is clean, but the carpet is stained, the furniture tacky (although servicable), the bathroom bare-bones. The bed was the worst I've had in a hotel in years. Service was minimal. We arrived exhausted as one does from long transAtlantic flights, and were told our room wasn't quite ready (even though it was well past check-in). Nothing said about any problems. Came back twice more -- no room until 5:30. Not until did the end did they say there'd been a mechanical problem that they could have predicted would mean a long repair. They offered us late check-out on our own departure day, but an early flight schedule made that useless -- no other effort was made to apologize was made. My sense was that a young staff is left in the small reception office, with no real power to problem solve.
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