Went up to Edinburgh for a wedding on the 28th December 2013. Because the date of the
wedding was close to New Year's Eve, we booked 4 nights stay as neither of us had ever experienced Hogmanay before in Edingburgh, so wanted to stay for that. We booked about 2 weeks in advance and the price was £410 for 4 nights. Although it's very expensive for a Premier Inn, it was the cheapest hotel that we could find for those dates. We were about 3 miles from Edinburgh city centre. The number 10 bus from outside the hotel takes you to the city centre in about 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can walk in about 45 minutes. We walked twice and took buses the rest of the time.
Before this trip I had never stayed in a Preimer Inn before. I wasn't expecting anything great, given that it is a budget hotel. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the room that we had (room 125). It was clean and quite spacious, with a good bed and a chaise loungue. The room also had sea views and overlooked the tennis courts of the leisure centre next door. The bathroom was a good size with a bath and a shower over the bath.
The staff were smiley and everyone said hello every time you walked past them in the corridor.
The only thing that was a problem was that there were lots of families (with kids!) staying in the hotel at the same time. The kids were very noisy and kept running up and down the corridors and making lots of noise. This was especially bad in the mornings, when they would wake up each morning of my stay without fail. The irony is that the hotel has posters on each corridor door with pictures of little kids saying '' Shhhh, be quiet'' or words to that effect. Unfortunately the posters don't have any affect on the behaviour of the kids that were staying at the hotel. I blame the parents...
The ceiling between floors don't seem to be soundproofed, as we had a noisy person in the room above ours, and we could hear them thumping around above whenever we were in our room.
The hotel is in a nice spot in an area that looks to have been recently regenerated. The delights of Leith/NewHaven are just around the corner from the hotel, including Michelin starred 'The Kitchin' (unfortunately they were closed for Christmas/New Year when we were there, so we didn't get to eat there).
There is also an Asda a few minutes from the hotel which is useful for forgotten essentials (it opens 24 hours). It also has a nice cafe, where we had breakfast every day, as it was cheaper than eating breakfast at the restaurant adjacent to the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wake up to sweeping harbourside views before hopping in a bus or taxi straight into town ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Edinburgh (Leith) Hotel Edinburgh
- Premier Inn Edinburgh Leith Waterfront Hotel Scotland