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“Nice warm place on a cold night”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Thistle House

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Thistle House
Ranked #327 of 444 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Manchester, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Nice warm place on a cold night”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

I stayed for one night during the snowy March of 2013. The area is beyond the Commonwealth Pool on the Dalkeith Road, so using the bus (which stop 50m from the B&B) is recommended. The owner, who's English was quite accented (but then so is mine) was extremely friendly and the check in was painfree. As is increasingly common with the cheaper B&Bs in Scotland money is expected up front (too many defaulters I suppose), but the room was a cosy ensuite with very comfortable and recently refurbished furniture and the wifi worked a treat. The view over the back gardens with the snow was indeed beautiful.
The ensuite was snug, especially the shower, I would not recommend it to the size 18+.
Breakfast was 'light', ie. continental, cereals, toast, yoghurt and hot drinks and well presented.
Overall a good place to stay, if you know who to use the public transport system.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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johannesburg
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights over new year. Owner friendly but English not great, wanted payment as soon as we walked in, but we insisted on checking out the rooms first. Double en suite was a large room with a tiny shower room but clean and comfortable.The furniture is old but i suppose it suited the building. For the price we paid i suppose it was value for money, and the continental breakfast was adequate. For a short stay it suited our needs.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Salt Lake City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2012

We stayed at the Thistle House and enjoyed our stay very much; the hotel is lovely and the location is excellent--2-3 blocks from Haymarket station and just a short walk to Princes Street as well as the Royal Mile. The staff was very accommodating and offered excellent suggestions for restaurants nearby and the quickest walking path. The breakfast was fine but a little limited but overall the Thistle was great.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2012

We had an amazing time! We were lucky to get the big bedroom, it was very clean. Free wifi & breakfast were included, no complains there. Just one thing, I could hear my next door so I am not sure if the sound proof is bad or they were really loud but it did not bother me. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was decent, I really liked it there.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for a week. Overall we had a very pleasant time here. There was always a free on street park near by, usually right out the front of the guest house. The staff were so nice and friendly. We were always greeted with a smile. The free continental breakfast is basic but suited us fine. The room was comfortable and clean. Also very warm! We stayed in a double ensuite with free tea and coffee facilities and TV. Room is serviced as requested. I would absolutly reccomend The Thistle House. The transport into the city centre is very easy a bus across the road every 5 - 10 mins. Great value for money accomodation.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2012

I spent only one night in Edinburgh and stayed in this place. The staff is helpful but the policies of this hotel are not convenience for customers. In my opinion, it is fine to charge 2% in the case of using credit or debit card but they haven't informed on booking via internet. There would be breakfast but only cereal and juice, if you prefer to have hot breakfast, you might need to pay addition charge about 5 pounds. Again, it had not informed via booking. The room is fine but not be impressed because the bed sheet is quite old and look cheap. Overall, this hotel might not worth for money.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

The staff are wonderful, helpful & attentive.
I asked if they had soy milk at breakfast and they dashed out to get me some right away. They even offered to buy in vegan options for breakfast for me. Our late arrival & early departure were also no problem for them. Generally pleasant & helpful at all times.

The Location is good. It is a bit away from the centre (30 minute walk approx') we were happy with that. It is in a pleasant area which has regular, bus links & getting a taxi is not to pricey.

Our room was an ensuite double. It was large & comfy with tea&coffee facilities, tv & hair dryer. It was cleaned daily and we were very happy with it.

I felt that this B&B was great value for money and would recommend it to anyone who doesn't want a city centre hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Property: Thistle House
Address: 1 Kilmaurs Terrace, Edinburgh EH16 5BZ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
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Ranked #327 of 444 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Thistle House 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Thistle House is a spacious Victorian building close to Edinburgh's major attractions. Ten rooms, each tastefully decorated to ensure a warm and comfortable stay. ... more   less 
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