I booked here after reading good reviews and seeing that it was in the area but outside the city of Edinburgh. I wanted a country, relaxed feel for our short time here, two nights and needed rest. by the time we got into the train station, the central hub of the city, I had to flag down a constable, who was a lovely man who listened to me and let me use his phone to call the attendant at the hotel and let her know that we were coming (it was already late) but that we'd only be able to stay for one night instead of two due to travel changes we had to make because of airlines running late. Anyway, she told me that that was fine, thanks for calling and come ahead. I had to find out what bus would take us there and get pointed to the right bus stop. It happened to be a major weekens with a huge rugby match which of course we didn't know about, and there were French and Italians all over the place, drinking, occupying the restaurants, and clogging the buses and trains in groups, so this made getting around even more confusing. We did get to the property and lugged all of our heavy cases and bags to the guest house door. I had trouble getting the woman that I had just talked to a half hour ago to open the narrow door and let us in. This place is like a bed and breakfast in someone's home. Anyway, after coming all that way she quietly told me that she talked to the owner and that since we didn't cancel the booking 48 hours in advance (I was in the air then), that "the cancellation policy would have to apply." In other words, we weren't allowed to stay just one night. So, the deal was to stay the remainder of that night and pay for two, or find another place. Nice. Back onto the next bus we went, back to the train station, close to midnight, to try to find accommodations for less than $100 (150 Euros plus city taxes and surcharges). That lovely constable that I mentioned before used his web phone and looked up every possible vacancy for me and when I told him what I'd like, he called the hotel for me, a Holiday Inn not far, who would accommodate us for 99 Euros. That night it was a bargain. That man was so nice to me that night, I want to thank him again for counteracting the awful communication that we encountered with the woman at Arden Guest House. Doing that to anyone who is lost and in a different country on a heavy weekend, that late at night, is unaccpetable and I hope that other visitors will read this.
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