First of all it should be noted that this isn't really a hotel. It's a bar and a nightclub with rooms above - a little like those saloons where you see shoot outs enacted in westerns.
My girlfriend and I were booked in for full week to attend the Edinburgh Book Festival - ostensibly for work but also to relax. First impressions are just frankly confusing as the check in is around the corner (second in importance) to the front bar. Which is not a hotel bar. It's what was was generally called a wine bar in the 1980s - by which I mean it's occupied by 19-year old girls being chatted up by 40-year-old men. Neither set wore much in terms of clothing, but plenty in terms of scent.
The check in desk is staffed by very friendly ladies wearing FBI style call-centre head sets. They try. They really do. But it doesn't help. The hotel has so many fundamental flaws for such an expensive joint that their jolly smiles do little to dilute the feeling that you're being taken up the canyon on a one way stagecoach.
As mentioned by others here, the nightclub can continues until from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. We were on the third floor. The bass riff hit into the early hours on most of the nights. Calls to reception were made. We were told that that they would "radio down" to the basement club to see if they could graphically equalise our night more appropriately. That's right - not call down but radio down - like this was CSI. The bass drops. We sleep. Next night. Repeat.
On the second night the alarm clock went off at 3.40 a.m. The second - not the first - who or what set that remained a mystery.
The rooms are nice, comfortable and large. Although they have a baffling lighting system which puts the "dim" into dimmer.
The staff were - on the whole - enthusiastic, very young, and friendly. However, they didn't seem experienced.
The price - and I understand this was festival time - was ludicrous. £210 flat rate. No breakfast included. Nope, nada. This is Edinburgh not Manhattan. And when the bill came there were two £3 additional charges added. For the mini toothbrush and toothpaste used. Really! A weeks £1,400 hotel bill and they charge for a mini-colgate set! Of course, no note on the little set to say it wasn't complementary like they are in literally every other hotel in the world.
It should be noted that they didn't charge for the soap for which I was grateful.
What a shame really. Especially as the building is beautiful from the outside and the staff affable in a sixth former kind of way.
At the end of the week we got the hell out of dodge and didn't look back.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Ebookers, Hotels.com, Agoda, Lastminute, Odigeo, TripOnline SA, Traveltool, S.L.U., Evoline ltd and Cancelon so you can book your Tigerlily Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Tigerlily Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland