80 Great King Street

80 Great King Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 6QU

Price from: £84

Drawing Room

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#32 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Location:
4.3
4.3
Bedrooms:
4.1
4.1
Eating/drinking:
2.3
2.3
Public areas:
3.7
3.7
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.9
4.9
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, History, Relaxation, Shopping

Expert review of 80 Great King Street

Elegant Edinburgh in abundance in this collection of Georgian rooms.

A collection of rooms in three different Georgian properties spread over three streets, with high ceilings and light-filled rooms all in the middle of Edinburgh's historic New Town. You'll find classic Georgian colours with elegant furnishings, and a charming host in the shape of Jill Robertson.

Great King Street is the only B&B option. The drawing room is huge and double doors lead through to the kitchen where your breakfast will be prepared. This is a home as well as a B&B so lounge area is a shared space so if you want total privacy this won't be for you. Despite the huge drawing room the bedroom is quite small and the shower in the ensuite is hard for the wider bodied person to enter without a bit of a contortion.

All rooms are of an equally high standard and give a real sense of Georgian Edinburgh as the locale around their locations - in Great King Street, St Bernards Crescent and Dublin Street - has barely changed since they were built. The latter two are self-catering.

Great King Street and Dublin Street sleep 2 each and  St Bernard Street sleeps 4, 2 in a bed, 2 in a luxury sofa bed - making this ideal for couples or a group of up to eight friends travelling together who want their own space.

Location: 

Great King Street runs parallel to Princes Street and George Street, the most popular shopping streets in the city - though it is a good 15-minute walk downhill from the centre to the hotel. It is a wide cobbled street with Georgian townhouses lining each side, and in a predominantly residential area.

Just around the corner there are art galleries and a couple of cracking coffee shops.This is a great location if you prefer not to be in the thick of busy Edinburgh and yet only minutes away by foot.

Dublin Street is at one end of Great King Street, so all of the above applies, and St Bernards Crescent is just a few minutes' walk away. All properties have a sense of grandeur associated with this part of the city, illustrated by the exterior photo of St Bernards.

Bedrooms: 

Dramatic high ceilings do not detract from the comfort of the bedrooms. Large, comfortable beds, Farrow & Ball colours, high thread count cotton sheets and covers and older pieces of furniture sit well with modern upholstery and beds.

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Public areas: 

The drawing room in Great King Street has a stripped wooden floor, three vast oatmeal sofas, muted tartan scatter cushions, a chandelier to dazzle and two huge windows overlooking Great King Street.  

The St Bernards and Dublin Street properties come on a self catering basis, and are decorated with equally stylish flair. Dublin Street has a large comfy sofa which is also a king-sze bed. St. Bernards has a separate bedroom. All of them are qually luxurious and very Edinburgh.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast is all that is available inhouse and only in Great King Street (Dublin Street and St Bernards Crescent are self-catering). The kitchen is light, bright and has another big comfy sofa to recline on if you like to start your day gently. The dining table is set in the window, where you can gaze out of the window as Jill whips up your meal. Expect a good choice of cereals, muesli, fresh fruit salad, Greek yoghurt, croissants, fresh bread rolls and then usually bacon, poached eggs, tomato and mushroom or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. There's a vast array of teas to slake your thirst too.

Service: 

Jill is a relaxed host and knows Edinburgh very well so is an excellent sounding board for how to get where you want to go and what to do when you get there. She cooks breakfast in the kitchen at Great King Street as you sit at the dining table, which is in the same room, so it is a very personal service.

At Dublin Street and St Bernards you cook your own in their cleverly-designed kitchens.

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Who stays there: 

Those who appreciate something personal and unique rather than a big hotel. Couples of all ages. Lovers of architecture and style.

Price advice: 

Peak rates come into force for Hogmanay and the Edinburgh Festival.

Pros: 
Real experienc of what living in the city is like- in luxury of course
Georgian Edinburgh is all around
Cons: 
15 minutes walk uphill to the centre of the city
If in a larger party, you will be split between properties

More information on 80 Great King Street:

Price from:
£84
Type:
Bed & Breakfast
Address:
80 Great King Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 6QU

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