Holiday Inn Express

Picardy Place, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 3JT

Price from: £49

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By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#38 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:3.4 out of 5
Location:
4.9
4.9
Bedrooms:
4.1
4.1
Eating/drinking:
1.5
1.5
Public areas:
2
2.0
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
3.7
3.7
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Singles, Stag / hen parties, Live entertainment, Nightlife, People watching, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Holiday Inn Express

A top class location for this well known brand.

You may believe one Holiday Inn Express is much the same as another, but far from being in a purpose built box this one is housed in a conversion of a substantial Victorian townhouse. Once inside the interior is familiar but it is so reasonably priced for this location; it is certainly worth consideration.

Location: 

Fabulous. Directly opposite the Edinburgh Playhouse at the top of Leith Walk, around the corner from Broughton Street (AKA the pink triangle) and only three minutes from Princes Street, this really is in the heart of happening Edinburgh. Just five minutes' walk from Waverley train station. Parking is a nightmare in this area so I suggest you give driving a miss.

Bedrooms: 

The 168 bedrooms are all light, bright and functional. Light wood, warm yellow walls and super white crisp linen make this a modern sunny spot to hang out in, whatever the weather's like outside. You get the usual TV, satellite, and in house movies. Oh and if you have been partying, note the showers are brilliant!

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Public areas: 

The lounge area has a long well stocked bar with bar stools to stay near the party or leather booths with great views out to a really happening part of Edinburgh.

Eating and drinking: 

Until recently the hotel only offered a continental breakfast, but as of July 2010 it offers hot options from the breakfast buffet too and shock, horror, it's free! The thing I like is that the hotel is more than happy for you to load up your tray with goodies and shuffle back to bed with it. 

The lounge bar offers snacks from a vending machine and basic bar food but you are moments from a huge choice of bars and restaurants so I suggest you get out there immediately. More details: Edinburgh caf├ęs and restaurants.

Service: 

Local, smiley, knowledgable and informal.

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Who stays there: 

Anyone on a budget, singles, party-goers, couples, late night jokers.

Price advice: 

Standard rates are per room for up to two adults and two children. Kids can stay for free until they are 12, and then they stay for free until the age of 17 but pay for food.

Pros: 
Location is great
Prices are unbeatable for Edinburgh centre
Cons: 
Due to central location there is noise

More information on Holiday Inn Express:

Price from:
£49
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Picardy Place, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 3JT
Free tags / Keywords:
free breakfast, cheap accomodation, pet friendly
Amenities:
Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed

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