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.
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!
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: [node:166992].
Local, smiley, knowledgable and informal.
Who stays there
Anyone on a budget, singles, party-goers, couples, late night jokers.
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.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Stag / hen parties
- Live entertainment
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Prices are unbeatable for Edinburgh centre
- Location is great
- Due to central location there is noise