Stockbridge is a buzzing area 15 minutes north of the city packed with great bars, restaurants and coffee shops.
There are only eight. And all are ensuite bar one which has got its own private facilities. Doubles, singles and twins can be sorted and there is a family room which sleeps four or, by arrangement, six. This is not pristine, uniform accommodation so if you like Holiday Inn Express you won't like this.
The lounge area has stripped wood floors, comfy sofas and an open fire for the winter months; an ideal place to read the papers, watch telly of gather your strength. The walled garden is for the use of guests too, and if you are in the family room you can use the kitchen which leads to the garden. So the wee ones can let off steam whilst you heat up the spaghetti hoops.
Eating and drinking
Well renowned for vegetarian breakfasts including veggie haggis, which are served in the conservatory overlooking the garden.
If heading into town feels like too much of a schlep for supper then Stockbridge has some good places to eat including the San Marco, which has a great fish and chip shop as well as a sit-in Italian - and they're brilliant with kids. Alternatives are Redwood and Bells Diner on St. Stephens Street and of course the ubiquitous Pizza Express is ever present. There are some great bars in Stockbridge too. Hectors is about 150 yards to the right and is great all day and night for snacks and drinks. The Baillie is also nearby; a traditional Edinburgh favourite with horseshoe bar, stools, open fire and locals who practically live there.
You have the lounge with use of the PC and free internet access, a couple of couches and a TV in the corner for collapsing in front of and of course the lovely south-facing walled garden. In addition almost directly opposite St Marys Place is Raeburn Place Rugby ground, home of Edinburgh Academicals where you can see a good standard of club rugby being played. And Inverleith Park which is a huge green area with ponds full of ducks, a play park for the kids and tennis courts for the lively: a great place to stretch your legs. This will take you to the Water of Leith and The Botanics, which is glorious in the summer and well worth a mooch round in the cooler months, plus they have excellent cafe!
Friendly, knowledgeable and experienced. They have been doing this for over twenty years.
Who stays there
Couples, singles, chilled people who enjoy city life but would like something casual. No need to dress up here. Just be yourself.
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Small and personal
- Vegetarian breakfasts a real talking point
- 15 minutes walk into the centre of Edinburgh
- A lot of stairs if they are a problem