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Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James

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107 Leith Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SW, Scotland
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ramat Gan, Israel
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This has been my second stay at the King James. I first stayed there 2.5 years ago and have now returned. Loved it! The hotel is wonderfully located: just a few steps from Waverley Station and Princes Street, attached directly to the St. James Shopping Center. The rooms are lovely, clean, well equipped and the breakfast service was lovely indeed.... More 

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Craig D, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your fantastic review of your recent stay with us. I am happy that you yet again enjoyed yourself and found our location and staff to be everything you needed, I will be sure to pass on your kind comments to the staff. We look forward to seeing you again! Kind Regards, Craig More 

Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
12 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our break here. Our room was spacious and well enough equipped for our 2 night stay (would have liked to have stayed longer) Delicious breakfasts with everything available to suit all tastes. The position of this hotel has made it now our first choice for a stay in the capital. The Playhouse theatre is only a short... More 

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Craig D, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer Thank you for the recent review of your stay with us at the King James. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and found our location to be ideal. I apologize that we did not get the weather right but we will ensure the sun is out for your next visit. We look forward to welcoming... More 

York, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Comfortable, convenient with good service and food. Went on a short rail break and found it to be very good value. Extremely convenient for all the attractions and only 5 minutes walk from the station.

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Craig D, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer Thank you for your the excellent review of your recent stay at the king James hotel. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. I am delighted you found all our services to be of a good standard and that the team looked after you throughout your journey in the hotel. The staff will be delighted... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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150 reviews 150 reviews
83 hotel reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Being a regular patron of the Thistle Hotel at Haydock I was fortunate to benefit from a free two nights stay at another Thistle Hotel on my Signature Loyalty Card and my wife and I opted for the Thistle King James in Edinburgh on a Friday and Saturday evening in March. My previous experiences at Haydock has always been very... More 

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Craig D, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer Thank you for the feedback regarding you're free signature getaway stay at the King James. Its always great having guests use our hotels throughout the country and taking up the rewards available. I am disappointed that you did not enjoy your stay with us and would have liked the opportunity to rectify this for you at the time... More 

Hove, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The hotel is close to the station and main streets, the room was nice and there was ice available for drinks in the room. On the minus side, looking for a healthy option in the restaurant we chose Caesar salads, which took over half an hour to arrive, despite the near empty restaurant. They were extremely poor when they arrived.... More 

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Craig D, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer Thank you for the feedback regarding your stay with us. I am concerned by the level of service you received during your visit and would appreciate if you could contact me at the hotel so we can discuss. craig.doak@thistle.co.uk Kind Regards Craig More 

Letham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The King James Hotel was ideally Situated for us. It is a close walk to the Edinburgh Playhouse. It is next door to John Lewis department store, The Cinema is across the road, as is weather spoons and the Cosmos World Buffett, Nandos and many more. Calton hill was across the road and is visitor attraction. We were very lucky... More 

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Craig D, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your recent review of the Thistle King James. I am delighted you found our location to be ideal for your stay, we are surrounded by everything you need for a superb stay in the Capital and it is certainly a bonus having our onsite car park. I am glad you found your room comfortable but... More 

Gateshead, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Short but sweet trip (just 1 night ) We came by train and hotel is in easy walking distance from station. Also bus stops outside hotel which is also a bonus. Room was clean and bed comfy and wifi in room was good. Enjoyed good service at breakfast and buffet had wide variety on offer. Would stay again. My only... More 

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Craig D, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your lovely review! I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, we very much appreciate you taking time to share your thoughts. I'm glad you enjoyed our breakfast and you found our rooms to be of good value. I will pass on all your comments to the relevant teams. I appreciate... More 

Alnwick, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Stayed in this hotel just for one night, it was an ideal base for a short break away, very central location close to the station and Princes St and above an indoor shopping centre. Our room was comfortable and clean with nice crisp bedding and fluffy towels, the breakfast was lovely with everything from continental to full English enough to... More 

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Craig D, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer Thank you for your recent review of your stay at the king James hotel, your kind comments will be very much appreciated by the staff. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. As stated we are ideally located for all the shopping Edinburgh has to offer. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind... More 

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

first visit to Edinburgh. The hotel staff were excellent and the location perfect. Go for the breakfast option - it is great value to set you up for the day of exploring. Even the weather was reasonable - missed most of the rain shower. Would recommend this hotel as reasonable, clean and hospitable for a visit. Combined with a special... More 

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Craig D, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your 5 star review of your recent stay with us here at the King James. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found our staff to be excellent. Our staff always work to the highest of standards to ensure each guests has an enjoyable experience with us. I will... More 

Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Good sized room with good facilities. Comfortable bed. Central location - walking distance to the old town area and attractions. It had a good, fresh breakfast with plenty of options. Helpful, cheerful staff. Toilet cistern in the room very slow to fill making it difficult to flush sometimes. Reported it but they said it was because on 6th floor with... More 

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Craig D, Manager at Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer Thank you for the feedback regarding your recent stay with us at the King James. I delighted that in general the hotel added to your stay in Edinburgh, I will get the maintenance team to have a look into the issues you have raised regarding the bathroom. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I look forward... More 

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Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighborhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicenter Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.

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