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Halcyon Hotel

2.0 of 5
8 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB, Scotland
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Ranked #109 of 146 Hotels in Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Catherine C Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently had a great stay at Halcyon Hotel! It was situated in an excellent spot, close enough to walk into the city centre yet still tucked away enough that we got a peaceful night's sleep. The building was charming and clean and the staff friendly and accomodating - ensuring that we got a room with a bath upon request.... More 

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Halcyon House E, Owner at Halcyon Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks Catherine for your lovely review. I have shared it with the team, as it’s a team effort here to make sure you have a great experience  Glad you enjoyed the hearty breakfast. Many establishments charge extra for breakfast, but we like to keep it simple and include it in the price. Delighted you loved the location too.... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Just returned from an overnight stay at this wee hidden Gem. It all started a few weeks ago when we were meant to stay and the visit had to be cancelled. The gentleman who runs the hotel couldn't have been more helpful and allowed us to change our booking at the last minute. He couldn't have been more polite and... More 

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Halcyon House E, Owner at Halcyon Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to post your great review. I really appreciate it and will share it to the team. Our building is a Georgian listed town house on one of the oldest terraces in Europe, and the rooms are really well proportioned. Sometimes guests are surprised that there are no TV’s in the rooms; this is by... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Just returned from a very disappointing stay. Stunning building but unfortunately passed off as full of character instead of old, tired and dated. No double glazing so a noisy night, not to mention an early start alarm from next door curtesy of very thin walls. The pictures provided are very misleading. The "fresh breakfast" was unfortunately prepared the day before,... More 

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Halcyon House E, Owner at Halcyon Hotel, responded to this review

We were disappointed to read the review, given the fantastic reviews we get. Nearly 300 positive ones posted to our website (halcyon-hotel dot com). Our hotel is a listed Georgian period building and unfortunately does not suit everybody’s taste and appreciation of historic architecture. We are really sorry the guest did not like the ambience. There is no trick photography... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This family owned hotel (B & B) in this Georgian style house is a lovely gem. The rooms are decorated nicely, the lounge is wonderfully pleasant, the back garden is peaceful, the dining room is cheerful, and it is certainly a welcome change from modern "cookie-cutter" type hotels. The owners are lovely people, and the small staff are wonderful (Sloka... More 

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Halcyon House E, Owner at Halcyon Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you Mersea for taking time to write a really splendid review! I will pass your comments on to our team as they work really hard to make sure every guest has a great experience, like yours! We look forward to seeing you again soon I hope. As we say in Scotland ‘Haste ye back’ With kind regards Patricia and... More 

Newcastle, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Stayed here for 1 night, basic rooms but very clean, i stayed in room 16 on top floor not for the unfit as 3 floors up,hotel owners very friendly, made welcome, great breakfast in the morning, 10 minutes walk to Waverly station or £4 in taxi, no complaints really good budget hotel, and I would stay again.

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Halcyon House E, Owner at Halcyon Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks Gary, glad you had a good stay and enjoyed staying with us. With kind regards Patricia and Matthew More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I stayed at the Halcyon Hotel for one night and was pleasantly surprised with the size of my room considering the low cost! The room was clean and the bed was very comfortable. The only downside was no TV or radio in the room which was fine for a one night stay but I would probably stay elsewhere for a... More 

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Halcyon House E, Owner at Halcyon Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Lisa Many thanks for your review, we are delighted you had a great trip Edinburgh. By popular request we do not have TV’s in the rooms, however we have a very beautiful TV lounge on the first floor which is a beautiful Georgian sitting room with a large TV. We hope you stay again With kind regards Patricia and... More 

Perth, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I was warmly welcome when I arrived early to leave my case so I could wander round the shops unhindered. I was really impressed by my room. It was very clean and well decorated, though the bathroom was a litte small. The view from my window was great. The breakfast was delicous with a great choice and cooked to order.

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Halcyon House E, Owner at Halcyon Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much Marlene for your lovely review. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope you have a super Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2015. with kind regards Patricia and Matthew More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I was up in Edinburgh on business. This hotel was perfectly situated in a beautiful Georgian Townhouse on Royal Terrace. My room was clean, warm, en suite and the bed was very comfortable! Tea and coffee facilities in the room were hugely appreciate. Breakfast was gorgeously presented and the kind folk there were very happy to cater for a Coeliac... More 

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Halcyon House E, Owner at Halcyon Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely review. It’s your experience with us, and the team and I will do whatever it takes to make it a great experience, all with a positive friendly welcoming smile! Haste ye back, as we say here in Scotland! More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

I stayed here for 3 nights a few weeks ago. it is s beautiful big terrace house quite close to princess st and george st. the rooms were very clean,and very big with beautiful high ceilings. beware room 1 is next to the kitchen and breakfast is from 8-9 so if you're out on the toen or want a lay... More 

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Halcyon House E, Owner at Halcyon Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks, we are delighted you loved our Georgian building. The team really make it though with their friendly smiles and help! More 

Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We stayed at the Halcyon for one night at the end of a five day short break to Scotland. We were pleasantly surprised by the location i.e.., close to St James shopping centre and Princes St and the free parking for all day Saturday and Sunday was brilliant. As regards to the hotel were treated superbly the staff was pleasant... More 

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Halcyon House E, Owner at Halcyon Hotel, responded to this review

Thankyou Jeff. Our guests love the fact we are a 5 minute walk to the city centre, with all our Scottish ancient culture on our door step. I will pass on your kind comments to the team as they work really hard to make the Halcyon, whilst a 2 star hotel .... the very best 2 star hotel in town!... More 

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