This is very much a Guest House business without the hospitality, homeliness and help of a traditional British B&B.
First, the good points. The bus stop was across the road. Our room was spotlessly clean and serviced daily. Our twin beds were comfortable and the mattress firm. Although there was no clothes line, the pleasant Polish-speaking manager (who we saw only on arrival) had never heard of one but kindly provided us with a clothes rack to dry our washing in our room.
The cooked breakfast was quite adequate but lacked flair. The breakfast room became cramped as it filled with guests.
Don't be fooled by Alpha's webpage "credit card accepted" - Ted, the owner, insists on cash (rather handy to run the Mercedes). No invoice, and we had to really press for a receipt which, when finally provided by the breakfast cook, was undated and lacked specific detail.
On arrival Ted appeared for 5 minutes to show us the elaborate security and the idiosyncratic fron door lock. We asked Ted how we can access the room safe. Not working said testy Ted, blaming a previous guest for omitting to disclose their PIN code upon departure.
We occupied the front room which was spotlessly clean but was buffeted by the traffic noise. It was hard to properly close the window to silence the traffic (and the draught). There was no phone in the room, or anywhere else for that matter.
We saw the owner one other time during our stay and asked him a couple of questions. His responses were both brief and ambivalent. A woman driving Ted's Mercedes surfaced just as we were departing, not to bid fus arewell or enter into any conversation, but presumably to carry away our cash.
As the owner was absent we asked the cook for directions to the car hire office. She had no idea. On our departure day she volunteered that our next stop Glasgow was 20 minutes away by train. (It's an hour).
We asked where the recycling bin might be for paper waste. Good naturedly, the cook (the poor cook!) responded that all the refuse went into the one bin.
There are lots of improvements that could be made to this business, among them:
1. No more of this strictly cash caper. Honour what the website says!
2. A travel rack in the foyer with some Edinburgh brochures/maps would be really handy,
3. A phone (even a public one would be better than none),
4. A clotheline,
5. Recycling facilities,
6. Someone on site who can answer the usual touristy questions (like distances and times) with some degree of knowledge and confidence,
7. The ownerst o be more welcoming and engaging rather than being gruff ; and unpleasant. One can be businesslike without appearing disinterested, and
8. A bit more attention to the presentation of the breakfast.. A jug of water on the table would be a plus.
By the way, we ourselvesarn't perfect: we realised the day following our departure that we'd omitted to hand in the keys.Oh dear Ted and Mrs Ted won't be happy. We promptly posted the keys back with our apologies.
We are not whingers but this was the most disappointing accommodation during our stay in the UK and Europe.
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