Visited this hotel in my home city of Edinburgh at Easter 2015. Stayed here just after it first opened and we both absolutely loved the overall quality and presentation which was in it's day second to none in Edinburgh.
Move on a few years and guess what, lack of investement, DIY repair work and just generally poor overall quality of successive upgrading. We changed rooms after one night having been sent to the basement ("one of our best rooms") where there was poor light, no privacy from pedestrians walking past at pavement level and strangely, a external door to the outside basement area which made us feel less than secure.
Breakfasts were first class, staff attentive but not over friendly but oh dear, the hotel was a bit of a let down. As an architect, I tend to look for smaller boutique hotels and having stayed at the Howard previously we both thought standards would have been maintained. Bathrooms were the worst part of the hotel with cracked wall and floor tiles, mouldy tile joints, rusty screws holding the shower valve in place and cheap plastic surrounds to mirrors .... to name only a few things that we were very unhappy about!!
Half the room cost/night and we'd accept what we were offered. Unfortunately the longer this hotel achieves a 5 star rating (completely inexplainable) the more disappointed visitors there will be.
Please close this hotel now and employ serious architects/designers and tradesmen who can restore this hotel to it's former glory please.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Howard is a small and discreet hotel which occupies three Georgian houses. A classically elegant hotel both outside and in, it has just 18 luxury rooms and suites. Located by Waverley train station, situated just off Princes Street. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Howard Hotel Edinburgh
- Howard Hotel Edinburgh
- Howard Edinburgh
- The Howard Edinburgh, Scotland