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“Great value for money” 4 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Britannia Way, Ocean Drive | Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ , Scotland   |  
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Ranked #79 of 146 Hotels in Edinburgh
London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

Spent 3 nights here in April, the room was well worth the money spent. Bed was comfortable with a choice of pillows (soft or firm) and room was clean. The free breakfast is excellent with a variety of choice (both warm and cold).

The reception we received on arrival was excellent. We arrived early and requested an early check in, not only did they allow us to check in early, they also told us that even though we had checked in early, because breakfast was still taking place we were welcome to put our luggage away then come back down to get something to eat! Wow talk about great service!

Excellent location: close (5 minute walk) to mall with nice restaurants and cinema, bus stop right outside the door with regular buses heading into the city!

My only complaint would be that our shower was only luke warm! But that would not stop me from recommending it to others.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

I find that Holiday Inn Express hotels offer good value and clean, comfortable, safe accommodation. This hotel lived up to my high expectations on our first visit in April. In addition it is in a good location for visiting Edinburgh and the Royal Yacht Britannia. The hotel provides free parking and complimentary breakfast. Our room had a very comfortable king-size bed (two joined singles with king-size sheets and 6 pillows) and was very quiet.
There is a good shopping mall (Debenhams, M&S Food etc.) across the road which also has the entrance to the Yacht. There is also a bus station for buses into Edinburgh. It is a 10 minute walk to an excellent sea-food restaurant, Loch Fyne. We recommend the hotel and will use it on future visits to Edinburgh.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

We stayed in this hotel from Good Friday to Easter Monday and we had a brilliant stay. We could have helped ourselves to free tea and coffee at anytime. It is ideally situated beside Ocean Terminal shopping centre and the Royal Yacht Brittania and the all day bus pass (£3.20) was brilliant to get in and out of the centre of Edinburgh. Good sized rooms well maintained, Friendly staff were brilliant. Would definitely stay here again.
David
Carrickfergus
Northern Ireland

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stoke on Trent
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

we have stayed here on many occasions and always been pleased. The 2 dogs( sadly no longer with us ) were always made a fuss of by the staff,nothing is to much trouble,its always very clean,bring in your own takeaway,m&s food 2 mins walk away,huge shopping outlet close bye, bus to city center every few mins.stops outside hotel(20 min ride).Try it you wont be dissapointed!!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMexpressedinburgh, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Waterfront, responded to this review, April 11, 2012
Dear Oatcake13,

Many thanks for posting your review of the hotel on Tripadvisor. I’m glad that you found the hotel to be always very clean and the staff to be very welcoming. We are located in an excellent position for public bus access to the city and also very close to the Ocean Terminal shopping centre and many and various restaurants in the local area. We have recently introduced a limited pizza menu in the evenings for those guests who don’t wish to eat out or to bring take-away food back to the hotel. I’m sure that our team will miss your dogs though I do hope that we will see you back at the hotel soon.

Kind regards,

Andrew Leonard
General Manager
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Hull
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Best weather in a decade for a weekend break which only added to our enjoyable break in Lieth at the Express Premier, lovely room and very clean and tidy too. No noise and a very substancial breakfast to start the day, located very close to Britannia and local bars and eateries so all in all a very pleasant stay

Room Tip: Just ask reception staff if quite room required as they know best.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMexpressedinburgh, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Waterfront, responded to this review, April 11, 2012
Dear WrinkliesHull,
Many thanks for posting your review of your recent stay with us. I’m glad that you found our location to be quiet, our rooms to be clean and tidy and enjoyed our substantial free breakfast at the start of the day. I hope that if you decide to visit us again, you’ll bring the lovely weather with you!

Kind regards,

Andrew Leonard
General Manager
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Our second short stay here and it won't be our last. Very friendly, clean and comfortable. The inclusive breakfast is really very good - a small hot selection has been added since our previous visit. Location is a couple of miles out of Edinburgh city centre but the buses stop right outside and run every five minutes or so.

In summary, a perfect place for a good value stay.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMexpressedinburgh, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Waterfront, responded to this review, April 11, 2012
Dear JohnBarra57,
Thank you so much for your review of your second stay with us. I’m delighted that you found our team very friendly and our facilities clean and comfortable. We have added some hot selections, sausages, beans and scrambled eggs to our free breakfast offering and I am glad that you appreciated the changes that we have made. I hope that we can welcome you back to the hotel in the future.
Kind regards,

Andrew Leonard
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

We usually stay Premier Inns when visiting cities, but chose this one in Leith instead. Lovely welcome from staff on arrival, and the rooms were lovely. Beds were a bit hard for my liking, but the rest of the facilities were great. Fantastic power shower and complementary toiletries. Breakfast was a meal and a half and certainly added to the whole luxury of staying away and letting someone else look after you. Would definitely choose Holdiay Inn again next time.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GMexpressedinburgh, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Waterfront, responded to this review, April 11, 2012
Dear LindaValentine50,
Many thanks for taking the time to write such a nice review of our hotel. I’m delighted that you received a lovely welcome from our staff on arrival and found both the rooms and general facilities to your liking. Our free breakfast does provide an ample and varied choice and helps to get our guest ready for a busy day either working or sightseeing/shopping. Holiday Inn Express hotels are located throughput the country so I do hope that you will continue to use the brand and also that we may have the opportunity to welcome you back to this hotel in the future.
Kind regards,

Andrew Leonard
General Manager
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Address: Britannia Way, Ocean Drive | Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ , Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#48 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#49 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#56 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Waterfront 3*
Number of rooms: 145
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront offering free breakfast, free Wifi, air conditioning, great value rates, free parking (see Parking Information below) & a superb location for exploring this charming and fascinating city. The Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront is located next to Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh's newest leisure and shopping destination, the Scottish Executive, the Royal Yacht Britannia & close to all major business areas. The old port area of Edinburgh-Leith has many atmospheric bars, bistros and boutiques & is only 1.5 miles from the city centre. The Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront has good parking (see Parking Information below) & a frequent public bus service from the front door making it an ideal location for visiting all of Edinburgh's famous attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile, Princes Street & national museums & galleries. Features of the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront include free parking (see Parking Information below), licensed bar, air conditioning and free WiFi, meeting space, excellent transport links & a warm welcome for our guests. Parking Info: 60 spaces available at the hotel on a first-come-first-served basis. Ample additional parking available at Ocean Terminal, opposite. Wi-Fi is free for guests who book directly with the hotel. ... more   less 
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