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The Knight Residence
5.0 of 5 Condominium   |   12 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ, Scotland (South Side)   |  
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“Highly Recommended!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2006

I can't imagine a better choice for families traveling with children, particularly if you're coming from London or some other big city. We came from London and stayed in one of the The Kinght Residences' two bed-room apartments. Our kids felt right at home; a great respite from hectic London. The facilities are ideal - washer/dryer - dvd players, and 2 bathrooms. And THe Knight Residence provides a good location from which to explore the lovely city of Edinburgh. Also the concierge was extremely helpful. We had a terrific stay and would recommend The Knight Residence without equivocation.

  • Liked — Excellent and clean facilities
  • Disliked — somewhat isolated and difficult to find
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2006

This August was our fourth trip to the Edinburgh festivals. It's not easy to find a place to stay, and with the weak US Dollar the prices are a nightmare. The Knight Residence is as good a value as I think can be found. The concierges were extremely helpful, the housekeeping was better than advertised (more frequent cleaning, and we travel with two messy teen boys), and the food 'welcome basket' supplied breakfast and snack for five days. The apartment was huge relative to any other I've rented in the UK.

The location is about eight minutes away from the Festival Hub. Although there are indeed strip clubs on the corner, we didn't feel unsafe even late at night. (There are also two used book stores within stone's throw.)

I suppose a couple might prefer something more cramped but with a less motel-like atmosphere (albeit top scale motel). For a family or long-term visitor I can't imagine anything better is available.

  • Liked — Size of rooms and amenities (kitchen, entertainment system)
  • Disliked — It was embarrassing to lock myself out in the car park at 5:30 a.m. and have to climb the security fence.
  • Tips/Secrets — August reservations for Edinburgh (Festival time) must be secured several months in advance.
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2006

We were very fortunate to have booked the Knight Residence for our stay in Edinburgh especially since we arrived late & with no luggage because it was lost by British Airways for the duration of our 6 night stay & remains lost at this time .

The one bedroom apartment was spacious, inviting, clean & had all the comforts of home & more. The flat screen TV was a bonus as was the welcome basket with cereals, bread, milk, butter & O.J. They provided everything that you would need even things that you would not expect to find in a vacation apartment. We are frequent travelers & the Knight Residence was by far our best vacation experience.

We walked to Edinburgh Castle for the tour & the Military Tattoo, The Grassmarket & The Royal Mile for restaurants & pubs, Princes Street for shopping & Waverley Bridge for the bus tours. In fact, other than the bus tour we walked everywhere from the Knight Residence. We felt completely safe coming back late at night even though there are lap dancing places close to the Residence. I am a 65 year old woman and did not feel the least bit intimidated by their presence. In fact all you see are the signs in the window...no big deal.

The concierge staff could not have been more helpful. We were without medication, toiletries, clothes & I broke my glasses. The staff directed us to all the nearest places to replace/repair these items. We are so grateful for their help...especially Charlie Brownlie & Kevin Drummond.

We enjoyed Deacon Brodies for a drink, Gordon's Trattoria for a nice Italian meal & Garfunkels for an inexpensive meal. They are all located on the Royal Mile.

We would not hesitate to stay at the Knight Residence in the future.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2006

We stayed for 3 nights at the Knight Residence in Edinburgh in August 2006. Very nice place (although as mentioned in other reviews not the best location in terms of the strip clubs & lap dancing establishments) and very close to Grassmarket and the castle.

Our flights via British Airways were late so we didn't arrive at the Residence until after 11:00 p.m. Fortunately, our concierge stayed up until we arrived (I had e-mailed earlier that our original flight would be getting in at 9:50 p.m.) and showed us to our room. Unfortunately, our luggage didn't make it with us so we arrived with nothing but our carry-ons.

The apartment is clean and spacious. The bathroom is fully stocked (helpful when you don't have luggage) and the kitchen already had tea, coffee, bread for toast, an assortment of jellies, milk & orange juice in the refrigerator. Lots of amenities like the flat screen TV, washer/dryer in the kitchen (although very small it's good for washing underthings & socks) and a kitchen.

I cannot say enough about how kind the staff was during our stay. Our bags didn't arrive until late afternoon the next day so we went out to buy some extra underthings and socks (Marks & Spencers was a savior in this area - not too expensive) and when we returned, our bags were already in our room. The Residence does have a lift so getting to upper floors isn't a problem.

We found that most things were within walking distance. We ate at the Mussels and Steak Bar on Grassmarket (very good) and Fishers in the City (also very good) for dinners.

We would definitely stay here again!

  • Liked — The apartment was very modern and spacious
  • Disliked — Location to strip clubs/lap dancing bars
  • Tips/Secrets — Just be aware of the location issues.
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2006

My family and I just returned from a 2-week tour of the UK and Ireland and spent two nights at the Knight Residence in July. We couldn't have picked a more perfect hotel. After spending several hours in the car driving from Belfast with our three boys, we found the Knight Residence to be spacious, beautifully furnished, modern, and clean. The parking lot was completely secure and handy. The concierge on duty when we arrived, Christopher, went out of his way to show us around and made us feel right at home. The kids loved the three televisions (including the flat screen in the living room) and renting DVDs available near the front desk. Some other reviewers mentioned that the lap dancing bars nearby were a problem, but we didn't feel that way at all. On Saturday night after returning from dinner, we just made sure that we walked on the other side of the street with our two youngest kids (ages 10 and 6). No one bothered us. The location is actually perfect--just a 5 minute walk up the hill to the castle and the Royal Mile. I really recommend this hotel and will stay at it again next time we're in Edinburgh.

Stayed July 2006
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2006

My family and I just returned from a 2-week tour of the UK and Ireland and spent two nights at the Knight Residence in July. We couldn't have picked a more perfect hotel. After spending several hours in the car driving from Belfast with our three boys, we found the Knight Residence to be spacious, beautifully furnished, modern, and clean. The parking lot was completely secure and handy. The concierge on duty when we arrived, Christopher, went out of his way to show us around and made us feel right at home. The kids loved the three televisions (including the flat screen in the living room) and renting DVDs available near the front desk. Some other reviewers mentioned that the lap dancing bars nearby were a problem, but we didn't feel that way at all. On Saturday night after returning from dinner, we just made sure that we walked on the other side of the street with our two youngest kids (ages 10 and 6). No one bothered us. The location is actually perfect--just a 5 minute walk up the hill to the castle and the Royal Mile. I really recommend this hotel and will stay at it again next time we're in Edinburgh.

  • Liked — The space and decor
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Visit the Edinburgh Dungeon (scary and fun) and go up to the castle at night--lots of people out, beautiful lights, etc.
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2006

My husband and I just came back from our stay at the Knight Residence and we just can't say enough good things about. Yes, the location is in a shady part of the Edinburgh but we would get back to the hotel late at night and felt perfectly safe. We found lots of great pubs at Grassmarket square a few blocks away and the walk to the Royal Mile was not bad even though it is a steep walk up. But all of Edinburgh is on steep hills so be prepared to walk. Overall, the hotel was great, it was clean, cosy and the breakfast was great to have. It saved us a couple of bucks, since Edinburgh is quite expensive but that the UK for you.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 12 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > South Side
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 185 Specialty Lodging in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Knight Residence 5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Award winning one, two and three bedroom serviced apartments with private parking in the centre of Edinburgh. Since 1999, The Knight Residence has been providing the best of Scottish hospitality to visitors from all over the globe. We look forward to welcoming you. ... more   less 
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