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“Poor value for money” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James

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Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James
107 Leith Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SW, Scotland (New Town)   |  
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Ranked #99 of 144 Hotels in Edinburgh
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
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“Poor value for money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2008

Edinburgh is one of our favorite locations for weekend breaks, and is full of really excellent 4 star hotels. Regrettably, the Edinburgh Thistle is not one of them. Our usual choices were fully booked for this particular trip: looked at various websites, and finally settled on the Thistle Hotel.

From the outside, this is not one of the most attractive buildings in Edinburgh. No matter, if the rooms are OK. Check in was OK, but no offer of wake up call or newspaper delivery [normal in a four star?].

Parking facilities limited - I had called ahead, and they told me to park in the Greenside Row car park. They failed to tell me that signs from the road indicate the car park called is called the OMNI. As such, we drove around a couple of times trying to find the correct car park - finally settled on OMNI, and upon entering, discovered it was Greenside Row. Edinburgh is difficult to drive in at the moment - they are installing a tram system: for non-locals such as ourselves, it would have been helpful to have been given this information in advance.

I don't believe I have ever stayed in such a small, cramped room before. If one opened the wardrobe door, the bathroom was inaccessible. The bathroom itself was cramped and uncomfortable: no room to put our toiletries on, low water pressure in the shower. Hairdryer in main room, but no mirror on wall, so difficult to style hair.

We had asked for a quiet room, and were given a room at the back of the hotel which, although had no view, was very quiet - a positive. However, even with heating turned up, the room was cold at nighttime.

We had breakfast included in the rate we paid: this had not been communicated to the [seemingly inexperienced] restaurant staff, who said we had to pay extra. In time, the issue was resolved. The continental breakfast was nothing special: minimal choice of cereals, cheese and cold meats. Didn't go near the cooked food - buffet rather than made to order.

In conclusion, a disappointing and negative experience all round. Had we paid half the rate we paid, that may have been OK. However, the only 4- star quality about this hotel is the price. Go elsewhere.

  • Liked — Quiet room
  • Disliked — the size of the room
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2008

Fantastic location and nice hotel but decor a little dated.
Room was fine and no problems with staff etc. Breakfast fine and a great price. Would book again x

  • Liked — Location
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  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
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    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
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Address: 107 Leith Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SW, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #99 of 144 Hotels in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The King James is located just off Edinburgh’s world-famous Princes Street, and a short walk from the Royal Mile. Whether you’re here for work or pleasure, the Fringe or to see in the New Year, you’re guaranteed a warm Scottish welcome. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The King James, Edinburgh Hotel Edinburgh
King James By Thistle Edinburgh
Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James Scotland

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