We stayed for a week at the Glasshouse during the Festival season (August 2014), when the population of the city almost doubles. The staff at the hotel were uniformly friendly and pleasant. They offered several suggestions on getting around Edinburgh and venues for various Fringe events. Everyone from the front desk to the cleaning crew appeared to be enjoying themselves and happy that we were there.
As architecture, the hotel is fascinating, although the rainy weather (remnants of Hurricane Bertha) pretty much prohibited us from using the rooftop garden as much as we would have liked. We were given a room that was large compared to most European hotels and had a balcony that was about as large as the room. The straight-on view from the balcony was of the Omni Center, not all that wonderful, but off to the side was Calton Hill, which was nice.
As a Marriott Rewards Platinum guest, the Continental breakfast was included. It was generous for Continental, including fruit, cereal, cold cuts, cheese, pastry, and (my favorite) smoked Scottish salmon. For a reasonable (5 Pounds) additional charge, various cooked dished were available. I did try the Eggs Benedict one morning and found they knew how to make Hollandaise...which is not always the case.
The hotel does not have a restaurant, per se, but has a limited afternoon tea and dinner menu available in the bar, called the Snug. There are numerous restaurants within a block or two of the hotel, though. We did not eat in the Snug, but did have drinks sitting around the fire pit one night. (Yes, even though it was August, the fire felt rather nice) Good selection of malt whisky at what I considered to be reasonable prices.
The location is great: a few minutes walk from Waverly station where the trains arrive and virtually across the street from the tram stop that will take you to the airport. The Castle is about a mile away, a relatively easy, if mostly uphill, walk. Leith, with great seafood restaurants, is about two miles, which is not a bad walk, but the direct bus stops (frequently) within a few feet of the hotel and takes less than ten minutes.
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