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“short stay but made very welcome” 5 of 5 stars
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53 Frederick Street
53 Frederick St., Edinburgh EH2 1LH, Scotland (New Town)   |  
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Ranked #122 of 440 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Durham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“short stay but made very welcome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

The hotel is very convenient for the centre of Edinburgh and the room was spacious and well equipped. Breakfast is served in a bistro type place next door in the basement and was excellent. The thing that makes this an extra special place is the people running it. They couldn't be more helpful and friendly and as others have mentioned, nothing is too much trouble. I'd definitely recoomend number 53. Only one thing to point out for some people is that you need to be able to climb stairs as the rooms are on the second floor and there is no lift.

  • Stayed September 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

This is a rare jewel in the marvellous city of Edinbourgh...it's very easy to walk the centre of the town (in less than 15 minutes you're in the old town, in 10 you're in middle of beautiful Rose Street in the middle of New Town, full of restaurants and shops). Owners Tessa and David are friendly and kind, and provide the best assistance at the arrival/departure. The room was silent, very clean, large and well located. Included there was a simply delicious breakfast at one of town's best place , Rick's, with opportunity of choosing every day a different range of breakfast (scottish, english, continental, vegetarian). In last days of the holiday we moved to the apartment of the same owners, in the amazing and quite close India Street, in the heart of the New Town. That was simply one of the most beautiful apartments ever seen, and the Lady owner was amazing in her being extremely helpful and attentive, room was very clean, and modern. Both places and acoomodations were great: we could not have been happier, and for sure as we 're planning to back in Edinbourgh quite soon, we're booking again at 53 Frederick Street!!Can't miss such a gem..

  • Stayed September 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

We were 15 people staying in 53 Frederick Street and are unanimous that our stay couldn't have been any better. Loved the food, the rooms, the staff.

Well done to Tessa and David. I don't think any of us wouldn consider staying anywhere else next time we are in Edinburgh.

James

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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DT_Edin, Owner at 53 Frederick Street, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
We are so glad that you and your friends had a great stay with us. Thanks for your kind words and would love to have any of you back to stay with us again.

Best regards,

Tessa & David
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London
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

This is an excellent B&B in central Edinburgh. We booked at (literally) no notice as 'refugees' from another, very poor Edinburgh guest house. The team could not have been more helpfuland the quality of the accommodation is very high. This is a delightful B&B, very centrally located run by a fabulous young team

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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DT_Edin, Owner at 53 Frederick Street, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
We are delighted that we were able to accommodate you that night and would love to welcome you back on your next visit to Edinburgh. Thank you for your kind comments.

Tessa, David & Jay
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Luzon, Philippines
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119 reviews 119 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This bed and breakfast in Edinburgh is highly recommended. It is well located, being only about 3 blocks away from the Waverely train station, right at the commercial centre of Edinburgh. It is within the new town and very close to Rose Street which is lined by a lot of restaurants. Frederic Street is not a busy street so the place is wonderfully quiet. The staffs of No 53 Frederic, Tessa and Jay are very friendly, helpful and welcoming.

The room we were given at the 3rd floor is very spacious and painted white and appears to be well maintained. The room’s got a big window and is simply decorated with beautiful framed illustrations of plants which gives the room a very pleasant ambiance. The room is provided with a dresser, 2 bedside tables and 2 bedside lamps and lounge chair. The room amenities are a flat screen TV, a hot pot, hair dryer and flat iron. The complimentary drinks of coffee and tea are generously provided with basic toiletries of soap and shampoo. There is free wifi service in the rooms and is most appreciated. The bed is very comfortable and the linens and towels are very clean. The breakfast is equally very good. It is served at the adjoining Rick’s restaurant and pub.

A mini bar and power points / power outlet conveniently located for charging of electronic gadgets should be good additions to the room amenities.

Nonetheless, I agree that the 2012 Certificate of Excellence issued to it by Trip Advisor is well deserved.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DT_Edin, Manager at 53 Frederick Street, responded to this review, September 21, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to write your kind review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your suggestions for the rooms.

Kind Regards
Tessa
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Los Angeles, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

This oddly named small hotel in the heart of Edinburgh would have been ideal...if we had been 30 years younger and in perfect shape. We were warned in advance that there was no elevator and that the hotel reception was one floor above a beauty salon. What they did not say was that the salon was one floor above ground level AND that there was a Tara-like grand staircase to climb from reception to our room. If you can handle what is essentially a 4-story climb, by all means go there. The place is quaint and charming, and our room was huge and well-equipped. But it was owner David and his sister Tessa, the manager, who really made it worthwhile for us. They carried our luggage up and down those stairs, provided ice packs for my friend's ankle (a previous problem, not caused by this hotel) and were at our beck and call for any questions we had about places to eat, parking (awful, by the way - try not to drive in Edinburgh if you can help it), etc. The surrounding restaurants were fabulous (within one block of the hotel) and Edinburgh Castle was a short, steep walk away. I would return to 53 Frederick Street, but only if I was feeling in tip-top shape.

Room Tip: We had the corner room, facing Frederick Street and Thistle Street. A great view!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ivybridge, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

The problem with Tripadvisor is that all those little gems you really want to keep to yourself get circulated around the world!

53 Frederick Street is the perfect spot to stay particularly during the Fringe. Couldn't be more central, excellent bedrooms, very clean, good wifi access and very very good breakfast arrangement with Ricks immediately next door. Marginal down side is there are quite a few stairs to climb so could be problem for some.

Did not suffer from any of the niggles some other contributors have referred to and at the end of the day it is a Band B not a high end hotel. Value for money excellent.

Anyway now I have down it and told the world what a gem it is!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 53 Frederick St., Edinburgh EH2 1LH, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #122 of 440 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
No. 53 Frederick Street, bed and breakfast in Edinburgh is perfectly situated in the very heart of the city centre, providing a magnificent yet unique spacious central home to explore Edinburgh, separated from Edinburgh Castle only by the Gardens! The Edinburgh B&B accommodation is an original Georgian townhouse situated on the second and third floors, that dates from circa 1820, and many of the original features have been carefully retained. This is an elegant and extremely spacious guest house, typified in a welcoming open hall with feature bow wall and staircase to upper floor. ... more   less 
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