My wife and I stayed at 14 Hart Street for three nights during the last week of the Fringe Festival. Having read the latest reviews of this excellent guest house, I find I have little to add. James and Angela are wonderful charming hosts. James must have been waiting for us in the front hall: as our taxi arrived, he opened the door and came out to greet us. The rooms are tastefully appointed. Scotch, wine, and shortbread cookies await you. Beds are comfortable. Bathroom is clean and bright. James' made-to-order egg-centric breakfasts are delicious. For longer stays, a little more variety (p-cakes, French toast, omelettes, etc.) would be welcome.
14 Hart Street is centrally located on a quiet one-block street. It's easy walking distance to all the central sites and sights (the Castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, etc). Nearby you'll find an assortment of excellent restaurants (try the Urban Angel at the top of the street), pubs (Conan Doyle), an excellent wine merchant, a Tesco Express, an RBS bank machine, even a modern shopping center with a John Lewis department store.
For those needing the internet, there's WiFi, though coverage throughout the property is a bit spotty. It was fine in our room (located at the front of the house). However, two mornings we encountered fellow guests sitting on the staircase getting their daily Facebook fix. Seems the radio waves didn't penetrate the thick stone walls into their bedroom at the rear of the house.
14 Hart Street is walking distance from the central (Waverley) train station, though I wouldn't recommending the excursion dragging large rolling pieces of luggage. While it's mostly downhill from the station to Hart Street, the streets and sidewalks are uneven, some cobblestone. Taxi fare from Edinburgh airport was £24. Taxi fare to the cruise port terminal in Leith was £13. Sad to leave the excellent hospitality provided by James and Angela, there we boarded the Windsurf for a wonderful cruise around the British Isles.
When we next return to Edinburgh, we will definitely make 14 Hart Street our home away from home. Highly recommended.
Any room at 14 Hart Street is an excellent choice.
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