My review for May 2013 was deleted by trip advisor for quality guidline reasons, I have updated it to reflect their rules and resubmitted.
I visited Edinburgh for a show and booked into the Lantern House. On arrival the outside of the building looks OK, nothing too special but its fine. Entering the building reminded me of an old lifeless house, white walls, no pictures and no character.
I was a little confused as we had to let ourselves in to the building and to our own room but had no idea which room was ours, at which point a man (I presume this is the owner) made an appearance. The small talk was incredibly awkward and made my partner and I very apprehensive. Also, after asking him what room was ours he awkwardly pointed and said "I think this is yours"... Eh. Ok... awkward.
After our awkward small talk we closed the door to our room, we both had the feeling of being listened to - Why? Well, the walls are VERY thin (or at least thats how it felt) and every single step we took made all of the floor boards in our room creak & moan like mad. The room its self, is VERY dated! It looks nothing like any of the pictures on the website which show a rather small but modern appearance. The walls at one point were white! Also the bed we had had very disturbing brown marks all the way around the bottom as well as a tartan cover on the head board - which looked as though it was stapled on.
There was also the normal generic hotel booklet which we read through, just to find on most pages old info scored out with pen and new info written. Some times the "new info" was scored numerous times and corrected with different ink every time... Or maybe a retro rainbow pen was used?
The cherry on top, the last page. It had a picture of a couple. It was a picture of the previous owners but next to it there was more writing from Richard, I can only guess our awkward small talk greeter, stating he was now the owner. That along with everything else unsettled us so much that I instantly went online to book the last room at a nearby chain hotel. I thought it was a little ironic that I was booking a new hotel using his wifi, but he had the last laugh... The wifi bill hadn't be paid or was just broken.
In total we paid £49 for the room, so it cost us £2.45 per minute we stayed.
- Also Known As:
- Lantern House Hotel
- Lantern House Hotel Edinburgh
- Lantern Guest House Edinburgh, Scotland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lantern Guest House is set up as 3 mini apartments, combining historic W.H. Playfair Georgian tradition with modern features such as pin code entry.Very close to the city centre hub around the Playhouse and Omni Centre, between Princes Street (Waverley Rail Station) and Leith Walk (to the historic docks). ... more less
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