I walked from the airport bus stop (at Waverley Station) until Alva Place (15 Minutes). I knew exactly the way because I checked it at google-maps before. But ALVA PLACE is the name of the building, not the street. I went first to the wrong street (also Alva Place) und could not find the number 45. Then I decided to go to the next street. It was there!
NOT A HOTEL -
If you are expecting the luxury of a hotel, you are wrong here. Important that you know: it is a Guesthouse, a kind of bed & Breakfast. But a VERY GOOD one!
Yes, it is a Gay Guesthouse with high level (not sexually orientated) and the prices are very reasonable. A well renovated historical building and VERY CLEAN !
Martin, the owner, was very friendly and gave me immediately information about the city.
I got my private key when I arrived and felt really free.
I booked a single room and when I arrived, I was offered a double comfortable and clean room upstairs for the same price. The bed sheets and towels were also very clean and new !
TOILET/ BATHROOM -
It was only three steps from my door and I shared it with the guests from the other three rooms. That was not a problem at all. The bathroom is small but looks beautiful. The hand soup has a delicious perfume!
BREAKFAST - was self-service/ prepare you own. Tea, (no coffee), milk, yogurt, cereals, toasts, butter, jam, honey, fruits (bananas, apples) muffins. And you can eat as much as you want until almost 12 am. (I missed some cheese.) You have breakfast together with other guests in one table. That is a nice opportunity to meet other people and talk. (If you are not a morning-talker, don’t worry, it is also possible that the others are still sleeping, or have already left, when you are having you breakfast alone in the kitchen.)
Small but fine ! And it is open all day long (and night). You can always have tea, biscuits…
The narrow street is quiet, but Alva House is close to London Road, which is extremely busy and noisy. I slept with my window a bit open (for fresh air) and it was loud. BUT I could sleep very well with my earplugs! (If you close the window I guess, you don’t need earplugs.)
Alva House is not in the central area. And I particularly find this good, because I prefer to keep a bit of distance from the touristic places. But in a 15 minute-walk you arrive in the Princes Street / Royal Mile.
VERY NEAR - Regent*s Pub / Sainsbury’s Supermarket only 5 min walk. And a delicious Indian Restaurant called TANDORI ROTI (only to take away) 2 min.walk in the London Road almost in the corner with Easter Road.
Yes, it is a nice surprise, when you book an accommodation per internet without knowing how is going to be and when you are there, you feel at home !
- Also Known As:
- Alva House Edinburgh, Scotland