This is a stylish, modern hotel (opened 2008) on the outskirts of Edinburgh just off the by-pass, close to Edinburgh airport, South Gyle shopping centre, Edinburgh Business Park and Ingleston (Highland Show ground). It is surprisingly up for sale as at November 09.
There is a Scotrail train link within walking distance (Edinburgh Park) which takes you to the centre of Edinburgh in 15 minutes or so and the much-discussed Edinburgh tram is also under construction nearby although no work was actually taking place during our stay. The hotel is likely to be convenient for many reasons however it is not set in a picturesque location! If you dream of looking out over Edinburgh Castle from your bedroom window this is not the place for you. You can however access the city centre attractions quickly and benefit from a reasonably priced modern hotel.
There is a car park on site and this can be especially handy if your jetting off on holiday for a week because the parking is barrier-secured and free.
Reception is spacious and at the time of our visit many of the staff were young and foreign - all very courteous and helpful.
We asked for a room at the rear of the building and our sleep was not disturbed by noise so the place must be well sound-proofed. Our well-sized room was on one of the upper levels and looked out onto the tram construction area and the railway running past the hotel. Some of the rooms at the front will face the busy road by-pass. We also looked out on a lot of vacant ground in this area which is probably to accommodate expanding offices (when business picks up) and I understand a Premier Inn is also proposed.
We had a comfortable bed, a sofa, an expanding desk with computer links and a good flat screen TV with satellite channels. All the furnishings and decor were modern. The ensuite bathroom also had plenty of space with a large modern stylish washbasin and a walk-in, glass-screened shower. The shower was state-of-the-art with a remote control to operate - unfortunately in our case the battery for this control was flat and we couldn’t get any water! Thankfully a quick call to reception had that sorted out in a few minutes.
At breakfast we ordered porridge which although slow to arrive was delicious and we then helped ourselves to a reasonable selection of hot food from the buffet. There were also plenty of more healthy options. It was quite expensive but decent quality.
We tried out some of the hotel’s leisure facilities which included a steam room, sauna and swimming pool. These were all good but although the pool was large enough for a swim it was a bit cool for our liking. We didn’t try the gym but it looked well-equipped and compact.
All in all I’d recommend the hotel for everything with the exception of the view.
- Also Known As:
- Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel Edinburgh
- Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel
- Accor Edinburgh Park
- Edinburgh Novotel
- Novotel Edinburgh Park Scotland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4 star Novotel Edinburgh Park is ideally located for a city break in Edinburgh, the hotel has free on site parking, leisure facilities including a pool, gym and steam room. The hotels is only a 2 minute walk to Edinburgh Park train station, where the frequent trains take you into the heart of the city in 7 minutes, kids travel free at weekends. Elements Restaurant is the place to eat, after a busy day sightseeing, serving quality food and drink in relaxed surroundings. ... more less
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