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“Wonderful holiday” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh at Home
Ranked #61 of 214 Specialty Lodging in Edinburgh
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1 review
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“Wonderful holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2009

I recently stayed in Apartment 25 James Square with my girlfriend and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The apartment overlooks quiet private gardens (no busy roads!) yet is only 10 mins walk to the city centre. It was bright and immaculate, with lovely touches such as milk and coffee, bread and butter etc left for us. I'd love to bring my family back here (my 7 yr old brother would love the swimming pool) so asked to see a couple of the other apartments. They are all furnished to the same high standards as number 25 and I would be very happy bringing my parents back here for a holiday.

Overall a real gem in Edinburgh!

  • Liked — Comfortable, well equipped, swimming pool
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Artvanderlay01
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2009

A brilliant find for a long weekend away with the girls!
The apartment we stayed in, no 51/3, was very homely and extremely well decorated - so much so we didnt want to go home! The owner Agnes was very helpful and made us feel welcome throughout our stay. On arrival there was a starter pack which included milk, bread, tea etc which was much apreciated after a long day. I would recommend this place to all as it is a great location and is excellent value for money. I will definitely be staying here again! Donna

Stayed January 2009
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1 Thank Brandi09
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Liverpool
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2009

cant be beaten for value and location(one short bus hop and you are in the centre)safe secure parking, a real gem of a find ,will be returning

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cugsey
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Sheffield
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2008

We were really unhappy with our stay at flat 25, 51 James Square. We were so dissatisfied we left a day early. The flat was much smaller than the website suggested, smelled musty and was poorly maintained (broken blinds, missing and broken floor tiles, dirty skylight windows, and crockery with food still on!).

The flat is near some busy roads and we found one of the bedrooms unusable because of the constant noise through the plastic skylight.

Also, not as convenient for the city centre as described on the website, and the building looks like it was converted 20 or 30 years ago to a low standard.

We are not fussy travellers, but thought this was a really poor quality place to stay for the price.

  • Disliked — Noise, smell, shoddy fittings and small rooms
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mervyn J
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2008

Overall a convenient location and good quality holiday apartment, especially if there is a large group (we stayed in an apartment that would have slept eight).

The location is very handy for Haymarket station, and as previous reviewers have stated the bus journey to Princes Street is very convenient. You’d have to be a slow walker to take half an hour to walk to the city centre: I’d say it was 15 minutes to the Castle, similar to the end of Lothian Road/Princes Street.

The owners rent several apartments in this very large residential block, so your experience may vary, but the furnishings (whilst somewhat old-fashioned) were of a high standard and the beds were particularly comfortable. The pool is small but clean and great for children. All necessary services are available nearby, and there are some nice touches on arrival – two towels for each person, milk, butter, bread, jam and coffee provided. I’d prefer this over a soulless corporate let.

Recommended, especially for families and groups of close friends.

  • Stayed August 2008
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank getdown
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2008

The James Square apartment was an excellent base for our long weekend in Edinburgh. The location is very convenient, less than 10 mins from Waverley by bus, with shops and restaurants nearby.
The apartment was well equipped with plenty of thick soft towels, basics in the kitchen and bathroom and pleasant decor.
The pool and sauna in the building was a real treat and seperate swimming towels were provided.

Overall we had a very comfortable stay and would re-book on future visits to Edinburgh.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank rachel7503
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England
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2008

The apartments were quite clean, but not the 'posh' furnishings and finishings that you expect. For example, the fitted wardrobes to one of the rooms in Apartment 3 were falling apart and pretty much useless. This kitchen/living room areas are very nice though.

The location is ok, although is a good 20-30min walk to Princes Street so be prepared and wear suitable footwear ladies!

The car parking is a bit of a squeeze but is relatively secure (cctv and roller shutter to the entrance). This is also massively convenient.

The swimming pool is good too.

Overall a good place but quite a walk to the city centre and not finished to the best standards. A good place to stay if you max out the occupancy and split the cost!

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank suz..888
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Property: Edinburgh at Home
Address: James Square | Caledonian Crescent, Edinburgh EH11 2AT, Scotland (Formerly James Square Apartments)
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #61 of 214 Specialty Lodging in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Housed in a welcoming complex, each holiday apartment has the use of a private swimming pool, sauna and private parking. Holday apartments range from 2 bedrooms to 4 bedrooms, all within the same building allowing a perfect destination for larger groups. The accommodation is within easy walking distance of the centre of Edinburgh, perfect for a family holiday, weekend break or business trip. ... more   less 
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