Arrived at Edinburgh Waverley railway station, the hotel is 2 minutes’ walk away opposite the Scott Monument. You enter from the street and have to go to the 1st floor for reception.
Reception is in a cramped dimly lit area with no natural light, the queue was back to the lifts. Efficiency is not key here.
Signage to guide you to your rooms is appalling and the corridor was something out of a film noir, long, drab and very poorly lit.
The room, Room 275, ah the room like a refugee from a 1960's IKEA, poorly assembled self-assembly furniture, the complimentary tea/coffee/cups were uncovered at floor level in an open drawer!!. Paper thin wall as the lady in the throes of passion in Room 274 next door attested, I had to check that I had not accidently ordered an R18 Adult movie on the flat screen smart TV due to the clarity of the sound. Flushing the toilet set off what can only be described as a noise akin to a jet engine from the water system. The sink tap is a single lever wish push round anti-clockwise to increase the temperature, however, you have to put your hand in front of the tap to stop being sprayed in cold water while you wait. The bathroom is a wet room arrangement angled down to the drain, and so is the toilet, so you have to hang on to the rail or swing round and face downhill whilst doing your ablutions, and the drain doesn’t drain particularly fast either. The view is of the building next door complete with scaffolding and glorious view of the air con units.
The Pièce de résistance . The restaurant, 1st the good bit the view is excellent. The staff I encountered in the hotel are all non-Scots/British...... "Would you like a think?" ... "No I decided what I would like to order"....."Yes but would you like a think?"...."no I've decided" ..."would you like a beer?".... "Ah would I like a drink!" and so it got worse... I ordered Breads with Balsamic vinegar and Olive Oil, Leek and Potato Soup, Beer battered Haddock with Thick Cut Chips, Pea Puree and Tartare Sauce. Now as I understand the Breads/Balsamic/Olive Oil combo is to be enjoyed whilst waiting for your starter, oh no it arrived with the Leek and Leek soup and was placed out of my reach at the other end of the table. The main turned up The thick cut chips weren't and were so overcooked that they could have used to shore up the self-assembly furniture in my room, the Pea puree was actually mushy peas and barely warm, the beer batter was cooked so much I had to use one of the overcooked chips to break through, and so after speaking to the manager I departed without being charged, as for breakfast it was erm ..... edible, so if you would like a fine dining experience there is a McDonalds or KFC two blocks away
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Downtown Hotel built above 2 well-known stores (Jenners & Marks & Spencer) in the heart of the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Hotel Edinburgh
- Ramada Hotel Mount Royal
- Ramada Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Ramada
- Mercure Edinburgh City - Princes Street Hotel Scotland