For a short citybreak this hotel is excellent. Its position at the top of London Road, with bus stops very close by, is super. However it is only a short and interesting walk to the city centre with its many attractions and myriad of places to eat.
The room was clean, warm and comfortable with plenty of choice on the beverage tray although 4 cartonettes of milk weren't enough even though the tray was replenished daily. The bed was very comfortable and despite some street noise I slept well. We had a shower room which was clean & well stocked with toiletries. The shower took a while to warm up but it was one of the best I've used, really powerful & with an adjustable temperature so you can have a hot shower at the end of a days sightseeing. Ther is no hair dryer so make sure you take one! Unfortunately the doors of the shower cubicle had been replaced by a shower curtain which looked cheap and didnt keep all the water inside the cubicle.
It wasn't only the shower curtain which let this room down though. The furniture, comprising a wardrobe, stool, armchair, side table and two small cabinets looked like leftovers from a charity shop - the armchair was so worn I don't think any charity shop would accept it! There were no bedside cabinets or shelves because the bed was pushed into a corner against the shower room wall, which made it awkward for putting things like a glass of water, watch, fone etc. I found that the lighting left a lot to be desired too with one light by the door and one on the wall to the right of the bed (with a coffee stained shade) but the only switch was by the door. There was a large sash window which had no lock, although there was a drop to the basement beneath it, the net curtain covering it was very dirty, it was only single glazed so there was traffic noise and it was draughty too, thank goodness for decent curtains which would have kept out all the cold air if they had touched the floor!
It wouldnt take much to correct these flaws. New matching furniture, rearranged if possible although the narrowness of the room does not give much scope, would be good and adding a couple of table lamps next to the bed would help too and I would be inclined to put the TV on a wall bracket.
We only met the recepion stafff, who were friendly and efficient. I cannot comment on the restaurant because it was unexplainedly closed and breakfast cost extra so we self catered.
Despite the above niggles I liked the hotel and would stay there again for a short break.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the lively theatre district of Edinburgh with the old town just minutes away, the Cairn Edinburgh has recently undergone a complete refurbishment to high standard. The hotel offers fantastic accommodation suited for leisure and corporate guests alike easily accessible by rail with the Edinburgh Waverley station only a 10 minute walk away ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cairn Hotel Edinburgh Scotland