Coming to Edinburgh to take part in the marathon, we needed somewhere not too far from the start at Carlton Hill and with a bath to relax in after the event!
After searching through details of many extremely expensive hotels in Edinburgh, we came across the Claremont which seemed to have everything we needed but at a very reasonable price.
The hotel is about a mile north of Princes Street, and there are many restaurants, cafes and interesting shops along the route, not to mention a handy Tesco just around the corner.
We were able to check in as soon as we arrived, which was about 11am. Our room was large and sunny with two single beds and a double (two more singles put together), a large corner bath with shower, and a great view over the rooftops towards the National Monument on Carlton Hill.
There wasn’t much extra furniture (might have liked a small table), but it was cosy and perfectly OK for our needs. Everywhere was clean and tidy, although a little “worn at the edges”.
The staff were genuinely friendly and helpful, although the reception area wasn’t itself very welcoming – there was just a small reception counter always shuttered closed (although someone was never far away …just needed to ring the bell).
Not a good hotel for people who don’t like stairs as there’s no lift, but that didn’t bother us (except maybe after the marathon!). The big winding staircase up the centre of the building also meant that sound travelled well, so if anyone was chatting late at night you could hear them quite loudly in the room.
The large restaurant was a couple of flights of stairs below street level, and for breakfast there was a (surprisingly) good range of cereals, pastries, fruit, yogurts, pancakes, etc. before the large cooked breakfast with plenty of tea, coffee and toast.
So all in all we enjoyed our stay and were very pleased with the hotel. It was very good value for money, not too far from the city centre, and with great staff …just showing its age a little.
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- Also Known As:
- Claremont Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland