We booked online and paid before we arrived. This made the service quicker and the hotel had our details ready and was expecting us. The rates were very reasonable and the hotel is classed as budget but really the only thing budget about this hotel was the price. We booked for 3 nights as we had a wedding to go to and wanted to make a long weekend of it. All the photos we saw online illustrated the hotel truthfully.
The location was perfect, based in Leith, or Edinburgh, many people argue about the location! Either way you could walk everywhere you needed to get to; Princes Street, Rose Street and the Castle and Old Town were all easily accessible. I’m 29 and not the fittest person around. It was also easy to find and walk to from the train/bus station. The street the hotel is located on is Royal Terrace. This is a beautiful part of Edinburgh and the street is very similar to those you’d see in Bath, even with a cobbled road. The houses and hotels on this street were beautiful and very grand looking. There are only houses on the one side of the street and behind the hotel is a big park. This makes the street very quiet without having to be far out of the town. The hill behind is called Carlton Hill and boasts some stunning panoramic views. This is literally 5 minutes from the hotel! There are lots of pubs, bars and restaurants within easy reach of this hotel too.
The hotel itself was very grand and beautiful inside. It had a lovely grand stair case and glass ceiling in the centre. The hotel has been looked after and kept well, and celebrates its period styling; lovely carpets, huge mirrors and gold walls. Beautiful! I still can’t figure out why this is a budget hotel!
SERVICE & BREAKFAST:
The staff at Halcyon Hotel were very friendly and efficient. Checking in and out was very easy and straight forward.
Every morning the staff greeted us with big smiles and quick service. We were seated quickly and brought refreshments whilst we chose what to eat on the breakfast menu. There was a good choice of breakfast too. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that not only was there the option to have fish for breakfast; but there were 2 different varieties, as well as fruit, full breakfast and cereal. It was delicious and served quickly even when the dining room was busy. The owners were very friendly too and checked that everything was ok and that we were enjoying our stay. This was a lovely personal touch.
Beds were made, towels changed and rooms cleaned efficiently every day, but not too early either so you weren’t disturbed!
Our room was clean light and airy, narrow but had a private corridor next to it with main the door at one end and a bathroom at the other. It almost made it feel like a little apartment. The double bed we had was very warm and comfy. Just lovely and cosy when the weather outside wasn’t so good. We were at the back of the hotel and had views of the rear gardens, which were quite pretty.
There were some chocolates to welcome us.
There was a nice big wardrobe and dressing table to store our clothes in. There was also a good mirror for getting ready in. There was no tv in the room, but we don’t book hotels for the tv. There was a main sitting room with a big tv in that all guests were allowed to use.
There were clean fresh towels daily and nice bathrooms treats, shower gels etc supplied. There was also a good bathroom heater to keep us warm whilst showering.
There was a kettle with tea and milk. The room also had a heater which heated up the room nicely and spare blankets in the wardrobe, this was good as it was cold winter weather when we stayed. There was a retro intercom but we didn't use it so don't know if it was in use.
There is nothing I can fault about this hotel, and would stay here every time I visit Edinburgh. I will recommend it too. I’d love to visit again in the summer! This is a fantastic hotel and perfect if you are on any kind of budget. Thanks for a lovely stay Halcyon!
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- Also Known As:
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