This is my second trip to Edinburgh this time I dealt with the booking which was fairly last minute 3-4weeks in advance with main intentions to go shopping. I wasn't able to find the hotel on Trip advisor but there were decent reviews on the site that we booked it through.
On arrival although there was no reception staff, the person who checked me in said being only a small hotel there was no designated reception staff, all front of house staff checked people in, this information might bother some but to be honest I hadn't booked in to the Sheraton so it wasn't a problem. The hotel was warm and cosy looking with little lounge restaurant and bar area, the kind of place you wouldn't mind staying if it was snowing.
The staff were helpful and friendly showed us up to our room on the second floor - not sure of the number but opposite the lift directly to the left. The double deluxe room was lovely very spacious with open fire place and large wardrobe, bathroom was good everything was clean and quiet. there was also hair dryer iron and iron board and hangers. The only problem for me and my partner was the bed, the mattress was a little too soft and lopsided my partner ended up getting up to sleep on the floor for part of the night, next time we would ask for a different deluxe double or king size room.
Parking was the only thing that seemed a bit of a disappointment at first then turned out to be a bargain, the parking outside the hotel is 4hrs max stay Mon-Fri. The hotel staff directed us to parking on Clinton street, approximatey 2mins drive down the street, the cost is approximately £4-£6 til 6pm, this was good, Saturday and Sunday were free parking all day so much more generous than most cities.
We had dinner on both nights at the hotel, on the first night we left our room and heard a quite a lot of noise coming from the bar area, at which point I realised it was a sports bar - all art work was of famous sports stars and there was a match on the tv. We went to the bar for a drink and where to sit if we wanted to eat, the barman told us to find a seat and someone would be sent over to take our orders. For how busy it was we got restaurant staff to clear the table and asked for a menu, they were so busy i think he forgot about us so we asked who i thought was the bar manager for a menu which we were given straight away after a look we ordered our food, before the food came the manager came back to apologise for us not being able to sit in the restaurant and how there was a lot of large bookings, which is a good sign for a decency of the food. To be honest we were quite happy sitting in the bar it was a decent atmosphere mixed groups of people of all ages, but appreciated her even noticing that. The food was good and plentiful, nachos plate to share was large bigger than expected mains was good fish cakes was although abit lemony for my taste still delicious. Food and a few round of drinks came to under £50. The following evening we got a table in the restaurant as the weather and shortage of football kept people in. The restaurant was cosy and intimate the staff really nice, helpful and welcoming were happy to have a chat.
The room was cleaned during our stay bed remade and towel heater was on. We decided not to have breakfast at the hotel and went to another lovely establishment called The Pink pig.
The location of the hotel is great and is approximately a 20min walk from the hotel to Princes street, the walk in to the city was interesting there are a few of little cafes, boutiques near the hotel the shops closer to the city you can get water, juice and the like.
I would recommend this hotel to others and if I go back to Edinburgh I would stay at The Links again.
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