If you're staying anywhere in Edinburgh at Festival time you pay a premium, but we stumbled across Capital Residence by way of Travel Republic and ended up paying £150 per night for their suite, including breakfast.
This boutique accommodation is situated on Pilrig Street, about a fifteen minute walk to the top of North Bridge and the eastern end of Princes Street. It's well served by the 11 bus service which stops very close to the place and runs into town in one direction, and out to Ocean Terminal and the Royal Yacht Britannia in the other. Like all Lothian buses a standard fare of £1.50 applies ( £3.50 day ticket ) for all single journeys. Alternatively walk two minutes from Capital Residence to Leith Walk and there is a choice of buses heading towards the centre.
So location is fine, not too far outside the main attraction areas. As for the accommodation, we were in the Suite, room number 5. Essentially a typically large town house, high ceiling bedroom, with a wardrobe/cupboard unit dividing the room into two areas, one with the bed and one with a sofa unit to lounge in. Not one, but TWO 32" flat screen TV's, CD/radio player with iPod docking, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Also FREE Wi-Fi! Ample bathroom with hot towel rail, a selection of toiletries, large fluffy towels, and a lush shower unit over the bath.
Large ceiling to floor sash windows make the room light and airy but they are not double glazed, and Pilrig is a busy road, so expect some traffic noise, particularly when the 11's trundle by. Might be an issue for light sleepers, but if you've spent the day doing the Edinburgh sights, particularly at Fringe time, you do tend to nod off whatever, and that bed is very comfortable.
Every morning breakfast is served in the dining room with the full Scottish on offer, your choice of components, or scrambled eggs ( with salmon if desired ), or eggs Benedict. Cereals, croissants, muffins and fruit are also available.
The owner, David, is extremely welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly and we thank him for helping to make our stay so enjoyable. We can only speak for the room we stayed in, but we found it stylish, comfortable and extremely well appointed. A guest house that comes with a bit of premium, but in our view, bearing in mind what some less rated establishments were charging, well worth it, and would have no hesitation in recommending Capital Residence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, this boutique bed and breakfast is placed 1 mile from Princes Street and 1 mile from Edinburgh's popular shore area. Built in 1850, Capital Residence is a Grade B listed town house. An iPod dock, safe and a selection of teas, coffee and sweet treats are featured in every room. Sleek bathrooms all have luxury toiletries, fluffy bathrobes, a hairdryer and GHD hair straighteners. Guests can choose from a range of breakfast options including freshly made full Scottish breakfasts and Scottish smoked salmon. For evening dining, there are restaurants and bars within a 5-minute walk. Set 0.5 miles from Edinburgh’s New Town, the building still displays many of its original features. Capital Residence is just over a mile from the Royal Botanic Gardens and Edinburgh’s dockside area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Capital Residence Hotel Edinburgh
- Capital Residence Edinburgh, Scotland