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Residence Inn Edinburgh
Ranked #36 of 149 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Just WOW!”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

We have just returned from an amazing 2 nights at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Edinburgh. I honestly do not know where to even start with this review but here goes...

We arrived by taxi from Waverley station (around £5.50), although it is easily within walking distance, and were impressed by the look of the building. Modern clean lines, nice outside space for the smokers amongst us, with amenities close by - Starbucks, sainsburys local and a lovely little book shop beneath the hotel. The lobby is practical and stylish - with a really relaxed atmosphere - high tables with plug sockets for laptops chargers etc, sofa seating area, small shop kiosk (really reasonable prices!!!) as well as a bar and tables for breakfast. We were checked in by Paul at the front desk - who couldn't do enough for us and was a font of knowledge about the local area and made us feel very welcome from the off - the free afternoon cookies helped too :)

The rooms - well they were huge! On entering there is a small kitchen area and set of wardrobes, sofa area, two of the comfiest double beds I've ever slept in, and a nice bathroom with a really powerful shower. The decoration was modern but not cold - it was a comfortable and welcoming space. The rooms had the usual tv, tea making facilities, desk, chair, toiletries, but then also had iPod doc, plates, cutlery, microwave and even a dishwasher! I can understand why this would be a popular choice for long stays but definitely ticked all the boxes for our short stay too.

The location was great for exploring Edinburgh's sights - walking distance to the royal miles princes street the castle - or if you are like us and a bit on the lazy side a £5 taxi ride to any of the above :) as well as being close to everything you would expect to want to see in Edinburgh you are so close to the Meadows - a lovely park.

The services at the hotel were great - breakfast was a casual affair, a mixture of continental and traditional Scottish breakfast - eggs bacon scrabbled eggs, which could be taken in the lobby area, on the sofas, trays were even provided to take back to your room, or takeaway bags if you needed to eat on the go. The selection of food, coffees, teas, juices, was great and anything you needed was quickly attended to - special thanks to Isis and Gabor who were amazing throughout the stay.

On the topic of food - room service. Well we arrived back at the hotel at around 11.45pm on the Saturday evening, and considered room service. Calling down to the front desk expecting only to get a sandwich we were offered soup paninis and pizzas. We opted for a panini and soup each at the amazing price of £4.95 each! No tray charge either. The food was prompt, delicious and plentiful. Safe to say we were impressed!

Working for an airline I have stayed in many hotels around the world and can honestly say this is amongst the best I have had the pleasure of staying in. The hotel itself is lovely but what makes this place such a good find is the staff and the relaxed - but extremely professional - atmosphere. The staff really do go out of their way to make you feel value and welcome in their city - from arranging restaurant reservation arranging taxis, to even doing your food shopping for you (not even kidding!!) I would say the residence inn definitely fits every type of guest - business traveller, long stay, as well as being a gem of a find for a tourist trip to the city - couples, friends as well as families.

Only problem I have now is finding time to return...

  • Stayed March 2014
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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the Marriot Residence Inn in March 2014. This modern hotel was conveniently located in the Quartermile site close to the old hospital and only a 5-10 minute walk from The Royal Mile which was a great base to explore all that Edinburgh has to offer. There was discounted underground parking for hotel residents which reduced an overnight parking charge from £16- £12 which was reasonable and convenient. The two best things about this hotel were the really spacious suites. We had a kitchen area with dishwasher, microwave, kettle and full supply of crockery and cutlery. The bedroom housed a king size bed, sofa, armchair and stool. In addition we had a large computer/writing desk and chair with a modern and spotlessly clean bathrooms. This was a spacious and beautifully maintained apartment and I have to say that my wife and I would have no hesitation about going back. A nice touch was that the staff who struck a happy balance between being attentive without being overbearing seemed genuinely keen to make sure we enjoyed our stay. Top marks to staff for their customer service, try it, you won't be disappointed.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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quiero
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Never having visited Scotland previously, it was important that we found a hotel with the best facilities to suit our needs. We stayed at the Residence Inn in November. We needed a Disabled Room with free internet close to McEwan Hall, with space for visitors to sit down and relax with us. We were delighted to find that the Residence Inn has Disabled Rooms with a large bathroom and with a comfortable settee and a table, free internet, which is an essential sometimes, and even Room Service. There is a very useful kitchen, with everything someone would need to have a meal, including a dishwasher to make things easy after eating.
Everyone was exceptionally helpful, and we were able to enjoy a breakfast in the entry way both mornings. There is a gym in the hotel which we did not use. The hotel is in walking distance of cafes, restaurants and shops . There was some noise in the mornings from the area around the hotel in the early morning, but, overall we slept well. I would highly recommend this hotel and all the staff we met, who went out of their way to be helpful and polite, and think that Marriott should introduce more Residence Inn's into the UK as soon as possible !!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

Our daughter lives in Edinburgh and when we visit we like hotel accommodations that offer a comfortable setting to entertain guests. Certainly the Residence Inn lends itself to that end. It is centrally located on University of Edinburgh campus, very close to national museums and the meadows. We have always stayed in a one bedroom unit. They offer the most space to entertain. The breakfast is good, a typical Residence Inn breakfast. The staff is incredible. They are extremely helpful, friendly, like their American guests and quite to my surprise always remembered our names! Cons are the common area tv's are always tuned to Fox News (please put on CNN! lol) and the kitchens do NOT include a stove top or oven. If they were to install them, it would guarantee our return. Without them it makes more sense for us to look at other accommodations. Those options include other Marriott hotels but it also includes other aparthotels and self catering accommodations of which there are many to chose from in the city including the hotel chain next door. Please install them, you have the counter space. :D

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

We stayed two nights at this hotel in Edinburgh. Close walking distance to most sights, and nice with a park right next door. The room was large and spacious and there was all you needed. The breakfast was also very good and the staff very helpful. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bath, England
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

I've been staying at the Residence Inn on business now for nearly 2 months and I have to say the staff make this place one of the most welcoming, friendly hotels i've ever stayed in - all other Marriotts need to take note.

Paul and his team do the up most to make it a "home from home" - going above and beyond to help. Everyone knows your name, they give the most amazing welcome, remember the tiniest of details about what you like/don't like and of course lets not forget the freshly baked cookies that are there for when you return from work - I cant fault this place and would 100% recommend it!

Thank you guys for a great 2 months - hopefully will be back soon!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

My daughter and I stayed at Marriot residence inn got one night. I had made a mess of the booking but they very generously sorted me out and let me stay on the Saturday night at no extra cost. The front desk team were courteous, polite and very helpful. The room was beautiful - spotless and well appointed- the beds so comfortable as always with beds in Marriot Hotels. The breakfast was really lovely with loads of choice and the staff once again very attentive. The area in which the hotel is - is very central and modern- a short stroll from the centre. I would highly recommend this hotel. T

Stayed February 2014
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Property: Residence Inn Edinburgh
Address: 36 Simpson Loan | Quartermile, Edinburgh EH3 9GG, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Southside & Holyrood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#23 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#23 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#50 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Residence Inn Edinburgh 4*
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We're delighted to bring you the UK's first Residence Inn by Marriott offering you short and long stay Edinburgh accommodation. Set a pace that suits you at Residence Inn by Marriott. Whether you're with us for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months, your daily routine matters. Located in the heart of Edinburgh in the new Quartermile development you have it all at your fingertips with Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Princes Street, the Meadows, the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament all with in a few minutes walk. You'll thrive at Residence Inn with all the conveniences you need. Like spacious studio, superior studio and one bedroom suites with separate living, working, kitchen and sleeping areas. Complimentary grocery delivery service to fill your refrigerator and satisfy cravings. Complimentary internet for connecting to work and the outside world. Free hot breakfast to start mornings off right and evening social hours to end the day well. ... more   less 
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