We have just returned from a two-night break in Edinburgh - having read all the negative reviews about this hotel, we were dreading what we would find. On reflection, we needn't have worried.
The main reason for booking this hotel was the fact it has a totally free car park round the back. Parked up no problem on arrival and left it there for 2 days.
Also no problems on check-in - the duty manager was friendly and helpful, and continuted to be so throughout our stay. I paid in cash and we were given one of the rooms that had access to the terrace (number 14). This is a communal area shared by about 5 rooms. It doesn't have good views, but it's OK.
I think the main thing about our room was the fact it had obviously been refurbished and decorated very recently - all the paint was new, new pictures on the wall and everything worked fine and the power shower was really excellent. Also had an LCD TV with electronic program guide. It was also clean (and was cleaned whilst we were there).
The corridor outside also looked like it had been recently decorated.
I think the hotel is going through step by step modernisation and it really does make a difference - the conservatory where breakfast is served also looks quite new.
The hotel doesn't have particularly good sound-proofing and you can hear people outside your room and upstairs. However, it 's no worse than other hotels i've stayed in.
Breakfast is basic continental and is totally "serve yourself". However there is fruit, croissants, yoghurts, muffins, toast and cereal. We are not fans of a full english anyway so it was an ideal start to the day. There are two rooms set aside for breakfast and they are a little small, but as i say the conservatory is nice.
The hotel is on a major bus route into and out of the city - get a £3 day rider and you definitely get your money's worth. On booking, we thought it was within walking distance, but it's about 30 mins in reality, so it's definitely a bus ride away. Taxi back at night is around £7.50.
We did hear some people complaining that things weren't right, but we didn't have any problems.
If you want a no-frills relatively-cheap hotel that's on a major bus route into the city, and comes with the bonus of free car parking, then I would recommend staying here. Just ask for one of the newly decorated rooms and everything will be fine.
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- Also Known As:
- Northumberland Hotel Edinburgh
- The Northumberland Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland