My spouse and two teens spent 4 nights at Holyrood apartHOTEL at the peak of festival season in Edinburgh. The location was fantastic - at the foot of the Royal Mile just a block or two away from Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament buildings, which meant you were conveniently close to the sights and sounds of the Royal Mile while still being a little removed from the thick of the noise and congestion. A little Tesco's Express is nearby for groceries, as are many restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways if you don't want to make your own meals. It is also very conveniently located to bus routes and the Waverly train station is less than a 10 minute walk away.
The apartment itself had its pros and cons. To the good, it was very spacious. We loved the two bedrooms with one bathroom and another ensuite bathroom in the "master" bedroom. The lounge with TV was airy and comfortable, and the kitchen had plenty of room, and was well supplied - along with the usual fridge, microwave, oven and hob, it had a dishwasher and clothes washer/dryer as well. The beds were comfortable and clean, and overall, the apartment provided clean, secure, comfortable, spacious accommodation that made it a relaxing place to rest and recharge at the end of the day.
The quirks: I hadn't thought to ask for a non-smoking room, as nearly all accommodations are non-smoking in Canada. Although the room we got only had smoking permitted in the lounge, there was still a lingering smell in the room. Not enough to make us request a change of rooms, but just enough to notice. If we were to stay here again, we would be sure to ask for a non-smoking room. The room faced an alley serviced by garbage trucks and close to the local restaurants, which led to some street noise, though it was not too bad considering it was over the weekend in festival season. A couple of times, we were alarmed by loud rattling sounds that we realized were just the water pipes.
For me the biggest obstacle to being truly comfortable was the layout and doors: you enter into a narrow hallway, which leads to the doors to the bedroom, bathroom and lounge. The doors are heavy and automatically swing closed with a loud and rather forbidding bang if you don't prop them open, so one can feel rather closed off from the rest of the family if they are shut all the time. On the other hand, I assume these are for reasons of privacy and fire safety, so this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It was just....quirky and felt a bit weird.
WiFi wasn't necessarily expensive, but you could only connect one device to it. However, if you really needed to check your mail or make reservations, a desktop computer and printer are available in the lounge. We elected to forego WiFi and just go to Starbucks around the corner.
Service was great - helpful receptionists, excellent housekeeping.
Overall, I would stay here again, ask for a non-smoking room away from the main lane, and bring a lightweight door wedge, as it otherwise has everything you need for a comfortable stay while exploring Edinburgh.
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- Holyrood ApartHOTEL Edinburgh, Scotland
- Holyrood Aparthotel Hotel Edinburgh