Had a three night stay here in April and were very happy with the overall experience.
Firstly, the hotel is located in a great location overlooking Edinburgh Castle and Princess Street Gardens.
Less than ideal is the fact that you can't drive to the hotel with your bags due to Princess Street being limited access to buses and cars only.
Instead, you need to drive to the multi storey car park at Castle Terrace (postcode EH1 2EW), unload your bags and walk across Princess Street Gardens to the hotel. The hotel reception will issue with a token for the car park which discounts the price to £10 a day for the duration of your stay. The hotel staff did state that if you contact reception you can drive to the rear of the hotel on Rose Street to the goods entrance and they will let you in with your bags which is useful to know for those with limited mobility as Princess Street Gardens has some steep paths up to Princess Street.
The second issue is actually finding the entrance! This is tucked between Starbucks and the New Look stores so just aim for Starbucks and you won't go far wrong!
The entrance leads to a small entrance hall with lifts and stairs to the main reception.
The staff are very friendly and the rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean. I echo the comments made about Colum who is a credit to the hotel. If you ask for a castle view you will get a room with a lovely view of the castle and gardens.
We found breakfast was excellent and available until 10.30 am. Unlike most places they were still bringing out fresh, hot food right up until that time (and this was a half term break, not a quiet period).
The hotel is so well located that you will not need to return to your car during your stay. There are bus stops right outside that will take you to all the attractions. Ask at reception and they will give you a map which highlights which buses to catch. You are also only a short walk from Edinburgh Waverley station if you want to venture further afield.
Within short walking distance are some excellent restaurants including the big chains such as Hard Rock Cafe and TGI Fridays etc.
Other than the limited access issues, my only criticism would be having to pay for Wi Fi. This really ought to be free, not £3 per 24 hour period.
Overall, I think you would find it very difficult to find a better place to stay for the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As its name suggests, Premier Inn Hotel Edinburgh Central (Princes Street) is situated on one of the most famous streets in Scotland, if not the world. All the delights of Princes Street are literally on your doorstep, while all the heritage and landmarks of Edinburgh are just a few minutes away. Stroll along pedestrianised Princes St to enjoy top name brands on one side, and one top notch view of the park on the other. Walk the Royal Mile to visit Edinburgh Castle, a destination steeped in history. Step out in style if you're coming to enjoy Hogmanay or the Edinburgh Festival. Then turn your feet homeward and come back to great food at our restaurant and a lovely comfy bed. ... more less
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