Situated in Kilmaurs Terrace just off the Dalkeith road, the Amar Agua does not look that impressive from the outside, set in a row of block built terrace houses. However the experience begins inside. The freindly welcome from Dawn makes you. feel at ease right away. The look and feel of the main hallway exudes class and attention to detail. We stayed as a party of 7 adults occupying 4 rooms (one was a triple consisting of a double with a spearate single) over for the Tattoo week-end.
All rooms were tastefully decorated,clean and welcoming. Good firm bed in the room my wife an I occupied with an appropriate tartan decor. The bathroom though compact was clean and airy, with complimentary soaps, moisturiser and shower gel, quality towelling for hand and shower and spotless. The plastic washhand basin was a bit disappointing given the quality of the other fittings, however you only use it when your washing so I can overlook this.The room had a TV, tea, coffee (real cafeterie coffee) and muffins on arrival, these were topped up daily. The room was cleaned every day and beds made up.
Each of us were given our own key and this was useful especially when coming back late from Edinburgh ( a 20 min stroll away).
The breakfasts were fantastic, good choice of cereals and cooked breakfast menu to suit all tastes, beautifully presented and served with a smile by the very personable co-owner Tony. every day you were give a copy of the menu to pre-order for the next morning, although changes were possible, this lead to a very efficient breakfast regime. Every plate of food was given the same treatment and would not be out of place in top hotel. The place was fully occupied following our arrival and the max number of guests at any one time is around 11.
My only issue was the lack of a residents lounge, although the did have a reading spot with a library of books on the 1st floor landing.
Amar Agua has a very high rating from a number of agencies and rightly so, therefore you pay a premium price for your stay. Based on the service, the food and the general care and attention given to the guest it is good value for money.
Would I recommend it? If you want a respite from the city, friendly helpful hosts and a welcoming rooom to lay your head after a day walking the citys. Yes.
(If you get tired walking a taxi to Waverley Bridge and back is about £16)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AmarAgua is a comfortable Victorian residence, situated in a quiet residential area, built in the 1880s but recently upgraded retaining many original features, it is the perfect location for those who want to relax away from the noise of the capital but at the same time stay not too far from the city centre and all main attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amaragua Guest House Hotel Edinburgh
- AmarAgua Guest House Edinburgh, Scotland