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Portsburgh Court
Ranked #87 of 215 Specialty Lodging in Edinburgh
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Booked three nights during the festival for £200; no view, no breakfast, no soap in the bathroom. Very standard small room with no frills, literally. Be aware that there is no routine towel and sheet change or any servicing to the room but the communal areas including the kitchen are cleaned. I arrived late on the Friday to find two large stains on my sheets and no reception to complain to. The communal lounge does have a range of vending machines and the accommodation itself is brilliantly located so getting breakfast etc was easy.

The two or three times I did speak to staff, they couldn't have been more helpful. Sheets and towels were changed with no fuss for example. Outside of the festival at lower rates I can see that Portsburgh is probably excellent value...you just won't want to stay in your room very much!!!

Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

I decided to come to the fringe at the last minute and booked this student accommodation because the deal was pretty good. I think the fact that it was right at the end of the festival helped. It seems that it's new student accommodation that has become available during the festival. It appears that this is now becoming quite a popular way for the vast student accommodation houses to make some cash while the students are away.

It was fairly small, but it was fine for me. It was clean. There is no blanket but fitted sheet and duvet. They do however provide you with a towel, yay! This was not was I was expecting. I stayed at some student accommodation last year for the festival and it was no where near as nice as this. It was warm and the kitchen was clean. Basically you have an ensuite room in a small apartment. The kitchen is shared and there is some couches but I didn't actually hang out there at all. There is also a common room apparently in the basement, but as I was at the fringe most nights out I didn't go in there at all. I think it helped that I didn't have many flatmates so everyone was quiet. But I imagine perhaps at the height of the fringe the door slamming could get a bit annoying.

The reception is only open during certain times so you need to make sure that you get there on time. There is an out of hours contact number but I didn't use it at all. The location is good. It's slightly to the west of the old town, but I quite liked it wasn't quite right on the grassmarket. It can get very noisy there. It was within easy walking reach of everything you needed. There's also a sainsbury's supermarket just down the street.

Overally, I thought it was good value fringe accommodation.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

Basic cheap student-style accommodation comprising a private bedroom with a double bed, wardrobe, work area (with free fast wired internet) and bathroom with shower and toilet. The flat shares a small lounge and kitchen with three other bedrooms.
Clean sheets and towels, but otherwise you need to bring it: no alarm, radio or TV in the bedrooms. No food on site, but cook your own or a cafe next door.
Only real snag was walls appear to be really thin, a midnight conversation in a neighbouring room sounded like it was in mine. Great value in my case at £38 per night

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Room Tip: No vayáis!!!
  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 8, 2016
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  • Stayed: August 2016, traveled as a couple
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Address: 56 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DH, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
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Ranked #87 of 215 Specialty Lodging in Edinburgh
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Portsburgh Court 2.5*
Number of rooms: 229
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