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Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
Ranked #55 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 16, 2014

I'm all about saving money while traveling, but there's got to be a line drawn, and Motel One draws it.
Pros:
-Awesome Location: Right next to Waverly Station which is in the heart of everything
-Modern Decor: Everything's been remodelled recently so it has a new feel with nice, modern bathrooms
- Clean
- It's Cheap
-Good first impression

Cons:
- Noisy- I'm not sure there is any insulation in the walls
- The average age seems to be quite young, which isn't an issue except for between the hours of 2 and 4 am when they come back from the pubs loud and drunk
-Breakfast: Ours wasn't included so we paid the £7.50 a person for one of our mornings before seeing it. There's a few cereals laid out with some yogurt and toast. Tea and coffee are available. The croissants were good. But you can get much better food for cheaper at a great cafe (Southern Cross Cafe, check out my review) just a 3 minute walk up the hill. Plus then you're supporting a small Scottish business.
-We paid extra for a room with a view but the window was so small. It wasn't worth it.
-The rooms are very small, even after paying extra. There is no closet, which can be normal in European hotels, but you might want to know that before going in.
-No phones in the room. Again not such a big deal with mobile phones now, but something you should know.
- If you enjoy a stiff bed, you're all good sleeping here. If not, good luck!

I wanted to like this place, but when going back to visit Edinburgh, we won't be staying here again.

Room Tip: Paid extra for the view in 621, don't do it.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

well priced no-frills "motel" ideally located on the edge of the old and new towns with comfortable if claustrauphobic rooms. two suggestions for the management 1) sort out the climate control...our room was uncomfortably hot and the temperature control on the wall did nothing. other reviewers have commented on the same problem. 2) all of the staff looked far too busy to help...it is normal to ask guests how was their stay on checkout!

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

This hotel was a bargin find. We were very surprised to also find a stylish, modern and very comfortable hotel. The rooms are beautifully decorated and provide everything you need for a pleasurable stay including free wifi. Usually stay in either premier inn or travel lodge but can honestly say will chose motel one for all future stays. The staff were amazing too.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
Thank Theresa K
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Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights in feb first impressions were good nice cosey lounge and modern decor . Rooms tiny could even swing a cat and hotel layout a nightmare on 4th floor and you have to go to 5th floor on lift then along round along n down a flight of steps to 4th floor , can't even get a direct lift to where room is situated . Very confusing. No telephone in rooms also so can't get help when needed , also no parking on site so costs 3 pound per hour on metre or 20 pound to park overnight and hotel supposedly give you 20%off once you collect your car however when we u collect car you have to put ticket in machine to get car out dnt therefore need to pay , was told to go and collect car and come back and they would validate it however this is not the case so overall reasonable hotel and reasonable price but with added extra if you need to drive here

Would try somewhere else next time however location is fab

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Thank Cheryl123a
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

My friend and I were in Edinburgh to see War Horse at the Festival Theatre. when we tried to book a hotel a few months ago, they were all very expensive, because the Scotland/England rugby international was on that weekend. My friend found this hotel a couple of months ago. We were amazed at the reasonable price and even more amazed when we arrived and saw the high standard of accommodation and service. We paid £10 extra for a front facing room with a lovely view. The room had twin beds, bay window and separate shower room and toilet. when we returned from the theatre we had a coffee and a liqueur in the bar. ( They had no Amaretto - the only fault I can find! But the Baileys was fine. )The buffet continental breakfast had a good selection of bread and pastries and cold meat and cheese. checkout was not until noon, so we had time for a stroll around Princes Street before checking out.

Room Tip: The front facing room had a great view, but the street noise until the early hours might keep you aw...
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

This was the second time we stayed in this hotel and again could not fault it. The room was clean and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Also an excellent central location, it meant we could walk back from our restaurant without having to grab a taxi, a brilliant advantage as the night we stayed the rugby was on and the city centre was busy. £84 per room per night is a brilliant rate for an Edinburgh hotel, especially one so central. Will be back!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

We are great supporters of the Scottish Rugby Union team and we decided to make a week-end of it. My better half got on the internet and found this newly renovated and refurbished hotel in the grassmarket at a great price through bookings.com. Obviously there was no wear and tear and the staff were very friendly. It is so handy if you are going shopping in Princess Street and so accessible from Waverley station. The room we had was clean and comfortable with television and shower. Being centrally located meant that all the great features Edinburgh has
are on the doorstep and 10 minutes from the imposing Edinburgh Castle and the other tourist attractions. Mary Kings Close is one not to miss. BTW there is no phone in the rooms but Wi-Fi is available. Enjoy!

Room Tip: Try and get a northern facing room for the view.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Motel One Edinburgh-Royal

Address: 18-21 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Best Value Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range: $76 - $137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Motel One Edinburgh-Royal 3*
Number of rooms: 208
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Motel One Edinburgh-Royal has prime position in the hub of the city, on bustling Market Street, a stone’s throw from the Waverley Railway Station and the Royal Mile, close to the shopping strip, main attractions, businesses, and popular nightlife.Based on the concept "Great design for little money" the Motel One brand offers high standards of service and great design for budget conscious guests in city centre locations. ... more   less 
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