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“Relaxed place in a central location”

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53 Frederick Street
Ranked #30 of 394 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

This place has a very relaxed laid back approach and if you need any help everyone is friendly and informative enough. The location itself is very central and the bus from the airport shuttle bus drops you right behind their street. The BREAKFAST is served downstairs in the posh boutique style hotel/restaurant which serves up really good quality food, served by staff in uniform. So, for those of you looking for the typical cozy B&B experience where you see the owners in aprons cooking up your brekkie and having a chat with you, this is not the place. Those of you that don't mind and just want to eat and explore, this is perfect.

SLEEP quality - we had a room facing the side/back street and we usually got in very late/early morning and passed out after drinking so we didn't have much trouble on that front. Saying that, I did wear my earplugs to block out all the usual noises you can expect to hear in a busy central location, people coming from bars and early morning deliveries/routines.

TIP: The city itself is fairly easy to get around and we walked to most places. Once you've done the city, castle, etc, I would highly recommend doing a full day around the wonderful Holyroad Park (drinks and snacks for the trekking/no shops on the hill!) and do a full circle and the bits in the middle, eventually making your way down to Dodingston Village. Once explored I suggest parking your bottoms at The Sheep Heid Inn for a homemade juicy burger and the very decent chunky chips to say the least. They have a great beer garden that catches the sun too....oh, and a bowling alley??!! Make sure you have enough strength to walk back to your hotel though as taxi's are scarce from the village.

TIP: The Airlink shuttle bus service from airport is easy, cheap, spacious, comfortable and quick - highly recommend. Don't get sucked in by the need for a taxi or pre-booked private hire. Just be aware that your drop off point/bus stop will not necessarily be the same your return journey. There are only 2 or 3 stops in certain locations for the return.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

This is a B&B we will return to. At a perfect spot in “Edinburgh new town”, in the middle of shopping and restaurant areas. The building originally from early 19th century is well preserved and nicely taken to the 21st. The top floor stairs is old and torn but so full of charms. Nice rooms in harmony with building, furniture and facilities. Run by friendly owners and an adorable old cat watching the lounge. Good WI-FI. Breakfast is served at neighbouring Rick’s Hotel, really good.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

My wife and I recently spent two nights here, seasoned travellers, relaxed and tolerant.
Location: Great for central Edinburgh - be prepared for all the stairs.
Accommodation: Clean, rooms seem to vary, we stayed in a night in 4A which had apparently just been refurbished. One mattress appalling, chair leg fell off, water pressure far too low, traffic noise incessant. You only really need a good bed and hot water supply in a hotel and we got neither.
Breakfast: (in adjoining independent restaurant) Excellent.
Staff: Family business, daughter is Manageress who needs to improve her customer skills - every things seemed to be a chore and the customers an inconvenience!

Room Tip: See room 1st, take earplugs,don't get 4A
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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DT_Edin, Owner at 53 Frederick Street, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2013

Thank you for your review, I do feel however there are a few points you have missed and haven't mentioned in your review which might explain things a little more clearly.

The manageress of 53 Frederick Street deals with up to 30 guests every day and has had numerous glowing reports of her professionalism and helpfulness.

When she contacted you by email to ascertain you estimated time of arrival, you refused to divulge it and choose not to contact us at all, which did leave her waiting a long while on the first day.

We do need this information to ensure that one of the family is present to welcome guests, and help with luggage and show you to your room. As a small B &B it is not possible to provide 24hour reception and office facilities.

After staying one night in 4a you had requested a further night's stay which was in another room to the back of the building and as discussed the day before we needed to swap your keys across as we had other guests checking into the room.

Unfortunately you those to ignore our requests and left for a full day of sightseeing taking the keys with you in spite of two reminders that morning. This did cause us considerable inconvenience when the new guests arrived and also meant we had to wait on your return to swap keys over and check you into your new room late the second evening.

We will take on board the problems you have mentioned about the new room and make sure they are attended to quickly.

Regards

David

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

This B & B is perfectly located, just off Princes Street and handy to all transport and sights etc. However as it is in an old Georgian building, there are no lifts, so it is recommended you "buzz" for assistance with your luggage. On my first visit, I was in a room right at the top of several flights of stairs and the last one was a killer. However, on my return about 10 days later, I was in Room 8 on the same level as reception - slightly more bearable. The room was very spacious and comfortable, with a very large bathroom, and as it faced the back of the building, no street noise. Breakfast is obtained at Rick's Hotel two doors down (on presentation of a voucher from the B & B), and the staff there are very obliging. Don't feel you have to eat what's on the menu - you can "mix and match" (i.e. I wanted bacon and tomato with toast - no problems). Just a few doors up is the Queen's Arms hotel which is great for dinner, or liquid refreshments, or both. Be warned - if you are a smoker, you will have to go outside then down a few stairs onto Rick's outdoor seating area, which at 5am can be one of the coldest places on earth! All in all, can recommend for a short stay as long as you don't mind the (sometimes 5 times) daily exercise on the stairs.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the same level as the reception area, at the back of the building.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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DT_Edin, General Manager at 53 Frederick Street, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2013

Thank you for your review glad the quads got a good workout :)

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

After a week in tiny UK hotel rooms, the Frederick St rooms are massive. The B&B is in a very central location- close to pubs, restaurants and bus stations. Breakfast is served at Rick's Cafe next door. The bed pillows were a little funky - very flat and uncomfortable but other than that - no complaints.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

When we booked this room, the place looked a bit dated in the pictures. But we were definitely pleasantly surprised when we arrived there! the triple room was gorgeous and huge! The owners were so nice and friendly and really went the extra mile to feel us welcome! the only minus was that the room was a bit cold (we were there in end of January) but have to say, one of the best places I have stayed anywhere! the price for the room was very cheap and the breakfast in the downstairs restaurant was excellent and included in the price as well. I can definitely recommend this place to anyone!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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DT_Edin, General Manager at 53 Frederick Street, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2013

HI there,
Thank you so much for your reveiw I am so please you enjoyed your stay with us.
Hope to see you back here in the future
Tess

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

My wife and I spent 5 days in Edinburgh during our GB trip, and chose 53 Frederick based on previous reviews, location and price. Other than the stairs (which can be a little daunting at the end of a long day of sightseeing), everything was excellent. Very friendly hosts, good sized room that was impeccably clean (probably the cleanest hotel room I have ever stayed in), great location and the breakfasts at Rick's were fantastic. If stairs aren't a problem, then I can highly recommend 53 Frederick St. as a place that won't disappoint.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 53 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1LH, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 394 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range: $103 - $183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — 53 Frederick Street 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
No. 53 Frederick Street, bed and breakfast in Edinburgh is perfectly situated in the very heart of the city centre, providing a magnificent yet unique spacious central home to explore Edinburgh, separated from Edinburgh Castle only by the Gardens! The Edinburgh B&B accommodation is an original Georgian townhouse situated on the second and third floors, that dates from circa 1820, and many of the original features have been carefully retained. This is an elegant and extremely spacious guest house, typified in a welcoming open hall with feature bow wall and staircase to upper floor. ... more   less 
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