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Garfield Guest House
Ranked #40 of 392 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
95 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed January 20, 2009

Unfortunately, I have to agree with the recent reviews. Garfield Guest house is in a great location and looks OK, but it is not a pleasant experience staying there. Martin was friendly when I spoke to him on the phone and greeted us when we arrived, but then we never saw him again. We spent 2 nights staying here after Christmas with our 3 teenagers. Their room faced the road and was very noisy. It could do with proper curtains rather than bamboo blinds to block out the street lights. Our room faced the back and was quieter, though the other guests were very noisy and you can hear them using their bathroom. Also, the bedside lights didn't work unless you fiddled with the switch and the TV didn't work at all. We rang Martin to report the TV problem but it was never fixed.
The breakfast is OK, but the girl serving the food was not friendly.
The free internet is a bonus, and the location is good, but we won't be staying here again.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — noisy and no attention to detail
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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leeds
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 15, 2008

After a long car journey up, I was looking forward to getting to our guest house. From the outside we thought we had made a great choice. Martin was very helpful carrying our bags up stairs. Only to be told my shower and toilet were no en-suite but on the landing.......well what can i say but in desperate need of decorating.....my room overall was ok although could do with a new lick of paint and the carpet needed hoovering. The tv didn't work needed tuning. The window had a bamboo blind and let in the light from the landing.......No wardrobes but a strange hanging pole....place not very clean....my breakfast was ok thou.
Im going bak to Edinburgh in December NOT staying here thou.

  • Liked — view
  • Disliked — cleanliness
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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1 Thank raincoats
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Leeds
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 28, 2008

On the surface this appears to be a really great little guesthouse, but scratch the surface and there are problems. My friend's headboard on the bed had been snapped off and just propped back up, leaving it loose. The curtain was torn and hanging off. There was a leak through the extractor fan in the bathroom ceiling. The electricity went off and my friends had no power for the shower. One of the breakfasts was virtually inedible. The standard of cleanliness was poor. The owner appeared to ne very nice, but was not very proactive, and though informed of some of these issues, did nothing to resolve them, and in fact was not interested. The only thing they appeared to be interested in was taking your money. Definitely would not go back.

  • Liked — Poor
  • Disliked — Lack of cleanliness
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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1 Thank rachel285
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Yorkshire
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2008

Where do I start??? The room had just been painted so the fumes gave me headache all weekend!. The room was badly organised, eg. we couldn't use the hairdryer and look in the mirror at the same time and the clothes rail was so close to the bed that my clothes hung over my face whilst I tried to sleep! In the bathroom. The shower had absolutely no power at all - I reported it to the owner but nothing was done. The maid (who only made one bed!) left our window open all night so we returned to the "Antartica Experience"! The breakfast was a combination of undercooked sausages and overcooked bacon! On the final morning, the eletrics had tripped throughout the hotel so we couldn't have a shower and had no lighting. Again, this was reported to the owner - again nothing was done.. However, I must add that Martin (who I assume was the owner)was kind enough to give us a refund for all of our troubles ........ £3 each!!!! LOVED Edinburgh and hope to visit again in the future. When I do, I WILL NOT be staying at the Garfield!!!!

  • Liked — The building itself
  • Disliked — The dirt on top of the door frames
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2008

Recommended by local resident. Good choice. Split stay and bags were waiting on return. Convenient to public transit. Cozy, clean, comfortable accommodations. Martin, (proprietor) always helpful.
Internet worked well. Very good and full breakfast. Appreciated vegetarian option. Modest room rates. Available parking just across street (Ferry Road). Friendly group of guests. Altogether satisfied, but additional TV channel selections for those early in nights would be good.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, Breakfasts, Martin
  • Disliked — Stairs
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Oops77
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belfast
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2008

12/10/08
Just returned from a weekend break in Edinburgh. Garfield guest house was excellent value for money. Breakfast was superb and staff were warm and welcoming. The only downside was the rooms were a touch shabby and shower pressure was poor. It is situated a £7 taxi ride from the centre of Edinburgh or there is a bus stop outside the door. Would use again for another trip away.

  • Liked — Breakfast
  • Disliked — Shower
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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3 Thank BelfastTet
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London
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2008

Our room was very comfortable, clean and up-to-date with a lovely en-suit shower room/toilet – for the price I thought it was fantastic value. The full cooked breakfasts were excellent, in a clean and modern dinning room. The free Internet access was very convenient, and the host and staff very helpful. I would highly recommend this guesthouse, and it would be the first place it would try and book a room if I return to Edinburgh.

  • Liked — Great room, breakfast, service and free internet
  • Disliked — Leaving!
  • Stayed August 2008
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Property: Garfield Guest House
Address: 264 Ferry Rd., Edinburgh EH5 3AN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
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Ranked #40 of 392 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We provide en-suite rooms, free on-street parking, free internet for guests, full traditional or vegetarian cooked breakfast. Tourist bus tours of Edinburgh leave from right outside the guest house. For our mouth watering cooked breakfasts we use high quality bacon and sausages from award winning butchers, Crombies of Edinburgh. Other produce like eggs and mushrooms are sourced locally where possible, so we can provide our guests with a delicious and nourishing start to the day. Vegetarian cooked breakfasts are also available. ... more   less 
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