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Premier Inn Edinburgh Leith Waterfront Hotel
Ranked #38 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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“Good Value in a Wonderful Location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

If you are not a fan of Premier Inns then look away now! However, if, like us, you rely on knowing exactly what you will get with a Premier Inn and this meets your needs, then please read on. For us it was all we were expecting and more. If you are thinking of the Premier Inns designed for Motorway stopovers or on busy main roads then think again. This is the ideal location for a short break in Edinburgh. It overlooks the Firth of Forth and Newhaven harbour and there are glorious views across to Fife and as far as the Forth bridges, and as for sunset.......... No it is not in the heart of the city, but it is very easy to travel into the city from the bus stop outside the hotel. The no.10 bus which goes right through the city centre along Princes Street past Waverley Station is every 10 minutes - currently £1.40 for any adult single journey (or all day Edinburgh bus pass £3.50 - well worth it for travelling a little further) and at the hotel end the terminus is 1 stop further on at Western Harbour. Using this bus avoids all the driving in traffic and parking nightmares and associated costs.

And who would want to be in the city when you have the views we had from our window on the top floor overlooking the water.

Newhaven itself was a tiny fishing village in which there are now modern replica properties of the fishing cottages, and Leith is in easy walking distance for most people. Leith used to be a major commercial port for the city and is still an interesting area to stroll around. However, the town is being redeveloped and modernised with new waterfront properties, and combined with the berth for Britannia in the docks, the Ocean Terminal Cruise Centre and Shopping Centre, and the Scottish Government Administrative buildings, and many restaurants, the whole area is moving more upmarket, while still retaining an interesting character from its past.

The hotel is modern and one of the best Premier Inn properties in which we have stayed. As always the rooms were kept spotlessly clean, and the staff were cheerful. friendly and helpful. There is an attached Brewers Fayre Pub/Restaurant if you wish to buy meals on the premises. Our room was very quiet with no external or internal noise. By booking on a prepaid basis at a quiet time we got incredible value. The only slight negative for us was the check-in (which some might consider a positive.) It is quick and easy and automated if you have a prepaid booking. This helps to avoid queueing for the receptionist, but to me is a little soulless. Doubtless it saves money for Whitbread, but I personally miss the cheerful staff welcome which we usually receive on first arrival. Nevertheless I have no hesitation at all in recommending this hotel for a stay in Edinburgh and for us there would be no other choice if and when we return.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a view of the Firth of Forth on the Top floor
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

We arrived in Leith on January 20th.after a trouble free drive from Derbyshire - no doubt most people were at home due to the dreadful weather forecast! An icy wind blowing off the North Sea greeted us but we were soon warm and comfortable in our room which was up to the usual high standard we have come to expect from Premier Inns! Ideally situated for a 'challenging' walk along the sea front (fifteen minutes before the toes were numb), a very interesting visit to The Royal Yacht Britannia and a wonderful lunch at 'The Kitchin' - both walkable in milder weather! Not more than four hundred meters away on the waterfront was a wonderful wet fish shop (buy to take home) and two restaurants so eating out couldn't be easier or more convenient. Edinburgh itself was equally accessible - the bus stops are directly outside the hotel and I would advise this as parking in the city can be quite difficult and expensive.
Despite the weather we had a thoroughly enjoyable time and look forward to the next trip.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lancashire,UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

We booked two nights to explore the area and were very pleased with our stay. Room was in the more recently constructed wing. The room was well heated, the corridors were decidedly chilly. Beds and bathrooms the usual excellent standard. Our room had a couch/ extra bed, so the previous niggle of poor room seating was resolved. Two minutes car ride was,free parking, Ocean Terminal - shopping and restaurants, cinema etc. More importantly good bus service into Edinburgh. We had a trip booked for the Scottish Parliament at 10.30 and took the 36 bus, journey time about 50 minutes via extraordinary areas of Edinburgh, fantastic architecture. Enjoyed the Parliamnent tour approx one hour. Then crossed the road to Holyrood Palace. This visit was very informative, interseting and recommended. Had late lunch in the Palace eaterie, very pleasant. Afternoon we walked up the Royal Mile to visit the museums and Cathedral. The on to the National Gallery which was forshortened for renovation work. Quite tired we the hopped on a bus back to Ocean Terminal. Note the bus system charges £3.50 for a day ticket and this is very economic to move around the various sights. The next day we explored Royal Yacht Brittania moored at Ocean Terminal. Enjoyed the tour, especially as the history of the ship struck our memories. Had lunch in the eaterie on the top deck. Very popular and excellent service and food for a quick lunch. Blessed with sunny but cold weather. Another visit to Rosslyn Chapel was a highlight of our stay. We shall return I am sure as there is a lot to see and enjoy. Premier Inn Leith is a good base with friendly, helpful staff, clean tidy - very good

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

i was a little dubious about staying in leith . the location from edingburgh is perfect and provided excellent accommodation. what a little gem of a place. an ideal place to stay if visiting edingburgh.

Room Tip: ask for a waterfront view. you will think you are by the seaside
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Whitby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

Recently stayed at the Premier Inn after staying there last year.
The rooms are excellent and value for money they are spotlessly clean.
Breakfast great everything you can want .
Will definitely go back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Stayed here for a 6 nations rugby game at Murrayfield. Perfect that it had free parking and great value for money. A typical Premier Inn hotel. Rooms clean and comfortable. Good view over the waterfront. Cost approx £10 in a taxi up to Princes Street which isn't bad and was handy for driving to the rugby. With what you save on the price, it more than covers the cost of taxis over the weekend. Close to some fantastic restaurants. Only downside was the room was not serviced one of the days so bins were overflowing and no clean towels. Towels were daily provided so not a major issue.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the 2nd floor in the new extension. Much quieter there.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Stayed here for the second time over a rugby international weekend. The prices are increased substantially but it still is good value compared with most other hotels in Edinburgh. There is good parking. The rooms are decent and the beds are big and comfortable. The breakfasts are excellent and good value. Although it is a bus or taxi ride into central Edinburgh, this is not difficult and there are plenty of good bars and restaurants within a short distance. Ocean Terminal is a 20 minute walk away. We would definitely use this hotel again when in Edinburgh

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Premier Inn Edinburgh Leith Waterfront Hotel
Address: 51-53 Newhaven Place, Edinburgh EH6 4TX, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Edinburgh
#25 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#34 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#38 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Premier Inn Edinburgh Leith Waterfront Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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