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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wake up to sweeping harbourside views before hopping in a bus or taxi straight into town ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Edinburgh (Leith) Hotel Edinburgh
- Premier Inn Edinburgh Leith Waterfront Hotel Scotland