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“Not very quiet and we didn't feel comfortable”

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Elder York Guest House
Ranked #77 of 392 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, UK
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Not very quiet and we didn't feel comfortable”
Reviewed July 27, 2011

My boyfriend & I satyed at this hotel for one night ahead of a wedding outside the city. I was confident we'd found a nice place as there were so many good reviews. However our room was ok but the bathroom was pretty shabby and built a bit oddly into the room with just a unsteady sliding door. There were also areas of it which obviously hadn't been cleaned properly.

We'd been up very early on the day of arrival so took a nap before going out for dinner. But we were rudely awoken by a screaming mother & child who I soon realised was the mangeress. This was then followed by an angry male voice. We could hear almost every word of the argument as it was being had by the martied owners in their private room next door to us (with theIr door open). Not only was there arguing but also a lot of swearing. We felt uncomfortable about leaving our room and like unwelcome guests in someone's home, not paying guests at a hotel. When we did leave the room, their son was running around the lobby moving fire extinguishers, one of which was still outside our bedroom door when we came home at midnight.

In addition I wasnt't very impressed by breakast either or the very dusty sugar bowls on the table.

We paid £90 for this room, which seems the going rate for Edinburgh B&Bs but I have paid less and had much better rooms and food.

  • Stayed July 2011
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2011

Great location, especially if you come by the airlink bus which drops you off at Waverly Station-- you can easily walk to the Guest House, and then back to the center of town with all its attractions and transport options; Harry and Shirley are warm and welcoming and provide a wonderful breakfast in the spacious dining room; we were welcome to leave our luggage and begin sightseeing until our room was ready. There are stairs to climb, so if you are not very fit, you may want to choose another option. Personally, we were very happy that we chose Elder York Guest House.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 22, 2011

Very friendly welcome both Harry + Shirley made us feel at home.
The location was great near to all attractions and right next to bus station and only 5 min walk from train station.
The room were clean and tidied daily.
The breakfast - couldnt ask for a better start to your day plenty to choose from .

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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London
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Reviewed May 2, 2011

We stayed in this B&B for three nights during royal wedding weekend.

Owners are very nice, would help with anything we needed.

Rooms are clean (apart from loads of dust on the bedside lamp and behind the bedside table) and there is a basic housekeeping every day. This B&B is located in the heart of Edinburgh, just next to the bus station and about 5 mins walk from Edinburgh rail station.

Breakfast - really delicious, few options. Only thing (apart from already mentioned dust) we didn't like were the towels - really bad quality, some of them with holes.

If we went to Edinburgh again, we would probably chose this hotel again...

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 11, 2011

Spent the weekend in Edinburgh. Welcomed by Harry who explained all we needed to know about the guest house, Edinburgh's attractions, transport links etc!! Our room was clean and well serviced. and really good value for money. Smashing breakfast available. Thanks for helping to wards a very enjoyable weekend.

  • Stayed April 2011
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Belgium
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Reviewed March 7, 2011

Harry and Shirley are just amazing!What a wonderful couple and warm welcome we received!
They are pleased to help you and give very good advice.
The location is excellent (10 min from the station, right in the city centre), rooms are nice and clean and breakfast is delicious.
Without a doubt, the perfect place for a citytrip in Edinburgh!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Gotland, Sweden
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

The location is really good, within walking distance to most attractions. The staff was helpful, the room was clean (except for window) and breakfast was nice and hearty with a good selection.

The room I stayed in lacked a bedside table to put my glasses and alarm clock on, and the quality of furniture and sink was not that good (the taps were loose and I discovered a minor leak last evening), but those are minor issues. The window(s) towards the street needs some sealing (or preferably an inner window) to reduce traffic noise and that black dust around the window.

Most of my issues are related to a single room, so hopefully I will be able to get another room next time.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Elder York Guest House
Address: 38 Elder Street, Edinburgh EH1 3DX, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
Hotel Style:
Ranked #77 of 392 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Elder York Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
No smoking, homely guest house on 3rd and 4th floor of a grade A listed building, very central location, clean and comfortable with a highly recommended breakfast to suite all appetites. Small pets welcome on agreement, very helpful staff. We aim to please. ... more   less 
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