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“Exceptionally small rooms, would not stay here again”

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Edinburgh Thistle Guest House
Ranked #347 of 393 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 10, 2009

This is the 1st negative review I have given on Trip Advisor as you can see if you select my profile I always give positive feedback.

The room we had was that small that I would guesstimate it was no more than 9 feet square with a double bed squeezed in there.
The ensuite bathroom/toilet was under the stairs and reminded me of my mother and fathers caravan bathroom as it was that small and Im only 5'8" and it there was no room to turn when trying to shower, the sink was the smallest sink Ive ever seen.
There was absolutely no cupboard or drawers etc too put your clothes away or hang them up apart from a metal bar screwed to the wall at the end of the bed, which meant either leaning them in the bags or put them on the floor which meant trying not to walk over them when squeezing past the size of the bed.
We had room 1 which is on the ground floor next to the kitchen so you get woke up early every morning by the staff getting breakfast ready.
No full breakfast just a continental breakfast UNLESS you pre book your breakfast, but honestly who prebooks a breakfast.

Exceptionally nice staff, audrey who own the place was ever so helpful and friendly.

It was ok for a couple of nights whilst visiting for The Edinburgh Military Tattoo which by the way is an absolute must do, but any longer and you would struggle to put up with the lack of space. The owner told me that she and her husband owned the guest house next door which I would of thought would of made sense to knock them into one and extend the tiny rooms out a bit more.
The area around here is an up and coming area as you can clearly see the local council are pumping millions into regenerating the tourist area here along with the Queens Royal Yacht Britannia now permanently birthed not too far away at Ocean Terminal.

For us the rooms were simply way too small even for someone who is only 5' 8" tall himself.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 18, 2008

Edinburgh: Edinburgh Thistle Guest House:"Terrible"
Date: 18 Aug.,2008
Reviewer: A TripAdvisor member, Xiamen, China

My family spent 3 weeks vocation in UK this summer and have just returned from UK. All of our meeting people and accormodation in Uk were impressed us well except our experience in Edinburgh Thistle Guest House.

We stayed in Edinburgh Thistle Guest House during Aug.9-11.In the first day, When we entered into our room, there was no towel, tissue paper, hanger and hairdrier etc.which might be the necessaries in a hotel but several big spots on the carpet. However, there was a worse thing happened at the first night: water leakage from ceiling started at midnight, which made us unsleeping at that night. In the second day, no room clean. In the third day, there was no hot water in bathroom in the morning. At the third night(Aug. 11), when we came back to our room, there was still no hot water in bathroom and TV did not work! Since we moved in Edinburgh Thistle Guest House, we experienced unpleasantly but we always forgave the staff who always explained he was too busy to make everything in order. So far, we could not bear it again and tried to ask for the staff to improve it, but the staff had nothing to do with it. Then we required to talk to the owner with expectation to solve the problem, since we had scheduled to stayed there another night. At last, the owner came into our room, no apology but asked:"where are you from", "China" I implied. The owner said, I have been even to Thailand, there were garbage all over the place, I accommodated you the new sheet and mattress, why were you not satisfactory to this? you might make choice to stay here or go. It was a really personal insult and It was already 9:00 at night. We would stay there by no means, however, where to find another hotel after 9:00 during August in Edinburgh. Even so, we had to find another hotel for next night. After we made a reservation for a new hotel in an internet cafe, it was already 10:30 when we remembered we had not any food since lunch! In the next morning, when we left the Edinburgh Thistle Guest House, we felt as if we escaped from hell.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 21, 2005

Still spending much time in 'hotels' up and down the country.
Just spent a week at this guest house and it may well be in the famous area of Leith but it is sadley lacking.
The rooms are clean and smell ok for a non smoking establishment but the breakfast which does not start until 9.00am (7.00 ish only by arrangement & if the buses are running on time & not on strike) is a poor substitute for an allegedy continental breakfast(no mention of which continent)No apologys but plenty of excuses!.......
Within walking distance are some fine drinking establishments open until late and Edinburgh centre is no great distance.
Parking may be free but is pot luck whether it is close or not.
Given the choice go up market.
C'est la vie ..................

Bob Anon

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Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: June 2017
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Stayed: September 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: September 2016, traveled as a couple
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Address: 10 E. Hermitage Pl., Edinburgh EH6 8AA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
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Ranked #347 of 393 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range: $49 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Edinburgh Thistle Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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