The Eyre Guest House is in a lovely part of the city surrounded by beautiful Georgian buildings, boutique shops and cafes and it's just a short walk (about 10mins) to Prince's Street. All the staff were very friendly and welcoming and we initially had high hopes of finding a top quality family run B&B with a personal touch.
However, although the room was ok, for the price we paid we just did not find the standard good enough. We paid £130 a night for four nights (£520) and although this was during the Edinburgh festival when prices are higher, we still expected a much higher standard of accommodation. We have genuinely never stayed in a place which offered so little value for money.
The disappointment came from a number of things as follows:
- The bathroom was as small as it could possibly be - it was a squeeze to make it past the sink into the shower cubicle and when you did the water pressure was very poor.
- Tea/Coffee and biscuits were a welcome provision but the cups were dirty so we had to wash them ourselves. Also, the one practical plug socket wasn't working so we had to boil the kettle on the floor for the entire stay.
- There were no toiletries apart from a small cheap soap and the towels were poor quality.
- The iron was in the communal sitting area, making it really impractical to use.
- Breakfast was served in the "sister" guest house two doors down (http://www.ardenlee.co.uk/). It was pretty good and served by helpful and efficient staff but there was some disappointment that the "vegetarian option" as listed on the menu was a full fried breakfast, just without the bacon and sausage.
Finally, when we paid by credit card on departure, we were informed that a 3% administration fee would be added on - an extra £16. We travel extensively in the UK and elsewhere and have never had this added onto the agreed price! At an extra £16, this took the price per night up to £134. If this was standard practice we would have made funds available to use a debit card.
Although we have stayed in worse accommodation, this is the worst we have come across for the price. By comparison to other places we have stayed, we would not expect to pay over £80 per night for this standard and have stayed in much better places for less than that.
For comparison, we visited Edinburgh during the festival last year and paid £315 for a three night stay at the four star George Hotel on George Street (http://www.edinburghgeorgehotel.co.uk/). This was £19 cheaper than the Eyre Guest House per night and this not only provided us with a much more central location but also the associated luxury of a four star hotel - grandiose surroundings, 24 hour reception, immaculate room, contemporary furnishings, super king size bed, flat screen tv, large bathroom with walk-in shower and luxury toiletries/towels, room service etc. If we visit Edinburgh for the festival next year, we shall be looking for a similar deal back at The George.
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