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Grassmarket Hotel
Ranked #51 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 19, 2013

The Grassmarket in Auld Reekie is brilliantly located in the shadow of the Castle. We stayed on the 4th floor and found the staff to be very welcoming and friendly, the room we stayed in was a bit small but fitted with all mod cons. The bed was huge and very comfy - loved the tropical shower. Had read some reviews about 'breakfast being in the pub next door' - i suppose it was but you didn't actually have to go outside of the hotel to get to it - and again the food was good. A big shout out to the reception staff, they were excellent. We will be back.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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VenueGeneralManager, General Manager at Grassmarket Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2013

Hi TravellingPanda_13,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review regarding your recent stay with us.

I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your room and the facilities we have on offer; Edinburgh is a fantastic city and we know we are lucky to be right at the heart of it!

Hope to see you again soon :-)

Rachel and The Grassmarket Team

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

I remember thinking based on online pictures that Grassmarket seemed a bit confined and dingy. I couldn't have been any more wrong. The room itself is beautiful and fun- it has character, is well maintained and the facilities are great. Cleaners come every day to fill up your jar of Scottish teacakes, teabags and quality (albeit instant coffee). They also chalk up a new Sudoku puzzle on your blackboard if you're into that sort of thing. We were hugely impressed with the surround sound system. There is an ipod dock in the wall which connects through speakers in the ceiling of the main bedroom and bathroom, each with separate volume controls.
The only real service drawback was that the wifi didn't actually reach as far as our room so we had to constantly go out into the corridor to access it. Also, we were only given one key between three, which made things a bit awkward and meant we had to jar the door in order not to lock each other out.
The location itself is great. Grassmarket is an awesome area with plenty of pubs and an interesting history- the site of many hangings in previous centuries. Would recommend visiting the 'Last Drop' partly for the novelty and partly because the food is pretty good. But one need not go beyond the pub downstairs, especially if you're a student; get their 'student recommended' app and enjoy the cheap meal and drink benefits!

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1  Thank DFelicetti
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VenueGeneralManager, General Manager at Grassmarket Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2013

Hi DFelicetti,

Thanks for the great feedback! Gone are the days of old style Grassmarket & in with our new quirky abode. I will make sure all team members get the chance to read your comments, again thank you.

Next time you’re coming back to Edinburgh please let us know direct, we will make sure there are plenty of keys cut for your group. Have a great week…

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Reviewed February 9, 2013

The deco in this hotel is fantastic and the staff are very friendly and helpful. However it is noisy as our room was above the bar and despite the double glazing everything that was going on outside could be heard. Alos do not have breakfast here as it si totally disorganised and not very nice.

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GMKT1, General Manager at Grassmarket Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2013

Hi napsBath,

Glad to hear you like the new look for our hotel and you found our team helpful. With regards to the breakfast, we always try to make this a very tasty experience & sorry you were let down on this occasion. If your ever coming back to stay with us please let us know direct, we will make sure your next experience with breakfast is much better. Have a great week…

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Lovely hotel, spotlessly clean and very welcoming. Rooms a bit camped but bed was huge so cant complain. Some loose fittings in room (handles and loo roll holder), toilet very low down and uncomfy to sit on but overall def a must stay for one or 2 nights in the capital. Decor was amazing.

Room Tip: Some wifi issues on higher floors, but staff are aware and woring on it, excellent free wifi in sitt...
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GMKT1, General Manager at Grassmarket Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2013

Gambit80,

Thanks for taking the time to write this kind review and for pointing out what we need to tweak. Our décor in The Grassmarket Hotel really is different to anything in the city & glad you like our individuality.

I will certainly speak to our maintenance manager at our weekly hotel meeting on Thursday regarding the points you raised, thanks for bringing this to my attention. Have a good week…

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

had a very nice stay at the hotel, not to forget the excellent breakfast in the Irish Pub next door- most rooms are very nice,some are very small- excellent beds-very kindly service. Fresh and modern "making up"-

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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GMKT1, General Manager at Grassmarket Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2013

Hi Carin S,

Always great to hear you had a tasty breakfast with us during your stay, I will make sure Chef has a read of your comments. Please come back & visit us again soon, take care,

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Stayed here recently an couldn't fault anything. It is a boutique hotel with lots of cool features:

iPod dock for in roof speakers
Magnetic wall map of Edinburgh
Dandy magazine wal paper

We stayed on the 5th floor (lift only goes to 4th floor) was good exercise :-), great views and location.

Would definitely stay here again

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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GMKT1, General Manager at Grassmarket Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2013

Hi Richard P,

Great to hear you had a great stay with us. Always a pleasure to read such good comments, I will make sure the team have a read of your review at our next hotel meeting. Thanks again & come back soon…

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

I stayed in The Grassmarket Hotel from 25th to 27th january 2013, the rooms were very comfortable with fantastic design ideas. Staff very friendly and attentive and the location could not be better. I will definately be back.

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GMKT1, General Manager at Grassmarket Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2013

Hi Robert M,

Great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, thanks for taking the time to let us know about your stay. We look forward to seeing you again soon, take care…

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Additional Information about Grassmarket Hotel

Address: 94-96 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JR, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Price Range: $83 - $313 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grassmarket Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grassmarket Hotel is the perfect choice for work and play, and is centrally located moments from the best attractions Edinburgh has to offer including Edinburgh Castle and the historic Royal Mile. If you like to unwind after a hard day in quirky stylish surroundings, you won’t be disappointed. Our designs bring a distinctive and fresh flavour to the Edinburgh hotel market whilst incorporating traditional Scottish twists, with a few surprises along the way! The hotel hasguestrooms, ranging from cosy (single room), comfy (standard twin/double) and comfy plus (triple or 4 singles) all complete with rainfall style showers. Can’t cope without your iPod? Pop it in our dock & kick back in sound proofed rooms. Each bedroom has a large flat screen plasma TV. Oh and if that wasn’t enough to keep you occupied, we also have free Wi-Fi. New to the city? All rooms have wall sized magnetic map that will point you in the right direction and air conditioning as standard. ... more   less 
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