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“My home base for Edinburgh!!”
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Pillars House
Ranked #96 of 392 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
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“My home base for Edinburgh!!”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

I've stayed here three times now and have had lovely experiences each time. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and I appreciate having the ability to make tea or coffee available in the room. The kitchen/breakfast room is very light and bright and Edna makes it feel more like having breakfast at a friends house than at a guest house.

There are several buses close by that go directly to the center which makes getting into town if walking there doesn't appeal. It's also within an easy walk to Ocean Terminal and the Royal Britannia.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

We stayed at Pillars House for 3nights while we looked around Edinburgh. Local bus stops were within easy walking distance, and one day we walked to the Royal Mile then back.

Edna is a wonderful friendly hostess, and she cooked great breakfasts. The room was large, warm, clean and comfortable. We felt very welcome and enjoyed our stay. We would definitely stay at Pillars Hous agin should we get the opportunity.

Edna has a great local knowledge and provided some great suggestions for meals, travel and sightseeing.

THANKS EDNA


Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Location is really bad to get into Edinburgh if that's your main choice of destination - buses or taxi. 40 minute walk into city centre.

We booked for Edinburgh Tattoo and this place spoiled our weekend. Room we were put in was "up a few steps" so we were told. It was actually 163 steps up very steep flights!

On the same floor were workmen leaving cables dangling loose and more dangerous items guests could trip over!

The bedroom had such a low ceiling we had to sleep at the wrong end of the bed!

Breakfast is uncomfortable there is only one table for about 8-10 guests so you sit with strangers and forced to book a time. Both days we were delayed as previous guests were late eating food!

Breakfast was good at least, cooked fresh whilst you are sat in the kitchen. Edna forced a guest to try haggis although he clearly stated he did not want any but she went on and on and on... Doesn't she realise guests are paying to eat what they like and are on holiday?

Bed was uncomfortable so we didn't get a good night's sleep.

Please don't book a room here, save up and get one in Edinburgh city centre - it's a fantastic city!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Edna M, Owner at Pillars House, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
I don't often respond to reviews however I have to rectify the inaccuracy's of the above review.
First of all there is NOT 163 steps to the top floor and if anyone can find more than 70 steps from the street level they can stay free of charge.
This is an old Victorian building with 16ft high ceilings and as you can see in my web site the first set of stairs are far from steep.
Secondly I would not expect any Bed and Breakfast or Guest House in Edinburgh to undertake any work or refurbishments during the Festival and Tattoo period and we are no different. We had no work being carried out in in our establishment at that time.
Constructive criticism for any business is more than welcome and we take that on board.
We apologize if our Dinning arrangements and beds where not to this Guests liking, however we do understand that we all have different preferences.
Regarding the location we are in Edinburgh and would advise anyone to read other reviews or Google map us.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

This B&B was lovely. The rooms are warm and clean, the staff are pleasant and full of tips on things to see and do around the city and the food is great. We enjoyed a comfortable stay over Hogmanay and would definitely go again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Bergen, Norway
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6 reviews
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

This must be the fourth time I stay at Pillars House. With it's friendly staff, excellent Scottish breakfast, spacious en-suite rooms and closeness to high frequency bus service, it's the perfect place for a stay in Edinburgh

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

this is in a good location not far from all the attractions. the hotel is lovely and clean. the breakfast was varied and good, you can have continental, full English or full Scottish, i can recommend the Scottish breakfast, i had never tried haggis but can recommend it. the couple who own pillars Edna and Forbes are very helpful and will give you lots of advise on places to see and how to get to them, nothing was too much trouble for them. we felt very welcomed here. thank you both for a lovely stay. when we visit Edinburgh again will definitely be staying at this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Another B&B let me down at the last minute, Pillar's turned out to be virtually the only room in town and I couldn't have had better luck! My room had been recently refurbished with a hotel quality bathroom and very comfortable bed.

I received a very warm welcome from Edna on arrival and an amazing full scottish breakfast in the morning. Looking forward to staying at Pillars the next time I'm in Edinburgh.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pillars House
Address: 125 Constitution St. | Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH6 7AE, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
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Ranked #96 of 392 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pillars House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pillars house was originally built and owned by Crawford which were offices and a spirit store in the late 18th century. Most of the building still has a lot of its character left as you can see as you walk in through the main entrance. The courtyard where our free parking is situated was traditionally used as the delivery entrance where the horse and carts brought the whiskey from the highlands to be blended. ... more   less 
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