We stayed in this guest house at the end of November beginning of December 2012. We booked the twin room which was on the ground floor. We had not had a very good journey as half an hour out of Kings Cross someone jumped in front of the train. We should have arrived in Edinburgh at 2:15 but arrived at 6:15. It was pouring down with rain and we waited nearly 3/4 of an hour for a cab. I had made 2 phone calls to the guest house regarding the delay and our progress, nobody bothered to answer the phone. When we eventually arrived, we had to call out a number of times and keep ringing the bell. We could see Maureen sitting there with her cup of tea but she ignored us. John eventually appeared and started moaning about his wife wanting to go out and I pointed out that I had phoned twice and nobody answered the phone. Actually, we were quite worried and not sure anyone would be there to check us in.
The room was quite nice but freezing cold and the bathroom was really poky but was a lot warmer. One of the lamps didn't work so I went out to see if I could get a lightbulb, I was ignored. After much moving of lamps and exchanging of light bulbs we discovered that the socket didn't work! I found another one behind my bed that did work and we used that. They weren't very good at replenishing the tea and coffee either. The biscuits you had no hope of being replaced.
The room was freezing cold at all times, so much so that when we were there we sat in bed with jumpers and scarfs on. The breakfast was ok but not a lot of it.
On the Monday when we were due to leave John asked us if we had been warm enough and I told him the room was freezing and that the radiator didn't appear to be working properly. He went away and came back with what looked like a football rattle and was waving that around. He maintained that this told him the temperature of the room. He did this a couple of times and told us that the temperature had gone down. I think it was 17 degrees C in the room. I don't think it was helped by secondary glazing.
It had been snowing as well but they didn't grit the steps or the driveway which was on a slope.
I would not receommend this place, don't waste your money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- John and Maureen Sandilands extend a warm welcome to you at Sandilands House, a distinctive and charming bungalow of great character built in 1930 to high specifications. Enjoy our excellent and recognised Scottish friendly B and B service in our quality, traditional and comfortable Guest House. Our central location with free off street car parking is an ideal base for our visitors to explore the city attractions effortlessly. We are just one mile from the city West End, on a direct excellent bus service or 15 mins walk to City Centre. Also close by are Royal Botanical Gardens, Murrayfield Rugby Stadium, Art galleries etc. Edinburgh Airport is just a 20 minute tram or taxi ride away. ... more less
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- Sandilands Guest House Edinburgh, Scotland