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... saw the Front of the Castle.
Then we headed back down Castle Hill to George IV Bridge Street. Before we got there we saw a side street that looked interesting and headed south down it. It came to an end at an elevated walkway along a sunken street which took us over the George IV Bridge Street. We headed south and found Greyfriar's Bobby, a statue of a terrier named Bobby who for 14 years guarded the grave of his master, John ...
... shortly after. They had turned the heat on in the room for us so it was very warm. The washing will be easily dry by morning.
We have acclimatised very quickly and no sign of jet lag today. Finished the last of the antibiotics today and so don't have to worry about meal times so much anymore. Tomorrow have to move faster to fit in many things. Have the castle, the royal yacht and an art gallery, plus plus plus
... came in first received a free bottle of some Australian rum. But it was okay because we won Australian hats, an inflatable kangaroo and two rounds of shots.
Overall this trip was a lot of fun, definitely a good first trip to go on because it was so close and it was an English speaking country which helped us get used to the whole traveling on a budget idea. I can't wait for more trips this upcoming semester and especially for my 3 week off period in April!
We capped off the evening with a nice, but relatively expensive dinner at a nearby Tibetan/Indian restaurant. This was our first, and probably not last, taste of how much more expensive things are here in Scotland. We were relaxing in our room by 10 o'clock, with daylight still in full effect, although dampening by the overcast skies. We're looking forward to a busy day touring the city tomorrow!
... it was the shock of our hotel experience which led us astray? The lovely lass who checked us in told us we'd been upgraded which we are always happy to accept! She told us not to be freaked out when we went in there and that all of the rooms were ours exclusively. We kind of shrugged it off not really knowing what she meant. Thankfully there was a hotel worker to carry up our bags to the third floor... all 71 stairs to the top and he did so carrying both 16 ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Ballantrae Hotel Edinburgh
York Place was teeming with construction that appeared to have been going on for quite some time. The hotel had plenty of opportunity to inform guests, but I was certainly not informed. It was very noisy during the day and difficult to get in and around the hotel.
Staff was courteous, but there was a restaurant menu in my room and when I called for a sandwich, they seemed confused as to whether they could actually get me one. Turned out, the restaurant was closed (seemingly for some time) and the place where the could get a take away order would not do just one sandwich.
The Wifi connection was terrible! The shower in the shared shower room fell apart on my head!
I cannot recommend this hotel to anyone.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.