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... leg of our adventure.
Safe to say I LOVED Edinburgh and got to meet some fantastic people. However, I've come to the realisation that on this trip that I may never see these fantastic people again, and that makes me very sad....Alas, the curse of the backpacker.
Well London is our next destination and final stop in the UK before beginning our busabout journey. Safe to say I'm excited.
Until next ...
... the hotel at 9:15 am. Our first stop for the day was Edinburgh Castle. Having watched "The History of Scotland" before leaving for the trip, I was particularly excited for this stop as it housed the Stone of Scone, also known as the Stone of Destiny. This stone was used in coronation ceremonies, as the incoming monarch would sit on the stone for the moment of pronouncement. After being stolen from the Scottish by the English, the stone sat in King Edward the Confessor's throne ...
... we got to the last step. Thankfully, we were only going downhill from here on out. On our way we encountered a street performer mid show. He had a little boy from the crowd try to throw an apple onto a bed of nails that he (the street performer) was holding. He didn't make it the first time (sad) but he did make it the second time (elation!). Everyone clapped and clapped, and then the street performer dismissed the boy (after giving him a fiver) and then prepared everyone for his ...
... ready, set the sat nav (GPS) and went on our way. We had been pointed out the restaurant on the bus ride, so we knew the general area, so when the sat nav said to stop we did. Stupid thing lead us three or more blocks away. It was raining, and as Canadian as we are decided that we were too good for an umbrella. We asked a shop man where the restaurnat was ans he directed us one way, but once we had travelled so far, I asked someone else and he said it was ...
... to correctly set their clocks and watches.
As tourists gathered near the big gun, an officer walked out of a building at 12:55 and loaded a blank shell. He went back inside for a minute or two, then re-emerged to stand at the gun, keeping his eye on his watch. Just seconds after my own watch beeped 1 p.m., the loud bang signaled it officially.
After the gun went off, I had my photo taken with the officer and then went down into the exhibit that ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Frederick House Hotel Edinburgh
Great Value, Great Location
Myself and my 3 friends (all Lawyers) stayed in Fredrick House in October 2004 for the weekend. We all agreed that the hotel was exellent value, the rooms were spacious, the beds comfortable and the staff were friendly and helpful. The Hotel has a great arrangement for breakfast with a really superb restaurant across the road. All in all We would all reccomend this hotel.
The Worst Ever!
Oct. 2004. Arrived by train and stopped at the tourist board to book a room. Requested a clean room in a not too expensive hotel. Arrived at the hotel and requested a non-smoking room. The room was not ready, and by the time we came back that evening, it was late. We were assigned a room on the 4th floor which was smoky, filthy, and there were holes in the sheets and curtains. I was disgusted with the room and would never stay there again or reccomend it to anyone. It almost ruined the trip to Edinburgh!
Wonderful Convenient Location, Nice Staff, Average Room
Stayed 2 nights and enjoyed our visit. The rooms are very standard for European hotels, even a bit nicer than other 3 stars we stayed in while in UK. The shower could have been better, but pressure was good. The location was perfect distance to the sites and pubs. Great shopping nearby as well. Breakfast included was tasty and filling.
Once was enough
We had booked two rooms for a one night stay in August 2004. The location is great for shopping, sightseeing, etc. First impressions of the reception and corridors were good and I hoped that the poor reviews I had read were wrong. The rooms were quite large and could have great potential. Sadly a closer look caused great disapointment. The dust was thick; there were tea/coffee stains on the woodwork and walls; the bedspreads and towels were stained; the bathrooms were grotty and used coffee/sugar sachets remained in the container. We all decided against having a shower and wouldn't use any of the tea/coffee making facilities. We were glad we were only spending one night there and moving on elsewhere and would definitely not stay there again.
Arrived in Edinburgh June 27th 2004 around 18.00 - checked in at Fredrick House Hotel for three nights - room prebooked/prepaid by an agency - room 409 I think it was - ouch! - the worst hotel room I have ever come upon - DIRTY YACKY FILTHY - took our suitcases and checked out immediately.
Convenient in many ways
I needed one night in Edinburgh before catching a flight the next morning, and Frederick House proved to be a good choice. Despite pouring rain, it was not a far walk from Waverley Station, and I was so glad to see the hotel had a lift! Next morning, it was even closer to the airport bus stop.
Its downtown location allowed for some quick sightseeing and easy access to good restaurants. My room (double) was clean and more spacious than I expected, came with an iron and ironing board, and the water pressure of the shower was great. The breakfast provided at a cafe across the street could have been served more promptly, but was quite good.
I would consider this hotel for a longer stay in Edinburgh.
Worst nights sleep I've ever had!
Last week we stayed at the Frederick Hotel in Edingurgh and while the location of the hotel was wonderful, the room was horrible. The bed was the most uncomfortable bed I've ever slept in with springs digging into my back the entire night. I would have slept on the floor if I thought it was clean enough. The first towel I used was stained, the room was noisy and the lights didn't work when we first got there. I've traveled all over the world and for what we paid for this room I would have prefered anywhere else.
Additionally, breakfast isn't until 730 which we had to miss to catch our plane so we didn't even get a good meal out of it.
I would not recommend this hotel nor ever stay here again.
It Felt Like Home
My daughters and I made our first trip to Scotland in 2001. After a very disappointing hotel experience in London we were apprehensive about the Frederick House. From moment one, however, we loved it!! We stayed in the Skyline Room (a two-level room often used in its advertisements.) The room was spacious, clean and offered an over the rooftops view of the Firth of Forth! The staff was friendly and helpful, and the location of the hotel was ideal (not in the middle of the bustle of Princes Street, but not far from that focal point.) The only (minor) letdown was the caliber of full breakfast offered with the room (at a restaurant across the street from the hotel.) I would happily stay at the Skyline Room, Frederick House again.
Stayed here about a year ago and forgot to post a review. The hotel is well located and looks nice from the outside. Entrance hall and lobby are well worn.Staff pleasant. Found room and left quickly to explore the city. Returned to the room in the evening. Uh oh. Room itself was smelly. Carpet needed cleaning but the worst thing was the bed clothes.
Wonderful, Quiet and Charming
This was my first trip to Scotland, and I was traveling alone and I booked this hotel online, and was a little apprehensive until I got there. The rooms are quaint and clean. Not overly large or modern, but very comfy. There was a fridge, hair dryer, and coffee pot. The hotel desk clerk was absolutely charming. He was always eager to provide assistance. The walk to Princes street is only about 3-4 minutes - a nice stroll really. The lift/elevator was small compared to US standards but adequate. Numerous restaurants close-by, even a mini-market. I would highly recommend this hotel.