Britannia Edinburgh Hotel
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What a surprise - good
I recently had the opportunity to chaperone students who performed in the Easter Parade. I was very concerned about the hotel that was booked for a large group that consisted of junior high-high school students. What a surprise upon our arrival at Menzies. I was pleasantly surprised. Throughout our entire stay the staff was very helpful. And, we did have some unusual requests - kids needed to practice their instruments, we needed plastic bags plus wet towels for those who tended to get motion sick on our bus trips, and we had bagpipers and dancers come in for entertainment. The breakfast buffet, which was included, offered a lot of variety. Our room was a double that adjoined a double. It was well appointed and comfortable. The student I was chaperoning had only one problem - the shower is in the tub, and the glass partition is only a partial one - she "flooded" the floor when she took her first shower. I then showed her how to better point the shower head and no more "floods." I am hoping to return to Edinburgh with my husband in October, and I am thinking of returning to Menzies.
A good choice
We have just returned from a stay at the Menzies Belford and would definately recommend it. We booked direct with the hotel and got a fantastic deal for 2 nights including breakfast and dinner on both nights for a very reasonable rate.
From the outside the hotel itself doesn't look particularly inviting but on enterning you immediately get a sense of a warm, comfortable and well cared for hotel. Check in was quick and the staff very friendly. We had an executive room which was very nicely decorated and very comfortable, although the bathroom was a little on the small side. Decor throughout the hotel is modern, bright and very pleasing.
However, the best thing about the hotel were the staff, especially in the restaurant. Service was always with a smile and a chat and the food we thought was excellent - both breakfast and dinner and for the rate we paid execellent value for money.
The hotel is a little way out of the centre of town so maybe not so good for those who want to sample the nightlife, but for a quiet weekend retreat it is ideal.
I recently stayed at the Bedford hotel in Edinburgh and was pleasantly surprised when i checked in. The room was lovely and had all the amenities required. Breakfast was great, alots to choose from and service was good. The hotel is lovely and the rooms are nice and warm. We had a relaxing and peaceful stay at this hotel.
Excellent Customer Service
I booked this venue with some concern, having never booked over the internet before. We stayed at the venue for a long weeked with our one year old daughter. I was very pleased with my choice. Believe nothing you have heard before about the Scots....
The staff were second to none, nothing was too much trouble.
The room was first class, with a good travel cot provided.
The food was excellent, breakfast not to be missed.
The Six nations bar is well furbised, and friendly, try the 80 shillings local beer.
it is a nice walk from the hotel to the city centre (15 mins or so) and about £15 in a taxi to the city centre.
We would use this hotel again when in Edinburgh, and next time would try to leave Lily with her grandparents so we are able to sample the nightlife of this great city....
Glad to check out
If this is a 4 star hotel i wouldn't wish to stay in a 3 *. This hotel claims to have been newly refurbished, I find this hard to believe as the window was badly cracked, carpet stained, duvet cover stained, wallpaper torn and only tepid water in for the bath to name but a few problems. For the price they asked and what they say they offer on their web site I was very dissappointed. Certainly not value for money. I'll not be back!
we stayed 4 nights and the place was comfortable and the breakfast terrific. The food and drinks at the adjoining pub/bar (?unrelated although recommended by staff) were both expensive and ghastly. the hotel mistakenly allocated our room to someone else who walked in with his bags whilst we were there which was unnerving. the rooms were very hot and staff didn't let us know until the day before we left that we could get them to fully open windows (after signing a disclaimer if we fell out).
The heat is on!
We stayed in the Menzies as a birthday treat. The staff were friendly and the bar and lounge surroundings were very pleasant. The breakfasts were varied and we wold not have any complaints but for the tropical climate of the room. The windows provided little relief and we were awake all night. We got a fan from reception but still the heat was stifling.
Aside from this we would return to the hotel and found the staff a great credit to the hotel!!!
Thanks for a wonderful time
This was a three night city break arranged as a birthday treat and we weren't disappointed. The taxi driver who took us to the hotel from the airport commented on our good choice of hotel so we were happy that we had chosen a fairly decent one. When we arrived we were greeted warmly and check-in was very easy and efficient. Particularly appreciated the phone call from reception after we had been in our room for a little while to check that it was all to our satisfaction. Reception area, lifts, rooms, in fact entire hotel was spotless, very modern and tastefully decorated/furnished. You can tell it has recently been refurbished with no expense spared. We loved the room. We asked for a quiet room and were delighted with it. Lovely big comfortable bed and ample space for two. Agree with previous comments about stuffy rooms but in my experience unless rooms are air-conditioned hotel rooms are always stuffy. Window opened enough to provide some ventilation though.
As for the food - well we were very impressed! Breakfasts are fantastic - so mush choice and very high standard. Also ate in The Granary pub and The Brasserie and all meals were delicious. Bit pricey but then again hotel prices are usually a bit on the high side. Since it was a special treat we weren't worried and the level of service and high quality were well worth the money. All the staff we encountered were very pleasant and helpful and really made us feel at home. We walked into Edinburgh and back each day, 10 minutes to Princes Street. The hotel's location is ideal, just away from the centre of Edinburgh so nice and quiet. It's a lovely building on the riverbank, bet it's gorgeous in the summer. Bus stop right across the road if you don't feel like walking into town. We checked out a couple of alternative hotel choices in the city centre but agreed that we had made the best choice with the Belford. Thanks for a wonderful time! We are looking forward to our next visit.
Fantastic time in a fantastic hotel!
The hotel is situated in a brilliant setting for a quiet stay in Edinburgh. It is around a 10-15minute walk to Princes Street with a few brilliant views along the way.
The reception area of the hotel is beautifully decorated and warm helful staff make it very welcoming. The Rooms themselves are of excellent quality al-be-it the bathroom area is a little on the small side! No problems at all with our 3 night stay apart from the front rooms on the upper floors face out onto a road which can be a little noisey if the window is open. Lovely comfy bed and a very good quality television add to the high quality of the room.
Breakfast is outstanding with a wide varity to suit everyones taste with fresh fruit, yoghurt, a choice of croissants and a large selection of cooked food on offer this breakfast will keep you going all day!
Beer is a little pricey but with the hotel only being a short walk from the city centre, it is no problem to find a cheap pub.
On the whole i would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a sightseeing weekend away or a business trip!
Good hotel but !!
Food excellent but pricey, Drink prices exorbitant, Scottish staff good, room allocation poor (ashtray and smoke smell in a n/s room), rooms too hot (even in January). Reject a room near reception if you want a good nights sleep !!
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