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Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott Edinburgh
This was everything I expected
This was everything I expected from a Marriott Hotel, as I have stayed in them before. Check in was quick and painless. The room was spotlessly clean with air conditioning and a king sized double bed, decent size TV, tea/coffee making facilities and the usual bathroom cosmetics.
I didn't eat dinner in the hotel but breakfast was brilliant with plenty of choice to suit all tastes and excellent service from the staff. The gym, pool, sauna and steam room were all clean and modern.
No complaints at all and I will always seek out a Marriott Hotel as priority as I have stayed in them in various countrys and found them to be consistent in terms of quality and service.
This hotel was great. The room was a little small but I wasnt in there that much so it didnt really matter. The really great thing was that the bus stopped right up the the driveway from the hotel. The bus came every 10 minutes so it was easy to get into the city and it wasnt expensive either. The hotel staff was wonderful. I would definitely stay here again.
Good for business travel
The hotel is well situated and even though the main Edinburgh-London trainline runs past the hotel ut didn't affect my stay.
The room are well appointed even if a tad small. I had an executive room where the only real diffeence was a desk in the corner of the room, as usual with these types of hotel the lighting could always be improved.
I cannot comment on the resturant as I only had a bar snack, which was pleasant but nothing out of this world.
It's a business mans hotels but would do for families having a short trip to the City
Generally good but far from perfect
A modern hotel on the outskirts of the city with a lot of very good but also less good points.
Good points are:
- very convenient for the airport (less than 10 minutes away) and the city centre can be reached very easily by the frequent (every 10 minutes, 7 days a week) airport bus from right outside the hotel for just £1
- the soundproofing to the rooms is very good
- the breakfast and evening meal were impressive, in a spacious dining room with numerous staff, a good choice, and a fresh hot and cold buffet at breakfast with a chef frying eggs
- the leisure pool was excellent, very relaxing, with sauna, steam room and jacuzzi at no extra charge
- check-in and check-out times are good: 2pm and 12 noon respectively
Where it falls down is:
- the rooms are not well thought out: there are no shelves in the wardrobe and no room safe (particularly vital for a hotel by the airport!)
- don't bother paying extra for an executive room: the main things you get for your money are a desk in your room (wow!) and some soft drinks in a lounge
- the shower was a real puzzle to work out and needed some instructions
- where the hotel really fell down for us was in charging extra for weekend newspapers (despite their website saying they were complimentary) and then the receptionist spending 5 minutes arguing with me about it, before - with a very bad grace - removing the £2.40 from our bill of well over £300. It was the principle of the thing, not the amount, and I couldn't believe they could be so penny-pinching and so unconcerned about leaving their guests happy
There are probably better hotels in Edinburgh than this.
My wife and i stayed here over the August Bank Holiday weekend 2004. The hotel is clean and modern and the room we were allocated was at the rear of the hotel overlooking a grassed area. The room itself was a good size and everything was clean and tidy. The staff were very helpful and approachable nothing seemed too much trouble for them.The gym and pool area is very nice and although the pool isnt that warm it was fine for me. The gym area is well equipped with all the muscle straining gear you could wish for. The only thing to watch out for in the hotel is the restaurant.We decided not to take dinner in the hotel after checking the prices (expensive) and ate out in Edinburgh for a lot less.Breakfast however is excellent in the hotel and i can heartily recommend it. Car parking is easy and plentiful and to save yourself a lot of bother get the bus into the city. It goes from outside the hotel on the main road about every 10 mins and only costs £1 it takes you bang into the centre of the city and is a lot less hassle than taking your car or paying large taxi fares.
We've stayed here 3 times now and we've always been happy with our stay. The rooms are spacious, and well appointed. The bar and restaurant offer a wide variety - the bar always seems busy on the weekends we've stayed there. There is a gym, pool & steam room, although the pool is not as warm as I would like, there is a hot tub you can jump into to get warmed up! The staff are pleasant and helpful - they quickly provided a folding bed for our child to sleep on which I'd forgotten to request when booking. Breakfast is an all-you-can-eat (hot & cold) buffet which kept us going all day!
If you are visiting by car there is plenty of parking - leave your car there and take the bus from right outside the hotel into the city centre (you'll never find a parking space in the city, and the one-way systems will get you lost anyway) it takes around 15 mins, and if you sit on the top deck you'll get a great view of the city and castle as you approach it. The bus route also passes the Zoo, on its way to Princes Street.
If you want to be in the centre of things the Marriott is not for you, but if you don't mind using the bus (and my son loved the novelty of it) then go for it!
Stayed here for 3 nights from 7th - 9th October 2004. Hotels located 5mins from the Airport. 15mins to the city centre by Bus.
We found the hotel good. The rooms were reasonable size and had been recently been refurbished. It has a gym and swimming pool though I didn't have time to try it.
Hotel also provided complimentary drop off to the airport.
I would recommend.
Great place to stay if you don't like to eat
We stayed at this hotel on October 4, 2004, our last night in Scotland.
Our room was fine and the staff was pleasant enough.
Our mistake was choosing to eat an $80 dinner in their main dining room. Service took forever, my soup was cold and my dinner salad was served without dressing. It almost took an act of Congress to get our check.
The next morning we received only one croissant with our Continental breakfast for two. We called to complain, but nothing happened. I said something at the desk while we were checking out, but no one cared. Well, I cared...
Okay if your desperate
The Hotel was about average for a 4 star, my room had a lovely view of the aircon unit from the Leisure centre so you can imagine the noise. The staff were help full but i think i would have prefered an adult instead of a child to serve me my £15.00 per head evening meal, which was not that special so on other nights i chose to eat out , by the way i think most of the other guests did as well.
On the plus side Breakfast was excellent.
Very Nice Hotel
A very nice, reasonably priced hotel in Edinburgh. The facilities were well-maintained and the rooms were very clean. We would recommend this hotel to others.