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We caught a train to Edinburgh what a great train so smooth great trip our first port of call is the tourist information center so we can book our trip to Loch Ness and Inverness. that is done it time to find the motel I had no idea that Edinburgh was so hilly and with all those cobble stone and stairs we were going to have a fairly good workout. …
... though, they barely seem to notice the rain. Me with red hair though? I was sure bothered but after a few hours we just donned a hoodie under our puffer jackets and ventured into the rain.
Claire wanted to walk around and look for places to eat so we ended up finding this great Indian place (albeit by the time we got there we were soaked). Total highlight of this place was the kama ...
... is sited in the grounds and was founded in 1128 at the order of King David I of Scotland. The abbey church was used as a parish church until the 17th century, and has been ruined since the 18th century. It has quite a fascinating history for anyone that might be interested in further research.
In the grand scheme of things, being right is insignificant compared with being happy !!
... one that took me right up to the summit, which was hard work! But the views at the top were amazing! I climbed down a different way and then up another side for another view. I nearly broke both ankles on the way back down. On the way back to the hostel I grabbed dinner from a paella market stall and had an early night.
On the Sunday, I'd booked to do a day trip up to the highlands on a mini bus. I had to be in town at 8am to get on the bus. Our driver was a ...
... themselves a mansion within the shell of the structure, occupying the top two storeys of the five available in the east range of the castle. Even this was attacked, by a mob from Edinburgh in 1688. The house was later repaired. When we walked in the gentleman said he hadn't seen the "sleeping lady". The castle is said to be home to a sleeping lady who will one day awake and show the whereabouts of a fabulous treasure buried deep within its vaults. When this happens, the castle ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrassmarket Hotel Edinburgh
The location is good the motel is a little run down and tired the beds are hard and squeek every time you move
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grassmarket Hotel Edinburgh
I took a trip to Scotland on a whim and booked a room at the cheapest place expedia.ca listed - which just happened to be the Grassmarket Inn.
It's the location and the value that makes the Grassmarket Hotel so good. Yes, It's a Rabbit Warren and the pub downstairs is quite noisy till late. The single room I had was very clean, recently decorated although very small, but then I was not having a party there, just sleeping, it had a TV, tea making and hair dryer. Breakfast ws quite good, included porridge and Haggis (Something a nearby 4 star hotel did not serve)
Great location for the Old Town and Castle. Great value hotel.
Location is definitely the key to this hotel...it's convenient to everything. True, there are numerous pubs nearby which can make the streets noisy (not the management's fault) and the layout of the hotel is like a rabbit warren (talk to 17th century architects), but I found it to be good value for the money, friendly staff, and the perfect location. If you're looking for a place that will treat you with kidd gloves, this is not for you. If you're looking for a place to rest, this works well. Did I mention the location?
Better than expected!!!
After seeing some of the previous reviews for this hotel I must admit I went there fearing the worst. All i can say that i was pleasantly surprised that we found this hotel to be more than adequate. Dont get me wrong this is not the Ritz, but if you want something warm, clean,decent breakfast and in a good location then dont be put off by other reviews.
I think some people who reviewed this were in a different hotel. The lift goes to all floors. The reception is directly there when you walk in the door. The room was compact - not small - what do you expect for that price in the heart of Edinburgh. It was clean, had a wardrobe, hairdryer, coffee/tea making facilities and a lovely clean spacious bathromm. We were directly above Biddy Mulligans but we didnt experience any noise apart from some chit-chat. They have bouncers to move people on (the pub is part of the hotel). Hubby went for breakfast and he had no complaints. Good mix of people in hotel. Welsh Rugby fans who had came to Edinburgh to watch Wales v Scotland - great excuse for a weekend away. (It was played in Wales) The only thing I would semi complain about was the night receptionist. He was sullen and didnt take us on. He should remember we have all had to do -- jobs, to enable us a few years down the line, to be able to afford to stay a night in a hotel.
My fiance and I arrived in Edinburgh at our hotel on the Royal Mile to find out they gave our room away, so they escorted us down the hill to the Grassmarket. We couldn't have been happier. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Unlike other reviews I've seen, our room was very clean with great views of the West Bow, Cowgate, and Grassmarket. The biscuits and in room Teapot was a nice touch.
The location is Excellent to get to everywhere as well. Though, you should probably be in good enough shape for the hike to Princes St. and Calton. Hopefully if there are budding problems here they get straightened out soon as I'll be sure to stay on my next return.
Well situated, friendly hotel
Well situated, friendly hotel with a great breakfast that keeps you going all day. My son and I have stayed here during Edinburgh Festival in both 2004 and 2005. We found the staff really helpful and friendly, our room was clean and well equipped and the cooked breakfast really did keep us going all day - so we only had to stop for a snack at lunchtime and then have dinner. Also - the location is fantastic - two minutes walk and you're on the Royal Mile. It is noisy, but that is only to be expected as it is next door to a bar!!! We'll be staying there again in 2006.
There's only about 2 good things about this hotel...it is in a very central location, great for walking all around the city center. And the hot breakfast was great. The rest of our stay was purely mediocre. The room was extremely small, as was the bed and bathroom. It was fairly clean, just looked old and not well maintained. The pillows were very lumpy, and we brought extra towels just in case. When I read it used to be a tenement house, it makes sense...the reception is about 3 floors and a long walk from most rooms. And the lift only goes up one floor. So overall, not great, but we stayed there for Hogmanay and it suited our needs very well in terms of a central location.
Hated this hotel!...we booked two single rooms for two nights and asked for rooms next to or close to each other. Sure enough they alloted 206 and 207 and when we started searching for the rooms, we realised that we made a mistake booking at this hotel because it was so confusing to even to get to our rooms...in order to reach 206, you have to take the elevator to the first floor and then walk up the stairs to the second floor and then starting going thru a maze of corridors to finally get to our rooms! Interestingly, 206 and 207 are not next to each other -- in fact you have to go thru multiple doors to get from one room to the other. Rooms are small and bathrooms were horrible! Slim and grim - even for a two star hotel this was too much! Staff was not very helpful nor friendly! Breakfast was ok - it was cooked to order. Location was good - close to the Castle and city center.
The worst hotel I've ever stayed in
The walls of our bedroom were grimy- with scuff marks and what looked like blood smears.
Despite there being two of us booked into a double room, we only had one hand towel and one bathsheet provided
Constant noise from the street and other customers in the hotel
Breakfast. What can I say about the complete lack of customer service? I was advised by the receptionist to take breakfast later as the breakfast room would be busy. Despite the fact that this was not particularly convenient to our plans, we concurred. We arrived after 9 o'clock as advised, to find the breakfast room in a chaotic state, with nobody in charge and bewildered guests milling about trying to make sense of the paltry offerings on display.