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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Edinburgh
Good for familes and great leisure facilities (food extortionate!)
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Costorphine with our seven month old baby daughter, we took a taxi there which was a rip off, the hotel website failed to mention that the airlink bus stopped right outside and that would have saved us 13 GBP!
Check in was swift and the room was nice and airy, the bathroom although clean was a little fusty. There was good tea and coffee making facilities but we were disappointed that there was no minibar as advertised, we needed this for storing the babies milk. Staff were very obliging and allowed us to use the kitchen fridge.
The pool was nice and the sauna/jacuzzi was very clean and the staff were very friendly.
Our flight was leaving late afternoon and we were taking morning trip to the zoo which is incidentally next door. We asked the lady at the desk for a half hour extension on checking out and she gave us the room for another two hours at no extra cost.
All in all not bad for 80GBP a night( we booked on the website using the 14 day advance booking which is nonrefundable. Watch out for the breakfast its another 14 pounds extra and the restaurant is very dear as well. A great hotel if you have loads of cash to splash on food but if you are on a budget it is a good base with good facilities with an excellent bus service to explore this wonderful city
Bargain winter break
Stayed here on a winter break rate advertised in the Mail on Sunday, it is about 2 miles from the city centre but it wasn't a problem as the buses are cheap and frequent until quite late.
Now to the hotel:-
Reception staff a little confused, I had phoned up to ask for a front facing room as heard from trip advisor reviews that they are the best for views, was told we could have one but when I arrived they had no front facing rooms available.. Nevermind!
Couldn't fault the buffet breakfast, good selection of cold and cooked items. Pool facilities great, staff very helpful.
The bathroom was spotless but the bedroom carpet and soft furnishings had stains on them and were generally a bit grubby, it could do with a refurb,, but overall it was an enjoyable stay..
Dawn chorus from the zoo
Very good functional large hotel with all amenities right next door to the zoo. Room we slept in was overlooking the zoo very clean. We stayed for one night during the Edinburgh Festival... We found it very amusing to be woken up by a dawn chorus of the monkeys waking up. The breakfast were exceptionally large buffet style with the ability of eating as much as you like, we found this excellent for our two teenage children. Parking for the hotel was free and a the local buses runs outside for the City Centre Cost is only 80p adult 60p each way. The swimming pool is relatively small but good for the kids. WE managed to stay at this hotel for £90 for 4 of us breakfast included which we found to be excellent value. This is a big hotel with lots of people milling around. I would stay again even to listen to the monkeys waking up.
We arrived about 8.40pm, there was only one person on the desk who seemed to be answering the phone as well. We waited over 10 minutes to be checked-in (bad start). Our kids wanted to swim so we dropped our bags in our room and took them to the pool (very basic) which was a little on the cool side and the ladies changing rooms could have done with a clean.
Got back to our room which seemed very warm, adjusted the AC unit and got ready for bed - the room had a double bed and a pull-out sofa that turned into 2 singles beds, which was a good arrangement - the kids were asleep in minutes. The AC wasn't cooling us down though, we tried many different settings but eventually gave up and opened the window.
Then followed the most uncomfortable night of my life - the room got so hot I even considered sleeping out in the corridor! Then the monkey noises started up (did I mention that this hotel is right next door to the Zoo), so that, combined with the sauna-like heat I felt like I was sleeping in a jungle! Needless to say the kids slept through it all.
We complained in the morning when checking out - the manager said we should have complained at the time and he would have moved us, but I was reluctant to move two sleeping kids plus luggage in the middle of the night. Next time we'll stay at the Marriott a mile along the road - much better!
We stayed for two nights on Priority Club points. We had no complaints. Staff were friendly and efficient even though both check-in and -out were busy. Staff in the restaurant were also friendly.
The room was large, clean and had a great view. Parking was free and plentiful.
There was a coupon for breakfast at 8 pounds which was very reasonable (in pounds if not Canadian dollars) for the buffet. We ate in the restaurant one night which was OK but reasonable for two courses. We were tired the second night and ordered room service which was far superior and a more varied menu.
I suppose these things are a matter of perspective, but the drive downtown and back was quick and easy. Yes, it is better to stay here if you are driving, but we found it an excellent location.
As others have noted, the bar was very busy, loud and smoky but at least people were comfortable and having a good time.
I would recommend this hotel to others visiting Edinburgh.
stayed at this hotel for one night in march. room was clean, bright and modern and staff were very friendly and helpful. plenty of parking, easy to get a bus or taxi just outside hotel. would recommend this hotel
We booked a family room for three nights stay. The room was very bare. The Carpet was very dirty with loads of stains, The only chair in the room was full of crumbs (cookies i think) and one of the pillows on the bed was stained. I complained at reception and got no where. In the end my husband and i ended up doing an upgrade which cost another £25.00 a night and we had to share our double bed with our son. So our 3 night stay ending up costing us another £75.00 to have a clean room. We did room service on our first night of stay and ended up going out to McDonalds in the end. Our son had a burger from room service which was solid - Microwaved to long. We got a replacement but it was also solid. Would not recommend this Hotel to my worst enemy. The Marriot just done the road from it is Far Far better. Also Travel lodge is very good price and cleaner.
Stayed here on our last night in Scotland. Relatively close to the airport. Its a bit out of the city centre, so I wouldn't recommend as a base for touring the city, but it is very close to the Zoo. Nice clean accommodations. I'd stay here again.
Bland and safe
You will not find this on any web site as about two years ago it changed its name to Holiday Inn Edinburgh. Not to be confused with the Holiday Inn North on the North Queensferry Road which is featured elsewhere.
It is in a nice suburban location next to Edinburgh Zoo, which is very popular with families. It is within 10 mins walking distance of Costorphine 'village' which has several pubs (which serve food) and on several bus lines - you won't have to wait many minutes or even seconds until the next one comes into view. As all-day bus travel is only about £2, and its only a 15 minute ride to the city centre, its a viable option for tourists who don't want to be slap bang in the middle of Edinburgh, which is always lively. However if you are looking for party action maybe you will feel this hotel it a bit quiet.
The hotel is also only about 15 minutes cab or bus ride to the airport, although this can be greatly extended at the rush hour. The hotel is set back well from the road so this is not intrusive.
The hotel caters for tourist bus groups and there is loads of free parking, this can be a bonus if you want to visit the excellent Zoo, as their own car park can fill up.
Rooms are average size. You can pay extra for an Executive room with a few frills.
It has always been clean and well presented.
The hotel is popular with families, however as a family group we have always been consigned to the back of the hotel, which overlooks the car park not the glorious Pentland hills at the front, and put in a dim area near the staff office for breakfast, whilst couples are seated by the panoramic window with the same Pentland Hill vista.
There is a swimming pool but it is average size and can be popular.
Our breakfasts were comprehensive but staff struggle to re-fill the self-service dishes when its busy and there was a feeling of imminent breakfast-rage breaking out. One of the waiters was entertainingly throwing equipment about and using Scottish slang that most people would, thankfully, not understand.
We have not dined in the 'Sampans' restaurant, we were not on an expense account. The bar is fairly small and characterless, but they gave us free milk for our son.
We have had lunch in the bar area but it was poor value and the second attempt they were so slow serving we gave up.
Checkin and Checkout can be slow, but is polite and efficient.
Altogether a safe experience, they do very attractive rates at quiet times.
Exec room is a rip off...bring your own slippers and buy a bar of chocolate!
Really fell for the rip off exec room rate online. It consists of a standard room with a sachet of hot chocolate, a bathrobe and some slippers!! Never enough staff at the check in desk to deal with the numbers of people coming in or leaving. I'm still waiting for my bill in the post and I did express check out about a week ago ...excruciating bar prices..OK now the good part...a beautifully firm, ample, comfortable bed, soft white duvet, fabulous views and plenty of parking close to the hotel. I know this sounds pretty lame..but it made me happy ...