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Sadly today is the last full day of our vacation. We did the last significant thing on the itinerary: the Holyrood Palace. This is where the Queen takes up residence when she'll in Scotland. This is also where the Queen proclaims knighthood for Scots including Sean Connery and Gordon Ramsey. Though we didn't get to see the floor where the royals …
Now that we got that racing nonsense out of the way, it's time to kick back and do whatever the race held us back from doing (I guess that means mainly drinking more). For some reason I was compelled to start the day off running three miles. It was a slow three miles.
We then took a bus up north to Leith (or the waterfront) where we …
We interrupt this vacation with a little thing called a half marathon. Today is race day! Conditions were perfect for running: cool temperatures, it's not raining, not too sunny, and the race started at 9am (later than most races I've done). I wasn't hungry due to the pizza from last night and I slept well. The start line was less than a ten minute …
Most people take it easy the day before a race. Not us! We decided to hike up Arthur's Seat today. Arthur's Seat is a dormant volcano which is said to perhaps have been the site of mythical Camelot. According to my guidebook, the early inhabitants of Edinburgh lived here because of it was easy to defend. The guidebook continues to say that …
Today was the first full day we had in Edinburgh and we had a packed itinerary. The day started with me taking an early morning walk up and down the Royal Mile. It was refreshing to see the old city serene and not overwhelmed with tourists and souvenir vendors.
After a light breakfast, we started our touristy trek at Edinburgh Castle. If …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holyrood Aparthotel Edinburgh
Just got back from a quick stay at the Holyrood....had a great time - 2 br apartment/suite, 2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer in kitchen, tv, stereo, etc....We were a little confused walking down the street trying to find the hotel - its located sort of down a mini street - but it was fine once we found it. The place is very clean, modern, and its located right off of the opposite end of the Royal Mile. A nice little thing also was that they filled up our fridge for breakfast in the a.m. - milk, bread, yogurt, cereals, orange juice, etc....
Can't wait to head back to awesome Edinburgh and stay there again!
I stayed along with my colegues for more than a month. Service was exellant. Comft\ortable stay. Hope to visit again.
I have to admit that when the taxi brought my family with three children to the hotel, it wasn't what I had expected. It's not in the greatest street in Edinburgh, no open air what-so-ever and neighboring buildings in your face, so to say. However, after buying a fan to circulate the air and exploring the area around the hotel, I became sincerely and totally impressed with my choice of hotel. You cannot beat this location - a huge park (65 acres) with hiking, mountains and beautiful scenery a couple of steps from you. Behind the hotel, also a few steps is the Royal Mile. The bus to the Ocean Terminal Mall stops right beside you. The Tollbooth, one of the oldest buildings on the Royal Mile is right there. The Palace of Holyrood makes a great place to have morning coffee and traditional Scottish fare. Great to sit in the cafe at the Palace and have hot chocolate on a cold day. Dynamic Earth is right beside you for the kids. After seeing all the other hotels, this has to be the best one in the whole city, not to mention their extremely friendly staff. It was nice to be able to wash our own clothes, fix the kids their favorite bowl of cereal for breakfast and on top of that, have someone come to give you fresh towels and sheets everyday. Not a place to relax, so to say, but if you want to explore Edinburgh, you need to think about the Holyrood aparthotel.
We stayed three nights at the Holyrood Aparthotel. It is an ideal place to stay for families. There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen, and my kids (ages 9 and 11) loved having their own room. The hotel is clean and quiet and about a block off the Royal Mile (Canongate) and about three blocks from Holyrood Palace. There are tv's in each bedroom plus the living room which my kids just loved. This was the perfect place to relax, unwind and spread out, especially as the four of us had been staying in one room all along. There is a small kitchen and a washer/dryer. The washer does very small loads but we were able to get our laundry done. The hotel also supplies milk, orange juice, butter, cereal, and bread to start out in the mornings. We walked to the Sainsbury's (behind Jenner's off of Princes Street) and we were able to eat some of our meals in.
Private Efficiency in an Ideal Location
I have stayed at the Holyrood Aparthotel two summers in a row, and am about to return this August. It's all about location, location, location and the wonderful privacy afforded you by the staff who concidentially happen to be very knowledgeable and extremely polite.
The decor may be a little Spartan, but totally efficient and roomy. The little additions ranging from takeway menus to a CD/tape player to a fully stocked kitchen that includes a most welcome washer/dryer (but watchout for those powders--I did my first load with the dishwashing powder) are wonderful.I definitely recommend this home away from home.
We stayed at this fantastic apart hotel in feb last year for three nights .I was traveling with my wife and our 10 year old son ,the apartment had a living room, two bedrooms a bathroom and a seperate shower room.The location was great just off the royal mile in the old town close to all torist areas. Edinburgh is a great city and an excellent base to explore other parts of scotland...
You cannot go wrong with this lovely apartment/hotel. The staff are amazing and will not annoy you every five minutes and always willing to assist. (Christmas 2002, they organised some excellent seasonal decorations at my request). I have stayed here many times with my girlfriend and we both treat it as a home from home. Been to The Balmoral, The Scotsman and the Sheraton Grand, will take this place over them any day.
Amazing place to stay!
Just stayed there for two days. What a great place to stay! Spacious & comfortable. Close to the Royal Mile and all the great sites. Staff was very accomodating and helpful. Bonus was the washer & dryer in the room :)
We stayed at the Holyrood Aparthotel and loved its location as well as the apartment. The hotel is located in a zig-zag nook right off the Royal Mile, in the historic old side of the city. From it you are close to Hollyrood Palace and down the street from Edinburgh Castle. To reach Prince Street it is a short cab ride away or maybe about a 15 minute walk, within the historic part of town. The hotel is small from the outside but our apartment was wonderful: two bedrooms, two baths, kitchen (fully equipped) including washer-dryer and dishwasher, living room, dinnette area, very nice. Great to have early breakfasts before you hit the town. The all day tour buses stop just a block away and Arthur's Seat, the mountain is visible out the window - impressive. Service was excellent, 24hr concierge and attention to every detail from the staff. We loved staying there!
What a wonderful place this is! My mother and I traveled all over Scotland this past summer and had the best experience with our TWO bedroom, living room, dining area and separate kitchen at the Holyrood Aparthotel. To top things off, they even had a combination washing machine/dryer right in our apartment so we could do our laundry. They provide milk, juice and cereal for breakfast along with shortbread and jams. The kitchen was a full working kitchen with stove/oven, microwave, and every thing else you could think of! It is extremely clean and modern. Our bathrooms were all tile and marble with lots of space to move around in and set things on. They also have a small gym with treadmills and free weights. We were one small alley (or close) away from the Royal Mile and bus transportation to top it off! This is definitely the way to travel and, in Edinburgh, the best place to stay! It was like having a home away from home and if the best is five stars, Holyrood Aparthotel deserves 12!