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Historical Traveler Reviews Clarendon Hotel Edinburgh
Cheap and cheerful!
This hotel has some excellent last minute deals!
We managed to find a double room at £40.00, including breakfast!
The hotel has just been refurbished and looks nothing like the pictures in all the guides.
For the location of the hotel and the price I don't think you would find anything better. Right on the doorstep of Princes St!
Wow!, what an improvement!
After staying at this hotel last year, when the hotel, to be honest was not looking it's best, I thought I'd give it another try following it's refurbishment.
All I can say is that I am amazed by it's transformation! The rooms are now modern and birght and the public areas are now inviting and cosy. After a hearty breakfast I checked out with a completely transformed opinion of the hotel.
The customer isn't always right (apparently)
After having read reviews of the Maitland on Tripadvisor - mainly bad but some hopeful, I thought I'd give them the benefit of the doubt and decided to accommodate a colleague of mine there for 2 nights. On arrival, not only was the entire hotel being renovated to such an extent that he was tripping over rolls of wallpaper in the hallways, but he was kept up by someone tiling the bathroom beneath his room until 10pm, when he'd been assured by the receptionist that it would be finished by 7pm. There's no excuse to keep a hotel open when the renovations are so widespread and I've spent the last 4 weeks complaining to the manager, who's shown no interest in apologising, let alone refunding and now they're not even returning my calls. Thumbs down for the Maitland.
What to people expect!!
My boyfriend and i have just come back from spending a few days in Edinburgh - i read the reviews on this site before we went - for the location and price we got exactly what you would expect - very clean, friendly staff. you cant expect to stay in a 3star hotel and expect 5 star accomodation!! if we vistied Edinburgh again we would rebook the Maitland.
Provides a decent place to sleep!
This hotel is a good choice if all you require is a clean, warm, and safe room. The complimentary breakfast is served promptly and the staff is friendly. The location is excellent. Although the hotel does require redecorating, it provides a decent stay for people on a budget who only plan to spend their sleeping hours at the hotel.
Better than expected
Like one of your other reviewers we read the comments of previous visitors with a mixture of horror and amusement, prior to our visit this weekend. My friend even rang the hotel to ask if it was as bad as it sounded, and was told "well maybe it does need a lick of paint, but we try our best to make visitors feel welcome.." Well, they were right.
OK, it's not a 5 star hotel and doesn't pretend to be, and yes, it definitely needs an overhaul (planned for this autumn), but the staff were more than helpful, the beds comfortable, and the location could not have been better placed for either the city centre, or the airport transfer.
Anyway, in such a buzzing, fabulous city as Edinburgh at festival time, who wants to spend all the time in a hotel? Chill out, I say.
No decent travel agent should recommend this hotel
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Maitland Townhouse during the last week of May 2003 and we were also extremely digusted with this hotel.
It was hideously misrepresented on its website. It was a dank and dark hotel with no charm at all. The room we reserved was a double with a shower. We received a 10x10 room which could barely hold all of the furniture that they squeezed into it. We had to put our suitcase in the timy walkway and climb over it anytime we went to the bathroom. If we were not standing in the bathroom then we were sitting on the bed because there was no where else to go. The bathroom only had a bathtub and unfortunately they were not able to accommodate us with us another room. The restaurant was terrible. Just getting milk and juice from a staff member was a challenge. The hotel also offered no guest parking and the closest pay lot was about 1 mile away by the castle. I would not recommend this hotel to my worst enemy. Spend the few extra bucks and stay at the Caledonian right next to it. the best comparison that I can give between the two is Caesar's Palace to a garden shack.
We stayed 4 nights at the Maitland Hotel in Edinburgh. If I had not been with a tour group and basically "stuck", I would have quickly moved on to something else. The rooms were shabby and not very clean. Our shower/tub leaked and when mopping up, the towel was filthy from the bathroom floor. Luckily I had brought thongs so I could avoid walking on the carpet and the bathroom floor. On the positive side, the staff was very freindly & attentive, the food was fairly good in their restaurant, the sheets were clean and the location was excellent for visiting Edinburgh Castle and the historic area of Edinburgh. I do think with a little looking you could find a bit nicer place to stay.
Old but clean and warm , and friendly!
I read the review you have on here from the canadian gentleman and was disturbed because i was due to stay at the Maitland on the following night..
However upon arriving i was so pleasantly surprised..yes the hotel is old...then again it is in the old quarter of this beautiiful city....But the friendliness of the reception staff and the warmth of the hotel far made up for this....The room was small but adeqate, very warm and very clean....Perhaps the bathrooms do need renovating but they were clean and to me that is more important.
I work in a travel agency and wouldn certainly recommend this hotel to my clients.....i think that is confidence enough...
I booked the Maitland Townhouse Hotel for a two night stay through their web site. From the web site, the hotel looked great - tastefully decorated, good desctiption of a quaint, thpical townhouse hotel in Edinburgh. When we arrived at the hotel by taxi last week, we thought we were at the wrong address. This hotel has no charm or ambiance. The lobby is tiny, with grease stained walls. The rooms are also very small, and look like they were last decorated in the 40's, with threadbare bedspreads, etc. They look like the kind of room you would rent out by the hour. The bathrooms are painted a florid orange colour - we looked at 2 rooms because we couldntr believe thery were all as bad as the one we were first shown. And all for 78 pounds a night - $190.00 Canadian.
My husband and I quickly deciced we could not stay at the Maitland. We walked around the corner and got a room at the Caledonian, one of Edinburgh's finest hotels for 120 pounds a ight including full breakfast. The only positive thing I can say about the Maitland is that they let us out of our reservatin. this hotel was totally misrepresented onit's web site.
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... is still in operation today making it the oldest in the world.
In 1688 an anti-Catholic mob destroyed most of the building and there weren’t the funds to rebuild it. Leading to the state you see today. Holyrood refers to a piece of the cross Jesus was crucified upon. Many churches in Europe claimed to have piece though whether they really did is highly unlikely.
Since the 1530’s the house that adjoined the Abbey (pic 6) was used as a palace ...
... ladies and gents toilets and no one from "povo class" allowed to use the B class loos. But in saying all that - we are both more than happy that we got to sit where we did. The beds do still lay flat ( but without the turn down service and doonas provided by Virgin) so we both got some sleep - me more so than Will - I even slept through supper !!!! and for me that's a big thing! So a few more hours till we eventually check in to the Frazer Suites in Edinburgh. Looking forward to ...
... Parliament building, then arrived back in time for Susan to have her nails done and Sue a spot of waxing. Then back on the bus we went to the Castle stop, did some shopping and then had a very educational hour in the Scotch Whisky Discovery Centre, including a tasting! Back on the bus, we got off next at the Museum of Childhood were we enjoyed the memories stimulated by the exhibits. Back on the bus, we went to Princes Street where we did a spot of shopping in Jenners' and ...
We are staying on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. It is called that because it was the path that the King took to go to his hunting lodge from Edinburg Castle. After we went to Edinburgh Castle where James VI of Scotland was born. We took a Mercat tour of the secrets of the Royal Mile. learned a lot about the hisory of Edinburgh. One thing we learned concerned statues of horseman. If the horse has two front feet off ...
... the stands. Very dramatic. This is followed by a wonderful fireworks display and a full stadium sing along of the Scottish tune Old Lang Syne. Everyone grasped hands and swayed and sang together. We totally enjoyed the evening and hope you enjoy our pictures. If you want to see more of what we saw and heard, here is a Youtube link to last year's Tattoo to get the full experience: