Travel Blogs from Edinburgh
... into the mad traffic of Edinburgh,we arrived after a couple of detours and then they went to dinner but no sooner had Stewart got home than he was n the bathroom being sick, so we were stuck in the back with smelly bum here whew were we glad when he got better. Sadly we were not allowed on Nancy and Bills excursion so we were left in the bag do to speak, we will be heading off to Bills and then up to the Orkneys so speak to you all from the Orkneys.
Cheers Taz and Baz
... enjoyable but Erin commented that she found his thick English accent difficult to understand at times and couldn't really follow what he was saying. The final show was 'Davey Connor' who is a Scottish comedian and we all really liked his show. Davey was the only Scottish comedian we saw all week and our favourite observation of his was how after young adults move out of home their parents suddenly start buying expensive things.
Our last day in Edinburgh was Sunday ...
... Harry Porter books there over 'one cup of coffee' because she couldn't afford more. Walk around Royal Mile - Celtic jewelry/ souvenirs. Dinner at 'Prezzo' at N. Bridge- pizza. Back to hotel and discovered totally uncomfortable beds in room. June 5th Breakfast in pretty sunroom of Gueast House. Met Spanish guest, travelling by herself. Graham, our host cooked good English, oops, Scottish breakfast of haggis, blood sausage, tpmato, sausage and egg. Walked again to Chambers St to ...
... the Royal Mile. We have a tour booked for tomorrow and just want to make certain we know where the pick up point is.
As the weather is lovely (a little chilly), there are people everywhere. If we haven't already mentioned it, this weekend is a Bank Holiday which probably explains why all the hotels and many of the B&Bs are all booked out.
Finally arriving back at our accommodation we are able ...
... a panoramic view of the city and is relatively easy to climb - relatively being the operative word, I think.
Sadly, that ended our tour. The bus made its way back to where it began, which was fortuitously was right across from Waverley Station. Pam and I walked across the street, met Bill, Janet, and Michael, collected our luggage (thanking Bill profusely), and began the next part of our journey to Northumbria.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.
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.
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.