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... until we came across some free parking for the night, it was a lay-by at the side of loch Linahe. I didn't sleep all to well and by 6am was ready for getting up so gave Rich a mild nudge. Once we were ready we were on the road, this time just taking the day as it came with no set plans except stopping off at Sterling Castle. The castle just like Edinburgh was situated atop a mound of rock, very picturesque. It to dated back to around the 12th century and is one of the largest ...
... the character is decidedly light and airy. This is due to a number of factors not the least of which is the ascending line arm (top part of the still that delivers the vaporized alcohol and other compounds into the condenser) on its stills. The angle of the line arm is crucial in creating more or less reflux, an occurrence that can produce a cleaner, more delicate spirit if encouraged and, a more robust spirit if discouraged. At Dalwhinnie, the emphasis is clearly ...
Well that's us officially bums for the next 6months we have been gracefully dropped off at the airport hotel after some smashingly ridiculously delicious scran with the old man and the in laws! just settling into the seat at the bar before an early night. Big day tomo starting at 9am down to London then off to Helsinki for a 7 hour wait for our flight to Singapore. Arcades and air hockey ahoy! Oh yes! lottsa love to all! Stu ...
We left Manchester Tuesday morning and boarded our packed train to Edinburgh. After arriving in Edinburgh we made our way from the train station in the old town across Hollyrood park to our B&B. Our room was once again a 'family room' with us on the double bed and Tom on the single bed. Poor Tom did comment though that he was starting to miss a double bed. After a short rest we then headed in to the old town center to meet up with a few friends for some drinks and dinner. ...
... to let him know we'd arrived. Shortly after, Bob greeted us warmly and escorted us to the board room where we had a nice chat about the history of the NLB and took some photos.
We then made our way back to Waverly Bridge where we hopped on the bus that would take us out to Leith and the Royal Yacht Brittania. We passed the Royal Botanical Gardens (I had hoped to hop off there, but decided to save that for another trip), the home ...
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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.
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.