Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh
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... are handing out pamphlets advertising their own show and with the sounds of the festival we walk the almost mile up towards the castle. What a great atmosphere!!
The following day, while Anna was at work, Bo and I caught the bus into town and he was able to experience the street performers and have a look around the old city a bit. That night we went to Ian and Anna's for a lovely dinner.
The next day we go into Edinburgh and have a guided tour ...
... Royal Mile and our first stop of Mary King's Close. Our tour wasn't for a while so we stopped in a few stores. The majority were typical touristy type stores with the usual accouterments but was still fun to look at but in one which seemed a little more high end we were stuck behind some asian tourists who were a bit of a bother. They were buying cashmere scarves that were selling 2 for 65 lbs (I don't have the symbol for English money so I am stuck using lbs ...
... think it was, then we all headed off. Ash went home, and the rest of us went back to Whistle Binkies. We stayed outside with Victoria and Mary before going in, and they all got a pizza to share. We went into the pub, and sat at the table with the rest of the crew. Most of us were on the waters at this stage, and everyone seemed a little flat, after so many days of partying in a row, so we weren't there long! We said our final goodbyes to everyone, then made the big walk back and went to ...
... rain. All of our clothes and sneakers are soaked. We had to leave our walking tour because the rain was getting out passports and cameras wet. :( at least it was free haha but all is well, Scotland is beautiful and I love it. I'm learning why people don't bother to straighten their hair over here...not that my straightener works. About to go dominate the rain by seeing Edinburghs underground tunnels. So excited. Ill update more later ...
After blissfully sleeping through the night (one of the few times I've been able to do so since the kids have been born!!!) I woke to a beautiful sunny day. I don't know what people are on about when they say Scottish weather is terrible. The sun usually shines for me the majority of my visit when I'm here! After breakfast Maria & Ian and myself travelled east to Haddington to one "Garelton Lodge", where the festivities will take place. The ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh
I had stayed at Malmaison in Newcastle - so had high expectations of Malsmaison in Ediburgh - but this was a big disappointment.
Me and my boyfriend stayed here in march for a special occasion and splashed out on a 4 poster suite for the weekend and looked forward to the luxury. After finding it, it was a little far rom the city centre but weren't too worried. On entering the hotel we couldn't find a memeber of staff to check in with, so hung around the reception. A girl finally showed up and asked for a credit card for ID, so i gave her mine as thats what i used to hold the room. I did state then though that i wasn't paying for the room that way as we had cash. She was very put out and said she was only using it for ID! She came back then and said my card had been declined! declined for what exactly? My boyfriend stepped in and used his. Her attitude sucked.
my wife and i stayed here on our honeymoon recently. the location is a bit strange being in leith (not edinburgh proper)...so it's a bit of a jaunt to get into town. the plus side is it's tucked away from the chaos if that's what you're looking for. the leith area is undergoing a 'renovation' of sorts, and some of it is nice (esp. the waterfront), but beware of the nearby streets as they are a rather intimidating at night. the hotel itself is a nice, modern building and the rooms are clean and comfortable. the staff were very helpful and gave us a tour of several rooms for us to look at before deciding which we liked. the room we chose was nice, however the one major problem we had was the ever-present discolored water (hence the 3-star rating). at first glance we thought the pipes were rusted. after calling the front desk to inquire about this, i was informed this was 'normal' throughout leith due to the old victorian era pipes still underground. taking a bath was a very bizarre and discomforting experience as one would believe they were bathing in urine.
Lovely rooms but needs better trained staff
The rooms are beautifully decorated and very spacious. Room service is from the brasserie menu and was prompt and reasonably priced, albeit with limited choice. However, the staff is slow in check ins and check outs and doesn't seem to know how to do a booking. Business travellers beware - Malmaison has a very strict cancellation policy, unless you cancel at least 24 hours before the day of arrival, you will be charged even if you pay rack rates like we did. Likewise for early checkouts.
Visting the Fringe for a fix of comedy, we stayed over in Leith. This is the port district of Edinburgh and has its advantages: views over the harbour, quiter than town, its own neighbourhood atmosphere but its only disadvantage is if you want to stay in the city centre (about 15min cab ride).
Reviews I'd read about the Malmaison were mixed and made me a little nervous. I was looking for convenience, affordability and a little comfort/style if possible. Found all of this and more in the Malmaison. Don't mean to gush but it was a really nice experience. Everyone was very kind and helpful, especially when I had difficulty with an emergency credit card. It was convenient to public transportation into Edinburgh. My friend and I used Bon Appetite's May 2004 "Taste of Scotland" issue to choose restuarants and three of their recommended eateries were within a block of the hotel. The only drawback is its distance to the City (Royal Mile, Princes Street, New/Old Town). It's approximately a 2 pound/20 minute bus ride or a 10 pound/10 minute cab ride. My friend and I wanted to eat at The Witchery on the Royal Mile but were tired and couldn't rally to get dressed and cab over so we ended up at a local Italian restaurant (don't go THERE!! It was the worst meal we had!! Giuliani's, I believe was the name!). Anyway, we enjoyed our room, it's cleanliness, the amenities, deep bathtubs, large towels, room service and overall vibe. Highly recommend.
Was really looking forward to staying at Malmaison, but the service just wasn't up to scratch. We arrived at midnight after a long journey, and ordered a sandwich from room service, which were told would take ten minutes. Fifty minutes later and despite much chasing we gave up waiting, as we had an early morning and needed some sleep. The food turned up an hour after ordering, by which time we had gone to bed. Reception then called our room at 1.30am asking why we hadn't taken the food, waking us up.
Looks fabulous from the outside, but nothing special inside - the rooms are average size and not very stylish. Not very convenient for central Edinburgh either.
Colorful and Mediocre
Although we loved our room, the hotels service was pathetic. Calls for room service went unanswered. Wake up call requests were not completed.
The restaurant, although pricey and hip, was staffed by a wait staff with no experience nor knowledge of what they were serving.
Cool room... but that was it.
If you intend to see Edinburgh as a tourist, and are planning to go into town every day, this is not your best choice. A cab ride into town will run you about $20.00 round trip. If you are on business however, it might not be so bad. The room was extremely average - a little run down actually - as were the common areas of the hotel. Worn carpet in the halls and on stairs, etc. I did not think the food was good, in fact the best thing we ate there was coffee and croissants in the bar in the morning. We ordered room service one night and it was terrible.
Dock side gem in Leith
I must tell you how much I enjoyed a recent stay at the Malmaison in Leith/Edinburgh. It is slap in the middle of the restored dock area but still handy for the town; I was there for the Festival. Food is excellent and so are the rooms, modern decor with nice individual touches. Good service too. Moans, none really (unusual as I'm a regular business traveller) but a health warning if you take your car; watch out for the (low, very solid..) ornamental iron balls in the road outside!