Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh
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... is a chapel in the centre and superb views of the city from the castle walls.
We found a good spot where we could see the gun being fired at one and waited for twenty or so minutes for that to go off, boy did that wake up anyone who fell asleep waiting, that was loud.
After the gun went off we headed to look at the Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Scone, the crown jewels ...
... decided to use our bus tickets, purchased on Friday to get from Waverley Bridge up to the Castle. So instead of just taking the same route as we had done to get home from yesterday's various bus tours to the hotel, we decided to vary it up and see if we could find a more sheltered path to the bus. We quickly discovered that unless you are physically in a building that there is virtually no shelter provided from the wind or rain, however the way we did go to ...
... Windows. Pitt Windows came about because the government in the 1800's decided to impose a tax based on the number of windows citizens had in their homes, so the clever people built their houses with window ledges and relief in the brick work but no windows, just solid brick walls with window panes painted on them in order to avoid the taxes. They also took out their windows and put in french doors, as doors weren't subject to a ...
... the blackjack basic strategy chart.
Blackjack is the most widely played casino banking game in the world and it has been studied and written about since the early 1950s. The basic strategy chart gives you, statistically, the ideal list of decisions based on what cards you've been dealt and what the value of the dealer's initial card is, but it ain't called gambling for nothing and there are no guarantees. The house will always have the edge, but playing ...
... friends were so welcoming and hospitable. We had a fantastic time chatting and Master X was also very well looked after. There is never any shortage of food at these Scottish events and it was a really beautiful afternoon. It was wet and cold so it was decided that tonight would be a pizza night. I have to admit that the Scottish take away pizza definitely trumps the Australian equivalent.
I forgot ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh
A big disappointment - terrible bed and poor service
I had stayed at Malmaison in Newcastle - so had high expectations of Malsmaison in Ediburgh - but this was a big disappointment.
The first disappointment was our room - bland, with a tiny bathroom - and a view of a wall. As for the bed - it had springs that made it hard to sleep as they dug into you so much. The sheets had holes in - not what you expect from a luxury hotel.
Then the service: we had arrived at 2.15pm and asked about the brasserie for lunch - we dropped our bags off in our room and headed down for lunch - only to be told they weren't taking any more orders. The same happened the next day when we headed down for brunch only to be told we had missed breakfast but were too early for brunch. Why couldn't the receptionist have explained the opening hours properly? It doesn't help that they hide all the hotel information in a brochure that looks like a piece of marketing information. When we tried to get a drink in the bar the service was slow and my partner was only delivered half a drink.
All in all it was a big disappointment. I used to live in Edinburgh and had always wanted to stay at Malmaison, my partner had never been there before and he was less than impressed- so unfortunately was I. I will not be returning.
Beware of this overpriced nightmare!
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.
The room was dark and dismal and not worth the small fortune we paid for it, a tiny little tv that we could hardly see from the bed etc.
We stayed as far away from the hotel as possible over the weekend, and when it came to checking out we handed over the cash.
Imagine our suprise when we stopped for petrol on the way home and my boyfriends card was declined!
We had to copper up to pay for the petrol!
When we got home we called the credit card company who informed us that the full room amount at the malmaison had been charged when we arrived!
We had been charged twice!
Plus the receptionist blatantly lied to us about charging the credit cards!
When we phoned the hotel they were very rude and couldn't care less to be honest.
I would never use this hotel or any other Malmaison hotel again.
Beware The Yellow Water!
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.
the continental breakfast was okay, although it was 'encouraged' to purchase their more extensive cooked breakfast. you were made to feel inferior for not doing so. don't waste your time with room service food...it's terrible.
all in all, not a bad place to stay when you know what you're getting into. next time i visit edinburgh i will stay in the city...
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.
Away from the madness!
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).
The bar has a nice feel and the terrace outside is great for supping champagne on a summers days (doesn't happen too often up here in Scotland!). The restaurant also has a chic feel but could have done with a better clean before serving breakfast on Sunday morning.
The rooms are contemporary and the king size bed was comfortable and the bathroom clean with takeaway toiletries.
Our complaint was the usual against a number of hotels - noise. The soundproofing to outside was pretty good but the doors slamming at 4am (after a wedding bash) could be sorted out.
Lovely, Affordable, Clean, and Kind
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.
Not all it's cracked up to be
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.
The first room they gave us was in the new building but had only one window overlooking the Speedy lube across the street (this is an industrial neighborhood). We asked to change, and the second was much larger with more windows, but there were stains on the sofa, scratches on the furniture, etc. The bed was also as hard as a rock - to the point of being really uncomfortable. Overall I thought it was disappointing and overpriced, and wished I had stayed in town at the Balmoral or Caledonian. We would have paid more, but I think it would have been worth it. As a side note, the sort of "hip and stylish" thing they have going on here is a little tired - it might have been that way a few years ago, but not anymore.
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!