Novotel Edinburgh Centre
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Written by Liz (glitz)
Glenis should be writing this, but she is too shattered.
Early start, taxi at our apartment at 9.30-am to take us to Kings Cross Station to catch our train to Edinburgh- 4.5 hours, lovely train, and nothing to do except relax as we sped though York, Newcastle etc.
Arrived to a wet welcome, however I have …
Today we took the Red Tour Bus around Edinburgh. We saw all the sights New Town, Old Town, Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland (we are now completely museumed out!!), Palace of Holyrood House used by the Queen when in Scotland, Our Dynamic Earth (a museum about the beginning of the world), the railway station which is mostly …
... into the Lakes District for lunch so we all settled in for a few hours. We were all deep in our thoughts and Luke was planning his life on his iPad (he is moving back to Australia soon and needed to write some lists) so I thought what better way to kill some time but to catch up on Downton Abbey on my Mac. So out she came and episodes watched. Something I didn't really factor into the equation was that I cannot read in a car or a bus (I get a headache ...
... chips and it was totally yummy haddock hand battered, very good. We chose to forgo dessert for a hot toddy instead. Man o man.....best toddy I ever drank!!
And of course we had to check out the night life on a Saturday night :) We found a little place called Rush Club, in a close that no one seemed to have heard of! It even had a pool table!!! It may have only been 3 ft ...
... and cozy in my flat reading my books for class. Although, I did escape down to the cafe for a little change of scenery. I got so completely soaked from head to toe that I decided it wasn't worth it to go out in that rain again. So that's when I stopped into a shop and got myself some instant coffee. I've been drinking that ever since. I was a little skeptical of the choice especially considering how ****** the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Edinburgh Centre
Really good location (A superb base for a hen weekend)
We stayed at the Novotel purely for the fact that it was a new hotel providing leisure facilities, that was a short walk form all the sights.
The hotel was reluctant to take bookings for parties of the same sex (we just booked them seperately) to our amazement when we arrived at the hotel the bar was packed with men approx 30 in total, that appeared to be on a stag do! Also a little shocked that some of us were charged a deposit of £50 to our cards to cover any extra costs that may occur from the mini bar?
Noise wasn't a problem as the room was very sound proof which made for an excellent nights sleep (albeit very short due to so much partying!) helped by the black-out curtains that didn't shed a drop of light! The bed is great if you like it soft and doesn't enable you to move very easily!
The hotel was ideally situated to Grassmarket / The Royal Mile etc; and was only 15mins walk to Prince's Street (on the way there) longer on the way back due to having to walk up the hill. If you are clever then you book onto a bus tour which has a stop quite near to the hotel.
We avoided breakfast at the hotel as it was quite steep at £12, so opted to walk to George Street and have brunch at Centrotre which provided a fantastic breakfast for under £6, fresh fruit smoothies, bacon and egg farmhouse rolls, fresh fruit salad the works!
All in all if you have stayed in a Novotel before then you will know what it is like, they are all the same! Nice tidy rooms, separate bathroom / toilet, with foreign staff.
Great Location - Perfect hotel!
I went to this hotel in November 2004 and was really impressed with the hotel. I was travelling with my boyfriend and friend so there were three of us, to make it cheaper we shared a room and they put in a sleeper bed for my friend, which was just like a normal bed. The rooms are spacious, clean and modern, the toilet was just as superb, with the toilet being seperate from the bathroom - perfect for the 3 of us!
The location is brilliant - about 10 minutes walk from the castle. The staff are really friendly and organised. We arrived at about 9am in the morning (early flights with easyjet!) and when we got to the hotel they checked us in took our bags and kept it in a separate room until our room was ready. This was brilliant for us as we just wanted to go sight seeing!
Food was great - we did not eat in the hotels restuarant but instead ordered room service which was just as good including the lovely lattes mmmmm. The breakfast was plentiful and varied and was absolutely lovely. We did also have lunch in the bar with drinks - lunch in the bar was just as good too!
Unfortunately we did not bring our swimming costumes but the pool looked very inviting with a jacuzzi as well. (although people can see you if they are in reception and go down to the public toilets.....
Overall this hotel was truly one of the best I have been in so far and really excellent value for money. We booked direct with the hotel which seemed alot cheaper than booking through other internet hotel sites.
If you are going to Edinburgh - definately book this hotel!!!!
We stayed here with a couple of friends for two nights over the Easter holiday period. I had checked it out on tripadvisor and the results showed it as a good place to stay. It's a 10-15 minute walk to Princes Street which takes you past the rear of the castle. Location suited us well.
The hotel itself is very new and modern and as it is part of a French hotel chain, many of the staff were French but spoke excellent English. Although we did not use the swimming pool, it was very popular with young families.
The rooms themselves were neat, clean and had everything you could wish for. However, the bathroom holds a secret! Although the bath has a hand-held shower head, the REAL shower is hidden behind what looks like a glass wall. We didn't find it until our second day!! On checking out, we told the staff about us MISSING the shower and she laughed and said we weren't the first people to report this.
The beds were very very comfortable and we even asked at Reception where we could purchase one! Unfortunately, they had been supplied by a company in France and shipped to Edinburgh so no luck there!
The highlight of our stay was the hotel restaurant. On our second day, the weather turned a little wet and cold and the thought of going out to eat was unappealing - so we took a chance in the restaurant. The meal was exquisite and we all wished we had eaten there the night before too as it really was a superb meal.
All in all, a great city and an excellent hotel to use as your base for exploring Edinburgh. We'd recommend it without hesitation and will certainly be booking it again next time we find ourselves in Scotland.
was really impressed with the novotel on the whole. our room was on the fifth floor and we were very lucky to see the castle from our room. Our room was very big - 2 long hall ways in it and windows across the length. the room was very clean. Fitness area was nice - a small pool but enough for a quick dip. One gripe is the parking - we couldn't get into the car park that charges £6 per exit which means that as we didn't use our car for 2 days, this is all it would have cost. Instead we were shown to another car park that cost us over £20 for the two days.
Apart from the little gripe, it's a very modern hotel and one you'll really like - we booked on expedia and found this the cheapest.
A good deal
A good choice for a weekend away and would be OK for business travellers as well.
Rooms fairly compact but smart and functional modern design.
Best thing about the hotel is its indoor pool, sauna and steam room plus gym. This made it a great place for a winter break - when the weather got too bad for wandering around the city it was great to go back to the hotel and relax in the pool.
Location pretty good too - about 3 minutes' walk from the Grassmarket where there is a good choice of bars and restaurants, including "Le Petit Paris", which serves some really fantastic food.
Excellent value for money
Stayed at this hotel for one night Saturday 6th March 2005. Booked 2 rooms, one twin for 2 people and one double for 2 people with a 13 year old child who went free including breakfast. If any criticism it would be having to queue for a table for breakfast at 10am.
They have a small underground cark park which we were lucky enough to get in for £6.
Lesuire facilities were very good but you had to go to reception and fill in forms before you could use them.
Having stayed in several 4* hotels in Edinburgh this is one of the best for value for money and would stay there again.
Girls weekend away!
We spent 2 nights at this hotel in January 2005. We stayed in a twin room, which had fantastic facilities, was very modern, the shower was powerful, the room was very clean and we each had a 4ft bed each which was appreciated. We would stay in this hotel again if we came back to Edinburgh. The location of the hotel meant that all the wonderful food we ate in Edinburgh was walked off with little guilt felt!!
I stay away in Hotels on business quite a lot and can say without hesitation that I could not fault this hotel.
The rooms are very spacious and comfortable with a large bed. The televsion offers several channels with options of pay movies and music and broadband internet, either through the tv or by connection to a laptop computer. There are ample tea / coffee making facilities and a fridge with soft drinks and beers.
The bathroom is well designed and has a "light and airy" feel to it. The powerful shower is seperate from the bath and there are good complimentary toiletries. The toilet is in a seperate room.
The hotel has a small gym, sauna, steam room, spa bath and swimming pool.
Breakfast is Buffet Style and a large variety of items is available. I did not eat in the restaurant but found the room service good quality / value for money.
Would definitely recommend.
Just back from a fantastic break in Edinburgh. Stayed at the new Novotel, what a great place deluxe bedrooms, restaurant and bar but the best of all is the swimming pool that can be seen from the hotel lobby, watch out other Edinburgh hotels you have competition big style.
Sited near the grassmarket, this new hotel is fine for that area. Princes St is 15-20 mins away. Decor is nice, rooms clean and modern..has small pool and a steam room. The staff appear to be french, although this is not a bad thing. Breakfast is usual self service so eat as much as you like- it's nice! No problems encountered.