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TravelPod Member ReviewsParliament House Hotel Edinburgh
Awesome place to stay. Nice rooms and the best thing was the location.
Close to centre of city and to Waverley St railway station. Would stay there again.
They kept our some of our luggage while we were on an overnight tour of the highlands up to Inverness.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Parliament House Hotel Edinburgh
A good place to stay
Stayed here for 4 nights over Hogmany 04/05. A fantastic location, everything you would want to see in central Edinburgh is within walking distance.
The room was clean and tidy. The restuarant, MP's Bistro, was a bit of a hit and miss affair. One evening the food was awful, but on another evening the food was exceptional.
I would recommend this place to family and friends. To sum up - clean, good location, old-fashioned service (in a good way), although the price per night over Hogmany (179 sterling per night) was a rip-off for what you got.
Website is misleading
Parking in Edinburgh is a nightmare and webpage for hotel stated parking was available. What it didn't say was that it was several blocks away, around several one-way streets and that the cost was not included. Room was good size, but bathroom needed serious cleaning. Mold growing in grout, door that wouldn't slide, etc.
Cosey Hotel and Great Location
My then Fiancee and I took a weekend trip to Edinburugh in April this year, I had never visited it before, I must say the Parliment House was a great hotel and very well positioned, not too far away from the centre but far enough for peace and quiet. We found the staff very helpful and co-operative. I would not advise anyone to have the full breakfast as it's too expensive for what it is, we complained about the eggs being underdone and we got a refund.
We are going back to Edinburugh next year and will be staying at the Parliment House no doubt.
Fine if you like stairs!!
We stayed in this hotel from 24-27 September 2004.
We were in one of the rooms beginning with the prefix J, most of which are a nightmare to reach. You have to take the lift to the third floor and then walk into a separate part of the hotel and down two flights of spiral stairs. Great fun with a suitcase. Going up to go down is certainly unique! Was even more fun when the lift broke down on our first night which meant six flights up stairs and then two down. Just what you need after a long day pounding Edinburgh's streets.
The stairs aside, the staff were very friendly - called taxis for us when required etc. The rooms were comfortable (once you got to them) and clean, although the tap water came out a nice rusty colour - puts you off getting in the bath and brushing your teeth a bit! We also couldn't reach the pull for the blind, so using the bathroom at night with the light on was a thrill for any passers by, and we couldn't turn the radiator down in the bathroom which was scalding hot!!
Breakfasts in the downstairs Maps Bistro were fine, although the 'full Scottish' is obviously pre-prepared and microwaved to order. The waiters in here were very efficient and friendly!
Edinburgh itself was very welcoming. Can highly recommend 'Wok and Wine' if you fancy Chinese Food. Their details are in the Edinburgh guide the hotel has behind reception!
Finally - if you do get assigned a 'J' room, don't do as we did and decide to climb to the top of the Sir Walter Scott memorial in Princes Street on your first day (all 289 steps) ... ouch!
Overpriced for what is on offer
Good location but the hotel doesn't really offer anything that a good B&B has on offer, hence we actually stayed in a B&B on our return to Edinburgh 10 days after our intial stay, which gave same room comfort level and standard of service!
That being said it appears hotels in the area are no better -and we were generally disappointed at value for money that you can get from a UK hotel compared to France.
So a good choice as long as its not during festival..as the hotel doubled room price once the edinburgh festival started -!
Classy and comfortable
I stayed in this hotel on business and was very impressed. Great decor, comfortable rooms, and a huge bath I could have slept in!It's my first choice whenever I'm in Edinburgh.
Cosy hotel in convenient central location
Very comfortable, reasonably priced hotel (cheaper to book via totalstay.com then directly through the hotel), just off the main Princes Street. The rooms were clean with 'quaint' decor - different patterned carpet and curtains! The staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel is about 5 minutes walk from Edinburgh's main attractions and shops, but be warned about the steep hill you need to walk up!
A Bit Overpriced!
We stayed in the Parliament House Hotel over the August bank holiday weekend and were charged 160 Stg per room per night. This did not include breakfast. I found this to be a bit on the expensive side. The hotel is in an excellent location but is a bit dated and lacks facilities eg Bar. We were also a little astounded on the last day of our visit and having checked out one of our party wanted to buy a bottle of Coke. She was told she could not as she had already checked out and was no longer a resident!! V. Strange.......
"My" hotel in Edinburgh
I have found the perfect hotel in Edinburgh: The Parliment House Hotel. This is where I will stay whenever I return. The rooms are excellent, very cozy decor and wonderful shampoos and soaps. My needs are simple though, all I desire in a hotel is: warmth, cleanliness, comfort, safety, good location breakfast and friendly staff. The Parliment House exceeded my expectations by fulfilling the above needs beautifully. It is very close to Waverly Train Station which makes it convinient, but it is also hidden away from the main traffic. The included breakfast was very satisfying with toast, fruit and cereal but I could have opted for a cooked breakfast too if I had wanted ( I didn't). The breakfast room had fun decor that really woke me up in the morning! My travel agent also got me a great deal on my room, great value for money. Yes, it is true that it takes awhile for the front desk staff to get to you but when one person is doing all the jobs required at the front desk I fully understand. Once the staff was able to get to me they were VERY friendly and VERY efficiant. I just can't say enough good things about this cozy, small and simple hotel!
Good deal for its position
Good value off-season breaks at this hotel. Helpful staff. Quiet rooms despite closeness to Princes St. MORE than adequate continental breakfast so would not go for the overpriced cooked one esp. as there are some cheap eat-as-much-as-you-want breakfast places close by if you really want to stoke up. 5/10mins from the station so the dragging the case option is viable if you arrive there. Good starting point at the end of Princes St. for all sight seeing. Well positioned for that after breakfast jaunt up Calton Hill to clear the whiskey out of the brain!
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