Premier Inn Lauriston Place
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Historical Traveler Reviews Premier Inn Lauriston Place Edinburgh
A good base for an Edinburgh adventure....
We stayed at the Edinburgh Premier Travel Inn on Lauriston Place this last weekend, we paid £64.95 per night for Friday & Saturday night.
We were initially drawn to this hotel because of the rate, similar budget hotels in and around the city centre were charging £100+ per night over the 2 nights we were in Edinburgh. The location was also a key factor, we had no car so the luxury of walking to all the sights was important.
All in all, we were 100% satisfied. The location was excellent, a short 5-8 minute walk down Lothian Road to Princes Street. It was a similar if not shorter distance to the Grass Market area, with decent pubs and restaurants galore.
We have stayed in Premier Travel Inns before so we knew what to expect from the room and amenities. As usual this was of a high standard, and the staff were extremely friendly, able to help with directions and advice.
One of the major benefits of this hotel is the chance to store luggage, therefore allowing an early check out and a whole days sightseeing if your flight or train is a late departure. In this era of strict security, this was a surprise but it was efficiently managed with airline type tags on all bags and a double check by staff when leaving and collecting your bags.
We didn't eat in the hotel, preferring to venture out and try some pub grub in the locality of the hotel. Along the Grass Market is a great pub called the Last Drop, the beer is good but the food is better. Awesome home style cooking in a small and relaxed setting.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone venturing to Edinburgh, in fact we might even fit in a return visit before Christmas...it is that good.
Doesn't sound like the same hotel as 26/10?
My husband myself and our 2 young children stayed here 29/10/05. Room was very clean, breakfast was great and staff very helpful. We came back for our cases later and were able to have some food in the restaurant even though we had checked out at 12.00 hrs.
Useless staff, rooms smell of wee...
whilst waiting to check in only one member of staff was on the desk and she was on the phone for about 15 mins, a queue built up, someone came out to see to us and started checking the newest arrivals in before those of us who had been waiting....
the computers had gone down and when the receptionist radioed the cleaner to see whether rooms were clean, none were so we were sent off to amuse themselves whilst we waited for our rooms to be prepared. DISASTER...
by the time i got my room i couldn't believe it had even been cleaned. the loo stank really badly of wee and the room itself of cigs. disgusting. there was no soap in the dispenser and around 7 am each day someone either came to empty the recycling bins or began filling them up. breakfast was revolting, the cooked breakfast was served up and then kept warm so it was dried out and hard.
rubbish hotel, even worse staff. £5 for a gin and tonic in the cr*ppy bar too... don't go there.
Great place to stay
I stayed at this hotel from 24/9 to 26/9. £62.50 per night. The hotel room I found to be very spacious, their was just me and my wife staying. The room and the rest of the hotel was very clean, and the bed was very comfortable. Situated about 10-minutes walk from shops and Princes Street the location is good. Arriving by plane early Saturday morning it is good that you can leave your cases/baggage at the hotel both prior to checkin and after checkin out, if required. I did not eat at the hotel preferring other restaurants and I thought the breakfast cost appeard a bit expensive. All staff were helpful, checkin fast. If I return to Edinburgh, I would definately use this hotel again.
Good location,room clean,friendly staff.Took approx 10 mins walk to centre of edinburgh shops,and about the same time to walk to the castle
No problems with the hotel at all
Brilliant budget hotel
Fantastic hotel price wise and location wise. If you're looking for a clean hotel with good room service just minutes behind the castle, this is the place for you. Only slight downside is it's near one of the main pub/bar streets and you can hear the noise on a Saturday evening. They do mention this on their website however and is only a small inconvenience.
I stayed at this hotel for three nights in August. Considering that the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was already underway I think that for the rate charged this hotel was excellent value and could not recommend it more highly (several guest houses had quoted me rates up to 30% higher).
The hotel is only about 18 months old and everything in the room I stayed in was pretty much brand new. The room was surprisingly spacious for a UK budget hotel and the beds very comfortable. All the staff I had dealings with were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast (extra charge) was very good. I had one evening meal in the restaurant which was good value for money with generous portions. The only niggle is that presumably for security reasons the windows only open a few inches and although the temperature outside got no higher than the low 20s during the day the room was rather warm and airless at night, even with the windows open. However, there was a desk fan available which certainly helped.
The hotel is pretty well located. It is about 5 mins walk from the cinemas and theatres of Edinburgh's west end, 5 mins from the Meadows park (with its ancient Bruntsfield Links golf course - now a 36 hole free pitch and putt, summer only) and 10-20 mins from the Castle and the other attractions along The Royal Mile and Prince's Street.
The hotel shares a building (separate entrance) with the Edinburgh Novotel though most pictures of that hotel expertly omit the Travel Inn.
Great Value for Money
We stayed at the Lauriston Place Premier Travel Inn from 4-7 August. As a family of four (two teenage daughters) we had a quad room, which contained a very large double bed and two small single beds (about 5' 6'' in length and low down to the floor). The room was £188.85 for the three nights, and we paid for two full and two light breakfasts for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, which came to £73.20. Our total stay therefore cost £262.05. We thought this was excellent value for money given this is Edinburgh in August.
The room was spacious, clean and the beds were very comfortable. The only slight negative aspect is the room was very warm and as we were at the front of the building facing a busy road it was too noisy to have the window open at night. However, a fan is provided and we found that leaving the window open while we were out during the day helped.
We found the staff, both in reception and the restaurant to be friendly and helpful.
Very aggressive staff
We arrived late one evening, driving up from the south. We had lots of trouble finding the hotel because of the one-way street system in Edinburgh so after a while I rang the hotel to ask for directions. The girl who answered the phone had an Irish accent and obviously was no more familiar with the Edinburgh road system than I was; rather than passing me on to a local she asked me to repeat where I was (I don't know why because she was none the wiser when I did!). Eventually, after driving around for a bit longer with this girl on the end of the phone, being no help at all, I told her not to bother, we would find the place ourselves, which we eventually did.
That was not the problem, however. When we arrived, the "Duty Manager" could not wait to have a go at me, because apparently, the Irish girl I had spoken to had dissolved in tears after I spoke to her. I found this very difficult to understand as I had not been rude to her, I just gave up when it became clear to me she could not help me.
This "Duty Manager" woman picked a fight with me at check-in. She was extraordinarily aggressive and rude - I have never experienced anything like it in a hotel before or since. As I left reception after checking-in, shaking my head in disbelief, she actually chased after me and confronted me and demanded to know why I was shaking my head!
Then, as luck would have it, when I thought I wouldn't have to deal with this awful woman again, we found that our room (which was meant to accommodate 4 of us - my husband and I and our 2 teenage children) only had towels for one person and beds for 3, not 4.
I had to speak to this woman again to ask her to remedy the situation (I had to go down to reception because there is no facility for contact with reception or housekeeping through phones in the rooms). She argued with me very loudly in front of other guests checking in and told me there should be sufficient towels and beds etc, and then she involved various other staff in the vicinity in telling me there should be adequate beds and towels (but there was not!). Eventually she agreed to do something and
a much more pleasant guy turned up in the room with the extra towels and bed we needed.
The room, although new, was poorly finished; there was a tripping hazard where the carpet had been laid unevently and had produced a ridge.
We stayed in quite a few Premier Travel Inns while in the UK and had great experiences at all but this one. If this "Duty Manager" treats other guests as she treated me I wouldn't be surprised if someone assaults her!
Excellent service and spacious rooms
After a string of dirty, over-priced B&Bs, budget hotels and hostels, the Premier Travel Inn on Lauriston Place was a welcome surprise. The room was massive (when compared to most hotels in the UK), and everything in the room was brand new: sheets, blankets, carpet, television, curtains, etc. Satellite television was an added bonus, as was the silence. The hotel was fully booked, yet we didn't hear a single noise from 10pm right through the night until 8am. The large, comfortable beds were also conducive to peaceful slumber. I slept better there than I do at home in my own bed. When I checked in at 4pm, the staff (newly trained) took longer than usual to fill in the paperwork, so in order to compensate, we were taken to the bar and given free cocktails/beer to pass the time. Rooms are approximately 60 pounds and breakfast is not included.