Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh
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The change from colourful small European villages to big, stately, imposing but bleak Edinburgh was initially overwhelming. When the sun came out it seemed much better.
We met the rest of the group in the bar (where else would you find a bunch of Aussies?) before being taken to a very good restaurant for a welcome dinner.
"...just now, from Stirling Castle, I have seen by the setting sun the glorious prospect of the windings of Forth through the rich carse of Stirling..."
- Robert Burns in a 1787 letter to Robert Muir, reflecting on his visit to Stirling
Hard to believe we've already reached the half-way point in our trip! Even harder to believe that …
The rose of all the world is not for me.
I want for my part
Only the little white rose of Scotland
That smells sharp and sweet - and breaks the heart.
- Hugh MacDiarmid, The Little White Rose (1992)
Thursday started with an early breakfast so that we could beat any traffic on our way out of the city for the day. We headed …
"Edinburgh lays itself open like a secret solved;
there's no leaving Edinburgh,
No shifting it around:
it stays with you, always."
- Alan Bold, Scottish poet and journalist (1943–1998)
We got an early start to our last full day in Scotland. At 6:30, Mom, Dad, Nikki, and I went on a hike up Arthur's Seat, a group of …
"This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.”
- Alexander McCall Smith
Waking up in Edinburgh was great! I loved seeing the clock tower out of our window when I got up. Nikki and Dad left for St. Andrews after breakfast to check Nikki out of her …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Great location, great staff, beautiful building, and comfortable rooms!
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I booked this hotel based on the previous reviews and I was extremely dissapointed! We stayed in 2 rooms as we are a family of 4 and both rooms were small and absolutely filthy! The sheets did not appear to have been changed from the previous guests (yuck)! We insisted that housekeeping provide at least a fresh set but even the replacements were a bit dodgy! As we discovered, there are other hotel choices in the same general area and I would advise choosing one of them!
Nice spacious, clean room, nicely decorated and furnished. Excellent location on the Royal Mile. Self service breakfast with huge and tasty selection of cooked and cold items. A convenient touch was an ice machine in the corridor. A little pricey at ?100 per night double with breakfast but would stay here again.
Arrived at hotel at 9am and was very pleased that our room was ready for us - the public areas in the hotel led us to think we had chosen well. However, our room was somewhat disappointing - strange smell - bed far too soft and up against a wall - and the bathroom and the bedroom both seemed to need some refurbishment. The leisure facilities also were disappointing - pool is very small and saunas are contained within the changing rooms - strange! Breakfast was excellent, a good variety of food, with very relaxed service-we took a leisurely hour to eat ours. One thing we could not fault was the location which was excellent! Edinburgh is a beautiful city - we walked round most of it. Do not bother with the bus tours - they are an absolute rip-off as you could walk the entire route in less than an hour. The Castle is an excellent day out - real value for money. Also Holyrood Palace (which includes an audio commentary). Take the time to explore all the little alleyways in the Old Town, and walk a few streets back from Princes Street in the New town - the streets are full of beautiful Georgian terraces. If you like good pub grub, try The World's End in the Royal Mile, but be warned - it gets very busy! We spent a hugely enjoyable four days there - go and enjoy!!
I spent three nights at the Radisson, former Crowne Plaza. The hotel's
Great location, great hotel
Stayed in the Crowne Plaza, Edinburgh. Lovely hotel, great location, easy walking distance to castle and Princess Street. Would definately use again.
Crowne Plaza is great!
We stayed three nights at this great hotel. There are a range of services to take adavantage of at the hotel. THe font desk staff is very helpful. The location is great, right on the Royal Mile, not too far from the train station or Rose Ln. We had a light in the bathroom go out, and someone was sent up right away and fixed it within minutes.
I would definitely recommend the Crowne Plaza.
Skip This Hotel-Awful Rooms, Snotty Front Desk Very
Snotty Front Desk, Tiny Hot Rooms, Poor Service, Expected this to be 2 night highlight of trip to Scotland. Rude, Nasty, and not helpful at all. Waste of money-Stay some place else. Only good thing is the location-the staff stink.
I stayed at the crowne palace from sunday - wednesday June 8-11th check-in was a long time as the weekend group were departing from saturday night out! The rooms were very clean & a good size. I thought the location was great as you could walk to the right & be at Hoolyrood palace & to the left go to the castle.
Outside the front door are many pubs & restaurants. You are a 2 block walk from the main shoping strip and bus depot. The only draw back to this hotel were the ultrasoft beds. Beware if you have a bad back. The hotel was an excellent buy for the price.
Ask for Specials!
When I made my reservation, I asked if they had any 'specials' - they reduced the room rate by 60GBP/night, added free breakfasts every day, added 2 free dinners, added a free bottle of wine and chocolates, and added a free city tour. The best location in town - right on the Royal Mile. The staff went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. Our only complaint was that we had a saggy bed - so ask for twins. Excellent value for your money.
Great place to stay!
After having an awful experience at a B&B in Edinburgh, we picked up the phonebook and found the Crowne Plaza in Edinburgh. It's in a great location with shopping all around and easy to get to all of the sites in Edinburgh (easy walking distance). The staff was extremely friendly (couldn't say that for the B&B we stayed at). I'd recommend this hotel to anyone going to Edinburgh.