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When we arrived in Edinburgh it was gearing up for the Fringe and we got to two comedy gigs - the best one was Mitch Benn doing a preview of his show. We're big fans and enjoyed the show and meeting him afterwards. Like Al, he's a McLeod on his Mum's side too!
We did a terrific tour of the city that took in a historic graveyard, Harry Potter-related points ...
... of course we got a slight rain shower too! Luckily, it stopped and got cloudy so that was better.
Across the road from us, lots of school kids arrived and sat in their especially reserved areas. People came around handing out free flags to wave and Emma had fun with that.
The Queen arrived just after 12.30pm and drove the long way around the square, past all the waiting people and she and the Duke waved as they passed. ...
... we stopped at a bronze age site called Clava Cairns, a sort of ancient burial sight that was also linked to the solstices. It's also an important spot in the Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon, which I have yet to read... For lunch we were in Kingussie and went to another pub as a group. It was really nice inside with a fire going and wooden log type beams for the pillars and ceiling of the building. Very pub-like, haha. I enjoyed a nice ...
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For Guidebooks I prefer the Footprint Series but I now get as many as I can out of the library and make notes or sometimes (very naughty) scan the odd page. I may download some on this trip.
... my exact seating location, but I had a general idea. It turns out that I’ll be seated higher than I thought, but hopefully will still have a good view.
By this time it had started raining, so I was glad that I had tucked my Umbrella into a pocket of my Travel Vest. As I exited the Castle, I noticed a Tattoo merchandise shop on the right side, so I figured I might as well buy my souvenirs now, rather than deal with crowds during the Tattoo ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rick's Edinburgh
Great room, noisy exterior!
We stayed in Rick's on a saturday night, having finally made it to edinburgh after a nightmare journey (cancelled flights etc...)
The staff were welcoming from the beginning and the atmosphere was classy and luxurious while remaining informal and chilled.
The room we had was lovely...huge bed, great decor and well stocked...nice touches like exclusive scottish gins and whiskies in minibar and delicious tummocks teacakes and caramel bars!
The restaurant downstairs was lovely. waiter was fantastic and everyone was so friendly. It was also great that the restaurant served breakfast up until 12pm so there was no mad rush to get up with a hangover from the previous night's cocktails!!
My only complaint would be the amount of noise outside the room. We were awoke by drunk party animals kicking the bottle skip outside on at least two occasions, and then by said skip being emptied (and refilled!!) twice, at about 8am on sunday morning.
I know this isn't strictly their fault but it's definitely something that could be improved upon.
I took my husband to Ricks as a surprise for our wedding anniversary. I was really looking forward to it as I'd read great thinks about it. I wasn't disappointed! We have stayed in some top class hotels in various parts of the world but Ricks is head and shoulders above the rest. The funky atmosphere, cool clientele and fabulous cocktails were all brilliant; but what made our stay was the staff - they simply couldn't do enough for us. We ate in the restaurant the first night and the food was some of the best we've ever had. I would recommend it every time!!
Enjoyable stay at Rick's
Stayed for two nights, although the room was not huge but the bed was! Everything that you could want from a hotel room was provided, Iron and board, dvd/tv, ensuite bathroom with heated mirror so you can shave whilst the wife is having a shower! They provided complimentary mineral water and newspaper, the mini bar was very reasonably priced and well stocked. We were on the top floor and the only noise we heard was the bin men in the morning.
Breakfast was included in the price and there was a good choice, I had the mixed grill which included Haggis!
Rick's bar is good for drinks, the hotel location is ideal and the staff were all helpful and friendly!
Ok, but lacked something special
I was expecting something special when we booked Ricks, so was really disappointed when we were shown to our 'tiny' room. The room had everything that you needed, bed, dressing table, tv & dvd, but that was about it. No drawers for storage space and a tiny wardrobe.
The staff however were excellent and nothing was too much trouble. The cocktail list was excellent too and we had a really nice night on the Friday night. This was ruined though by being kept awake for most of the night due to noise outside our room, bins, people you name it, it was all going on. Breakfast too was a disappointment.
On the whole Ricks was ok, and for the money I suppose good value as the location is excellent. If they could sort out the noise issue I would consider returning.
Great place to stay
Stayed at Rick's for 3 nights during the festival. Good rooms with all the goodies, on the smallish size but more than adequate. Great staff, good food. Well worth the money. Very close to everything - easy walk to Princess st and the Royal mile.
My friend and I stayed at Ricks for a girlie shopping break. The room was small and the bathroom very small. Although small the room had every amenity you could want although the decor was not very exciting. We ate dinner in Ricks restaurant which was excellent and so were the cocktails!!!! Great staff in the bar and restaurant. Fantastic atmosphere, but not for anyone who likes peace and quiet. Dont know if we would stay again, but will certainly be back to eat and drink.
THE place to stay in edinburgh
This place was recommended through a friend of a friend and having not visited edinburgh before we did not know what to expect, especially as ricks does not have a rating. We checked in late afternoon after a long drive and were greeted by very friendly and attentive staff who took us to our room. FAB, huge bed, all mod cons, exceptionally well stocked mini bar, and some great fluffy bathrobes to relax in. Room service was quick and efficient and the food was great. This place is central to everywhere you could possibly want to visit in edinburgh and we will certainly be looking forward to visiting ricks again!
Great stylish place
A brilliant hotel......the rooms are really stylish and comfy with all mod cons including fluffy bath robes. The food in the restaurant is delicious and the menu excellent, with efficient but laid back staff. The rooms are on the small side and you can hear bottles being emptied in the morning, but this is more than made up for by the luxury of the room. This place would definitely be my first choice on any further trips to Edinburgh.
Noisy with small rooms
We arrived at about 8pm on a Friday night and had to fight our way through a packed and jumping bar to get to the room, which we really did not need after a long journey. The room was very small, over looking bins in an alleyway - later on we were woken by these bins being filled up, bottles being tipped into a bottle bank and carousers coming out the restaurent that was also below the window. Breakfast was good but not for my wife who is allergic to dairy. They told us everything is pre-cooked in butter and would not cook a replacement. We checked out after 1 night.
Fantastic boutique hotel
I am a picky traveller!. I booked a room at Ricks having trawelled through numerous websites and reviews of hotels in Edinburgh as I wanted to make the stay perfect. The hotel was reviewed by Conde Nast Traveller and sounded great. I was not disappointed. It is not a 'hotel' in the normal sense of the word, but is a restaurant that has 10 rooms adjoining. The rooms were modern and spacious. Molton Brown products, towelling robes, DVD and CD player all added to the experience. Ricks restaurant and bar was trendy and lively and did a great breakfast (included in the room rate). The staff were wonderful, helpful and recommended other restaurants to us and places to visit.
All in all a top place to stay and although a little pricier than some places I looked at, I would go back here without hestitation.