The Carlton Hotel
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We slept until 8:00 today. It felt so good to get caught up on sleep. We took our time this morning as we were free until 1:00. We went to breakfast and Larry got Haggis, a traditional Scottish savory pudding made of sheep's heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt. I tasted it and it was good. We also had eggs, …
We were up at 6:00, bags in the hall by 6:30. Then off to breakfast and on the motor coach to King's Cross Station at 7:40. We arrived at the station in good time and wheeled our luggage into the train station. We were supposed to be able to stay in the First Class Lounge for free but when we got there we were told it would cost 5 pounds each. So …
... something to accompany our award-winning haggis (cider and beer!).
We were blown away by how tasty the haggis was; way too big sadly, but just delicious. The cider and beer went down very well, too, as did our celebratory dram, as we toasted our joint success in navigating the backroads of Leith, despite the lack of road signs and directions! I had had something of a shock when I realised at one point that we were on the same road where my Grandma's nursing ...
... the worlds largest scotch whiskey cellar. While in there they teach you how to drink it. I guess like wine, swirl, check out the legs, sniff 3 times to get the true smell, then drink. If you add a bit of water it changes the taste as well. Finished that got to keep my glass. The. Went down to the shop where they were sampling Johnny Walker Blue label. £189 a bottle. Came back to the hostel, a matching band went by playing drums and penny whistles I believe. No idea what it ...
We spent our morning in Chester taking in all the magnificent Tudor buildings, excavated Roman walls & amphitheatre and walking amongst "the rows", which are very old, three tiered shopping arcades. Once again, Stuart & I opted out of the "guide led group walk" and did our own thing. When a town is as simply laid out, as Chester is, it's quite easy and infinitely more preferable to ditch the group and just wander around.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Carlton Hotel Edinburgh
A few short blocks from Waverly Station but still too much walking for hubby with bad back. Easy check in and room was fine although quite warm as the city was experiencing some very fine summer weather. Only complaint was the bed; hard as a rock, or extra-firm, would best describe it. Older bones needed a little less emphasis on the pressure points. Otherwise a fine spot and easy asccess to restaurants and pubs.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Carlton Hotel Edinburgh
I recently went there in february for my honemoon and all i can say is outstanding... i had no complaints at all and we will be returning again next feb for our anniversary!outstanding.
What makes this hotel so ideal is its location. My room overlooked the Waverly Train Station and faced Princes Street with a side view of the magnificent Calton Hill. As I was there for Hogmanay, I appreciated being able to walk right out the front door and over the bridge to Princes' Street or up the street to the Castle etc. However, because of my room's placement, I heard all of the announcements for train arrivals at all hours of the day and night. My twin bedded room was small with barely a place for my suitcase but came with all the modern conveniences; the bathroom was large and beautifully modern. I stayed a better part of a week; cleaning was pefunctory and dusting was obviously not someone's forte. The restaurant was staffed with very pleasant and attentive staff, and the food was consistently quite good whether it was for breakfast or dinner. The concierge was quite knowledgeable and sincere; front desk/reception staff was extremely youthful and somewhat inexperienced, but eager to please. Although not the most attractive devices, I was glad to use the sweets and snacks machines found outside the lifts in the lobby. I would recommend this hotel for an Edinburgh stay.
Great place to stay
My wife and I stayed here over Xmas, 2003. The hotel has clearly been renovated recently. We stayed for 4 nights; rooms are very clean and well laid out. The hotel could not be in a more convenient location. It is just off the 'Royal Mile' and is located near all tourist areas of the city. We found that the staff were especially friendly and obliging.
Great Hotel and Great Location
My wife and I recently stayed here. Great location near all major attractions and right on the Royal Mile. The lobby is fresh and clean. The room was quite large with a great bathroom. I think our floor, if not the whole hotel was recently redone. Very clean and the breakfast was great. I got a $55 GBP rate thru Orbitz, so dont believe that this place is too expensive.
A wonderful stay
I took my partner to Edinburgh for the weekend and we stayed in the Carlton hotel for a saturday night. I must say that this hotel helped to make this weekend absoutely wonderful!The hotel is a 3 minute taxi ride from Edinburgh's main station and is situated in the heart of this beautiful city. Our room was not quite ready when we arrived so we had cream tea in the hotel bar/restaurant. As it was my partner's birthday, I bought a special birthday package, so on our arrival to our room there were a bunch of flowers, chocolates and champagne to greet him. The room was exquistely furnished- all I can say is WOW! The room didn't have the best view of the city, but this didn't detract from the beauty of the room.The hotel staff were very friendly and efficient. We went to the theatre which was a mere 5 minute walk down the road and restaurants are flanked all round the hotel and beyond.You will have a truly wonderful stay at the Carlton Hotel.
Had a weekend break here- had a fabulous time. Staff are all very friendly and always happy to help. The hotel is in the city centre which can be a parking problem but they do vallet parking for £12 a night which is what you'd pay for 24 hour parking at a car park anyway.
When you're checking out they drive your car to the front door for you.
Room was fabulous. Very spacious with great views of the city and although you're up above a very busy street, you can't hear a thing.
Bathroom had obviosly been renovated recently and was beautiful. Had a fridge and mini bar but beware- the mini bar which has snacks too, has an infrared sensor, and if an item is moved, you will be charged for it unless you take the item down to reception to show them that you haven't eaten it!!! Only found that out when my husband took out a kitkat chunky to show it to me!!!! We were staying on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Breakfast was great- bigg buffet with cooked food, fruit, cereals etc. Dinner was a dressy affair. Food was lovely. Got a weekend deal which was cheap. Don't know that I would pay full price though. Will definitly be returning to this hotel.
Needs to just polish up slightly to bring it up to its 4 Star rating...
I have listed some of the features of the Hotel in order of merit and graded each on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best:1. LOCATION - The Hotel could not be better placed right within the heart of the city - just a stones throw from the royal mile, the train station, princess street, Harvey Nicols.....etc 10/102. SERVICE - The staff were well mannered and freindly. Generally no problems there, 9/10.3. INTERIOR - The main entrance is very well presented as are the bedrooms which are comfortable, adequately equipped and reasonably spacious 9/10.4. LESUIRE CENTER - this feature was pretty disappointing to be honest. All of the required facilities were there, sauna, steam, etc. , but the level of fixtures and fittings were below standard. There were tiles falling off the walls in places and part of the pool area was cornered off as light building work was being carried out. I would be very disappointed if I had been going there to make good use of these lesuire facilities, 4/10.5. FOOD - not particularly good. The dishes generally had some good points and bad points. For example, one evening I decided to order a Sirlon Steak with trimmings. When I received the dish, the Steak was cooked to perfection and of good size, however the acompanying vegetables were terrible. They were beyond recognicion and this is not an exaggeration. I though I may have just been unlucky but this was not the case as my meal proved on the other night. I ordered Profiterolls for desert and they were clearly frozen ones and the cream was artificial. The soup was good however and Breakfast was excellent. Evening Meals 3/10, Breakfast 7/10.SUMMARY:Overall, I feel this Hotel did not meet its 4 star rating. It did lack in certain areas, especially in the food department. The price however, £45 per adult per night with Dinner included was pretty reasonable compared to other hotels in the area. If you are looking for somewhere which is cheap and cheerful then the Carlton is probably the place.
Like it, yeah...
nice hotel, placed perfect on the north brigde. service ok+ breakfast ok+ clean ok+
Standard of service
It is advertised as a four star hotel, the first occasion I stayed there it was wonderful. The second time -not so good. The room was not very clean, the service and standard in the restaurant was not very good, thus I left very disappointed. As rates are expensive we expected more
Carlton Highland Hotel - an experience
This hotel is well situated for all of Edinburgh's attractions. It has a small car park for guests. It is currently being upgraded from 4 to 5 star rating. The rooms are what you would expect at this price. Food is fine. The health Club is what lets this place down. I would have expected a more up-to-date place but the gym equipment is old, the 2 squash courts are OK, the pool is small (tiny) and the changing rooms/showers have seen better days. The hotel chain should spend some money here to bring it into line with the rest of the hotel.