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After a smooth flight to Edinburgh (and a just about adorable free range egg salad with hollandaise sandwich), I collected my luggage and began looking for ground transportation to the hotel. I had heard about Air Link from Tripadvisor and sure enough, that was the hot deal...3.5# one way. Couldn't of been happier with that service. It was a two …
... as excitement covers their face followed by confusion because I am neither tan nor do I have bleach blonde hair. But I have never been a person who loves to lay out in the sun, so Edinburgh is the perfect place for me to be with its beautiful cloudy skies and crisp mornings.
I will enjoy my time here and look forward to the adventures that await me in the land of kilts!
... and the magnificent castle ever omnipresent. There are stalls set up cooking the most delicious Paella, German Sausage hot dogs along with the usual foods and the aromas make you so hungry even if you have just had a big bowl of muesli, fruit and yogurt!!!! There is Turkish delight (my favourite) in more flavours than I have ever seen before, middle eastern delicacies such as baklava which I also ...
... from battles long ago. After the castle, we still had about an hour before needed to head to lunch so the delegates were given some free time to shop. Then we headed to Birds and Bees for lunch. We had a private room in the back. Lunch was baked potatoes and salad. We were able to choose chili, cheese, or both as toppings for our potatoes. For dessert, we got sticky toffee pudding, which was like a soft sweet bread smothered ...
After a good nights sleep in our new surroundings, Dave went across the street and brought back breakfast and I stayed in finishing off the croissants and jam that Beth & Fiona left us. The sun was out and it appeared it would be a nice day. One forgets you're in Scotland, however! Dave and I turned right when we exited the apartment and headed up the hill for our first stop at the impressive and imposing Edinburgh Castle...located on castle rock. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Howard Edinburgh
Loved the Howard
We absolutely loved the Howard. If you are willing to spend the money do it, you will not be sorry. The rooms were beautiful, comfortable and very luxurious. The bath was wonderfull with a giant claw foot tub and a first rate marble tiled shower. The staff was the best. The butler was helpful in setting up dinner, giving recommendations. One night I called room service and asked them to make me a salad. They did and it was delicious with elegantly arranged spinach leaves and asparagus. The butler allowed me to go to a private whiskey club that the hotel is a member to. I did not request it but he offered to do it saying he felt they hadn't done enough for me. Good location within easy walking of pubs and dinner. Absolutely wonderful
We have just returned from our two night stay and wedding reception at The Howard, it was amazing !!!!!!
I have been advised to go and look at The Howard this year as apparently it has been refurbished. Good, it needed it. I cannot express the utter disappointment we felt at the hands of this group, we had our wedding booked here and after a nights stay, we cancelled it, we have yet to find another venue, I do feel slightly sorry for Joanne the General Manager, it is often the case that you have to work with the product you have but it doesn't excuse the lack of training and service from the staff and an intimate 5 star (whose rating is that btw? not AA) should exude personality. With a great deal of cash spent here this could be the best hotel in Edinburgh, sadly, it's not.
The Howard is simply the best place to stay when in Edinburgh. Even before we arrived the service we recieved between making our booking and arriving at the hotel was superb. The staff are very knowledgable and were able to offer some excellent advice on the must see sights and also some quirky shops which we would never have known about without their help.
My husband and I got married at The Howard in October 2004. It was absolutely perfect, just what we wanted.
We first stayed at The Howard in December 2004 for our wedding anniversary and we were very dissappointed. We normally stay at the Scotsman and had got used to the excellent location and the great beds. However we decided to stay somewhere different. We had booked a superior room from laterooms.com which was OK but not 5 star - not even 3 star. We mentioned some of the problems at reception on check out and instantly got 25% off the bill and lots of apologies, which made us feel a bit better. However we did still pass on the very negative omments card. 2 days later we had a personal letter from the General Manager to say that she was sorry we had not enjoyed our stay and inviting us back for a complimentary night when it suited us.
We stayed at the Howard for one night in late March. The hotel is nice, but it didn't live up to its advertising. First of all, we got there around 3 pm and there was some confusion as to whether our room was ready or not. We were asked to wait in the parlor--their webpage advertises a check in so smooth you'd hardly notice it. Then when our room was ready, our butler held the door for us so we could carry our own bags--so much for the ad. that mentions your personal butler who even unpacks your bags. Our didn't even carry ours! Then we had to ask 3 different times over the course of 45 minutes for an extension cord/transformer for my husband's breathing machine. Once I finally went to the office and showed a bit of impatience they said, "Oh we were told it was for a laptop, we didn't know it was important." Then it was finally delivered. Also the tv is some kind of complicated system that requires 2 remotes and has no sleep timer. Other than the somewhat rough start, the room was lovely, spacious, and very comfortable. The bathroom was huge, with two pedestal sinks, a large tub, and a big shower stall. Breakfast was good with a fairly large selection.
A highest possible quality stay!
Had a weekend at The Howard in April 2003. This a superb, discreet town-house near Princes Street in Edinburgh. From being shown into the drawing-room whilst your personal butler parks your car and takes your luggage to your suite, to the quality of the rooms, this experience cannot be surpassed. I recommend enjoying breakfast in your room - a great and stylish way to start the day. Staff are incredibly attentive - but discreet. A bonus (if these things are important) is that despite the high standards, room service costs for food and beverages are very reasonable. This is an 'adult' hotel - which simply enhances the experience if you are looking for a high class escape.