Hudson Hotel & Bar
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August 1: We began the day on the bus again, this time headed to Stirling Castle. Stirling Castle had fantastic city views, which you can see through some of the pictures. We walked through a lot of the rooms including the great hall, the queen and kings rooms, the chapel and much more. We then headed to Loch Lomond for some lunch. It was very pretty but we didn't see much of anything there. After another long bus ride we ...
... Huge flakes of snow! Lots of wind. Most of it melted as it had rained but then it started to 'build up'. Yay! Snowman tonight.....
Well, no go with the snowman. It finished in about 1hr but I WAS IMPRESSED! Some of the flakes looked like feathers falling from the sky they were so big!
On the boring side, job going well as it can be.
No news about moving to #4 but hopefully mid-March or earlier (fingers crossed).
Slid down the stairs in ...
... a pub right next door to our hotel, so rather than offend anyone up there, we went in for a beer and a meal on the Thursday night. A pleasant young thing chirped away "Ok, so which part of Oz are you guys from?" - should have picked the accent, but didn't. "Byron Bay" says us - not expecting the world to know of Mullumbimby's existence. "Oh wow!"- says the young thing "I'm from Alstoneville". - only a matter of time, I suppose, before something ...
... have an individually catered for breakfast rather than the self serve at the hotels. Gareth, the owner of Froach House is a young bloke who bought the property 10 years ago and has refurbished it well. It is a nice place and we have been spoilt with "extra" touches. Set off at 9.30 and returned at 8pm. Found the information place easily and booked the "on off bus" with a live coach -good move. First hop off, Royal Mile. What an amazing place - ...
... Britannia is moored in Edinburgh harbour. We had a look at it from the outside but didn't pay for the tour to go onboard. According to the people we had breakfast with it was quite good but not decked out as lavishly as some as the other palaces or manors that they had seen. We will plan where to stay for the next 3 nights and then I'm off to the pub for a beer. We had dinner at another local pub. The beer, food and company were all ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hudson Hotel & Bar Edinburgh
Luxury! Didnt want to leave the Room
I booked this Hotel on Lastminute.com for a weekend away in Edinburgh with my boyfriend for his birthday.
After weeks of trailing through websites and tripadvisor looking at reviews this one seemed to have the best write ups and the best price as I found the Hotels in Edinburgh to be quite expenlsive.
We arrived on the Friday at noon and our cheak-in wasn't until 2pm. The staff at reception where very helpful and said we could leave our bags there until then.
We came back after a bite to eat (over the road is Ryans Bar great bistro food) and got our bags and went up to our room. It was luxury dark wood floor and walls with high ceiling very contemporary. The bathroom was lovely and clean with white fluffly towels and bathrobes, Molton Brown toiletries, very modern fittings and the bath and shower were very good. It was not a massive room but everything was very organised and lots of storage and hanging space.
The mini bar fridge was a decent size enough room to put you own drinks in if you wish and room service was brilliant we ordered a bit to eat on the saturday before we went out and it came to our room within ten minutes...greeted with a young man in a kilt!!
We were not bothered by housekeeping until we left our room and we had to cheak out at 11 but know one rushed us we left around 11.30.
In all it is a fanastic hotel great value for money very central near George Street and Princes Street, friendy staff and there is a bar and club next door so its great to go down and start you night there. I would recommend this Hotel to anyone - made the weekend even better.
Stayed at the Hudson for a weekend and very impressed. The hotel is a small boutique hoel so don't expect full hotel services and the reception is a small desk in the coffee shop. The rooms are compact but great and very well finished. The bar is lively but did not cause any problem with noise. Breakfast does seem a little dear but Ryans across the road is good value.
This is a great hotel in the perfect location if you are walking in the city centre !
Nice Modern Hotel
Just come back from a 4 night stay at the Hudson. Surprised by the problems experienced by the previous user. Thought the hotel was clean, modern and the room was very good although we did have an exec room on the 2nd floor booked via the hotel for £87 a night! Beware that if you are driving there is no car park so you have to park and pay at the local NCP ( Approx £11 a day). Overall would recommend to others looking for a descent hotel in the city with a great location!
A Great Weekend
A great hotel in a superb location, very close to all the hubub of town yet in a quiet area away from road noise or passing revellers. we did have a little lost sleep one evening because of a group of singing drunks outside, but this is not the fault of the hotel, and this really is kind of expected if you stay in a city centre. lovely clean room, attractive decor, friendly & helpful staff. the room could have done with being a little large with better storage for clothes and more space for toiletries, but we were only staying in edinburgh 2 nights so this was no problem for us. The room was well equipped with iron and board, hairdryer, safe, robes, tea & coffee making facilities. We booked the standard room online via a discount website linked from trip advisor and for little more than the cost of a room in somewhere like a holiday inn this was definately worth it. we ate breakfast in the hotel bar every morning where they offer a good choice and relaxed atmosphere. i would stay in this hotel again but maybe spend a few pounds more and go for the executave room, purely on an issue of space.
Sadly the experience was not a good one from start to finish. I checked in with an exceedingly large and heavy suitcase and as my room was not ready (even though it was 4pm!) I had to take it down two flights of stairs to a small cupboard for safe keeping. The sweet girl on reception was far smaller than me and so was able to offer assistance with this. I later had to bring it back up to my room myself (there was no lift connection between the store cupboard and my room) dragging the bag up several flights of stairs).
When I was eventually granted access to my room the room key did not work and I had to return to reception to rectify this. No apology was offered for this but a rather begruding explanation regarding the problems they were having with the key system.
The advertised Wifi connection did not work (I had a lot of work to do and this was one of the main reasons for selecting this hotel) and there was no other way of connecting to the internet available in my room and nobody available to assist.
The television only worked on the standard terrestrial channels although Satellite etc, is advertised as a standard.
I was sitting in my bath robe in my room when my door burst open and an extremely drunk gentleman let himself in. He was very apologetic and was obviously another recipient of the problematic key system. When I telephoned downstairs to let reception know the lady was very apologetic too. She handled the situation as well as could be expected.
Nowhere on the web site that sold me the room did they mention that there is a night club/bar underneath the rooms, it was particularly noisy until the early hours..
The stag party (of whom the drunken gentleman was a member) went in and out of each others rooms all night along my corridor getting louder and drunker all the time. A combination of noise and not being sure that they weren't going to re-enter my room prevented me from getting any sleep at all.
When I checked out the receptionist did say that she knew that I must have had a bad night (she was very aware of the noise from the stag party), I realise that she is powerless to do much about other guest noise but a gesture towards my bill would have prevented me from telling everybody that I meet never to stay in the Hudson. It takes more than chucking a couple of throws across the end of the bed and getting the staff to wear black to make a designer hotel!
The Hudson Hotel was clean, brand new, and I just loved its decoration! I also appreciated the Molton Brown products!
The room wasn't really spacious, but it had everything I needed: bathrobe, tea, cookies...
I don't recommend to have the breakfast there, as the food is not really good, especially the coffee! Go to the Ryan's Cafe, just across the street, to have a Illy coffee and a better though less expensive breakfast.
Also, doublecheck the amount charged, as our rate per night was not the same on the bill as it was when we booked on the phone.
A cool place to stay!
Fabulous room, fabulous location!
I stayed at the Hudson Hotel for 3 nights during the Festival and couldn't have been more pleased! The hotel is a short walk from the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. It is also near the great shops, restaurants and bars between Prince and Queen. I stayed in #201, an executive room that is actually on the 4th floor of the hotel. The room was spacious - great wood floors and high ceilings; the decor was very stylish, yet understated; and the bed was heavenly. It could not have been any cleaner. As for the bathroom, the water pressure is fantastic; the Molton Brown products are a nice touch; and the towels are high quality. There are also great robes and slippers in the closet and there is plenty of storage space. The bar and cafe on the ground level are both terrific and the bar serves a delicious and reasonably priced breakfast starting at 7AM. The staff was polite and helpful. Although parking was a few blocks away in a municipal lot, it seemed safe and as a woman, I was comfortable walking from the parking lot back to the hotel after dark. I would move into this hotel if I could.
Really nice hotel close to city centre
This hotel is a really nice hotel. The rooms are very nice and modern and large enough. The design was very nice - really chic and trendy. I was here only overnight during the Edinburgh Festival, and got my room for £119 from lastminute.com. I think if I was staying there for a longer period, I would have liked some sort of a view, the rooms are quite dark, but for the price I paid, I think this hotel is fantastic. It is a 4 block walk (5 minutes) from North Bridge and Balmoral Hotel, so it is very central and in an extremely nice area of Edinburgh City. The photos of the hotel website are pretty accurate as to what you actually get in reality. Bathroom was very nice with little touches like a fresh orchard stem in the bathroom and main room. There are two great bars attached to the hotel where you can have a relaxing drink. The one weird thing was the reception, which is a tiny little desk/bench in the corner of the bar!! Weird, but fine!! They also allowed me a late check out of 2 hours after normal time, which was nice of them - considering they were so busy during the Festival.
I would highly recommend this hotel... has everything you need.
Enjoyed very much
It was a very pleasant experience to stay at Hudson Hotel, very different from what i saw in Scotland. The room was excellent, so clean that I didn't see for long time ago. The staff very pleasant and helpful.
Pleased with hotel
We ended up staying here because all our others choices were booked. (Booked the day of check-in.) I think the hotel had opened about 6 days before we got there. Check-in went smoothly and our room was ready early. Only complaint was they wanted to charge us more than what they quoted us on the phone. We got this sorted out but just be aware. The rest of the bill was fine.
I was pleased with the room. It was decorated in dark colours and had a very modern look. The room wasn't very large but it suited us just fine. Only complaint about the room was the bed was in the very hard category. For that price beds should be better quality. It was a split king and the seem was more obvious then most. Pillows were good. Shower pressure was good. One other tiny problem was they had a hair dryer in the room but no plug-in outlets near either of the mirrors. We had a standard room.
I really like the restaurant/bar there and enjoyed the food. The staff at the bar were great. I had the pan fried udon noodles.
Loved the location!
Overall we were pleasantly surprised and satisfied.