Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James
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... In the castle my family and I saw the biggest cannon ever to be seen on earth. The three things of royalty there were the sword (a 9 foot long golden one), the crown, and the scepter.
The next cool thing we did was we went to the camera of obscura. It is a cool camera that projects on to a table. The rest of the building was 6 floors of illusions and fun! I liked the magic section the most. It had basically anything you could imagine.
... a simple meal and early night. Naturally, I ended up feasting and drinking with Regina and then musing on all the differences between Australia and America and the UK; delighting in all the small variations and discussing at length the politics of all the bigger and more serious differences over several beers.
My idea of a quiet evening all but abandoned at this point, we decided to head out into the night, and went to an Irish bar to see if we could join in on ...
... from William Wallace to current political issues. After the museum I had a cup of coffee and shortbread at the Elephant House, most famously the place were Harry Potter was written. Along with good coffee, the local whiskey and beer was pretty good and I can't wait to compare it to Ireland's drinking. I didn't get a chance to see the highlands of Scotland which are what most people recognize Scotland with. So I didn't ...
... and haunted it was not. I was super disappointed at the tour because it was nothing like I had thought or read about. I felt that my presentation was scarier than the actual tour. It was cool to see that there was an underground city and how people once lived, but I had expected so much more. All of us were super disappointed and extremely exhausted of our very eventful day. So, we headed back to the hotel to rest up before dinner. Well plans changed and I ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Thistle Edinburgh City Centre, The King James
Great Value for Money
Stayed there with my wife for 5 nights in February 2006.
Just a few steps from Waverly-Bridge bus station.
Just a few steps from Princess-street and a few minutes
walk from all tourist attractions.
Great Breakfast including Continental and Scottish menu.
Wonderful room view to Calton-Hill.
Really helpful and friendly staff. We had a booking for twin-room and the very next day following our request we got a warm double/smoking room with great view. We had a lot of questions about places to visit and we got all the answers we needed.
Need a window upgrade, need a bathroom upgrade, though nothing too disturbing just looked old and really used.
Real Value for Money, we enjoyed our staying.
Thank you Thistle !!
Good value, great location
Good location near the rail station and Princes St.
Room clean (apart from the kettle had not been wiped over). Beds lovely, room comfortable, staff very friendly and efficient, bathroom clean. Did not have breakfast because it would have been £12.50 each and we only like a very light breakfast so it would not have been good value for us. Will stay again if we can get the same rate £52 a night for a double/twin.
A c ouple of problems but overall quite good
I booked through Expedia and requested a double room, on arrival i was told that our request had not been met and all we could have was a twin, eventually after some unnecessary negotiations with the Housekeeping manager we were allocated a double. The room itself was ok but quite noisy, the pay tv did not work and the room service wasn't great as we didn't get what we ordered and they also charged us incorrectly. One bonus was that the room had sky sports which was great. watch out for the breakfast cost - £12.50 per person is extremely high when you can get much better quality and cost around the corner.
Apart from all the that, the hotel is located just off Princess Street which is great and the concierge was very helpful in finding as a restaurant for Sat night, he even booked it for us and a taxi to pick us up, in fairness the problems we had were dealt with quite well and didn't take away from our trip. I would stay in this hotel again purely because of the price and location.
Top value for money
Great location, great room size, very comfortable bed and impressive service. Thistle hotels might have an ugly exterior but their interior furnishings are 4 star all the way.
Staying anywhere more expensive is a waste of money - and the rates are cheap.
Very comfy stay at the Thistle...
Having requested a double, non-smoking, room through this site and after checking in late in the afternoon, we found ourselves in a smoking, twin room. A simple request for a swap through reception staff soon resulted in us being moved to what we had requested (even though they were under no obligation to do so). Both rooms were clean, tidy and of a good size. Breakfast (an extra when booking through this site) had everything that we could desire and service in the clean and attractive restaurant was very good. In spite of having a room above Leith Road there was little traffic noise heard inside. The third floor has a direct opening into a large shopping centre which, in turn, leads to Edinburgh's major bus terminus. This accessability turned out to very handy for getting back to Glasgow airport. Enjoy!
Thistle edinburgh - adequate but a bit tired
I stayed here for one night mid-week. Conveniently situated in the centre of the city, this is a large hotel with all the facilities you would expect from hotels of this size. My room was at the front and was a bit noisy but nevertheless comfortable. Initial impression was that it was clean and smart but after a while you spot the tiredness - faded and yellowing paint in the bathroom, a shower curtain which needed replacing, toilet seat that would not stay up, hurriedly finished decorating.
Staff were professional and efficient, but a bit dour - I don't recall a single smile during my stay! Breakfast was adequate and business-like - a busy restaurant with a very ordinary cooked breakfast even though the menu referred to local additions - I didn't spot them (unless you count locally purchased eggs and bacon etc which taste the same as they do anywhere else!).
All in all don't expect charm and character at this place - it is large, convenient and clean.
I had a great stay. I felt safe and well taken care of. The room was comfortable and after a long day of walking around, I was glad to be back in my room. The room was always clean. I had a view of Calton Hill and it was gorgeous, especially during sunrise.
Fantastic Hotel in the Heart of Edinburgh & Lovely Staff
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed out stay at the Thistle hotel and location is ideal for secure car parking and exploring the rich Scottish culture in lovely Edinburgh. We extend sincere thanks to the concierge, Jack, and the manager, Sharon for all their attentive, professional assistance. The Mary Stuart room we highly recommend. It was quiet, restful, clean and comfortable and the decor was very impressive in a Victorian style that was vibrant and charming with Japanese antique style decor.
We really enjoyed the use of the powered fans in the bedroom and lounge which we much prefer than air conditioning.
We stayed 3 nights in the Mary Stuart Suite on the 6th floor and it was FANTASTIC! In addition to a huge bathroom and bedroom, we had a wonderful living and dining area. Like the other reviewer, we faced Leith Street, but unlike her, we had no noise whatsoever.
The entire staff was wonderful and friendly, like all of the Scots we met.
We will be back to Scotland and Edinburgh!
My family stayed at the Thistle for 2 nights over Easter weekend this year. Our room faced the street and the traffic noise and loud voices drifting up from the street (we were on the 8th floor) were very loud. Not the fault of the hotel but ask for a room away from the street. The room my husband and I shared was lovely and clean. Our adult son had a single room-extremely small. The door hit the bed when opened-but also sufficient for one. Breakfast buffets were good and varied. Situated at the foot of Princes Street and connected to an indoor mall. Very convenient. Lovely hotel.