Travel Blogs from Edinburgh
... by being executed and his body dissected in front of the crowds. Two wrongs may have made a right back then??
We walked up one of the many hills overlooking Edinburgh with Anna and had a couple of drinks at one of the old pubs along from the Palace.
So many people advised us to go further north to have a better look at Scotland and so we went up to Blair Atholl, had a look at the magnificent Blair Castle and stayed at Aberfeldy for a couple of ...
... buildings on either side. The tour was dark, warm, tight and underground and M had a bit of a bother with her claustrophobia but she was a trooper and sucked it up. It was a very interesting little tour and well put together but rather hard to describe. We did get a picture or two with one of them looking like C, Z and I but we wondered who the lady with us was?!?!?! It didn't look like M at all, it was kind of spooky. Throughout the tour C kept saying that ...
... of the people on the bus ended up being lined up behind us, and it was a tiny shop, with just one guy working by himself! We got some fish and chips, some deep-fried pizza and chips with curry sauce, which are all apparently really big over here, and are all delicious! We found a seat to eat at, and chatted with Kay and a few others from the bus. Then we went for a walk back to the bus, via a little cupcake stall! Yummy! Back on the bus, Kay passed around a book for ...
... the base to be kept filled with water for other canine friends. We then visited Gladstone's Land which provides a unique glimpse of life in the Old Town in an old 17th-century tenement building of the overcrowded Old Town. Completed in 1620, this was the home of a prosperous merchant and contains remarkable original painted ceilings which just blew Dave and I away. Very unexpected when you walked in. The building is the most important example of 17th-century ...
... became aware of the rugby madness on my flight to Edinburgh. Indeed, half of the passengers was Italian, Scotland's opponent in today's fixture. As fanatic and passionate as most Italians, they sure caused some atmosphere in the airplane.
Today, hours ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Melvin House Edinburgh
Great hotel/and plenty hot water
a nice quiet area minutes from princes street and all the sites. the bedroom was large and very comfortable we had a standard room the bathroom was filled with good quality shower and shampoo and skincream products, and plenty hot water. breakfast was a joy plenty of ceareals fresh fruit, and porage oats. main courses ranged from lovely omlettes to a full cooked breakfast, it kept us going till well into the afternoon. the staff were very friendly and the service was great. the hotel itselve was better than the pictures showed. I WOULD go back to the MELVIN HOTEL again and again
Great old house atmosphere
We had a great stay in this old georgian house. Beautiful entrance hall and public rooms. Clean rooms and huge breakfast. Loved the little lift. Service and hotel manager are very friendly- despite of other ratings before. They helped us very much with parking possibilities of the car where no fees are charged by the city. I cant understand why people complain about the distance - its no more than 10 minutes to Princess street. In total, its an excellent house in a nice and quiet area.
Having read the previous comments, it was with some trepidation that we booked this hotel although it turned out to be a pleasant experience.
The two points of this rating are really only for the building and the location. Very rude managers. Service slow and lacking basics i.e. friendliness and hospitality, but hey, after all, it's only a hotel. Considering the price of our stay, one of my worst experiences. It felt as if the managers liked their hotel, only the guests were a burden. With a little effort it could be a great spot.
Melvin House experience
Impressive looking small hotel, friendly welcome. Room basic but adequate for a short stay. There only appeared to be hot water in the mornings for some reason, so showering in the evenings was a bit chilly! A bit far from the main shopping and tourist routes, about 25-30 mins walk at average pace or £4 in a cab. This hotel has the tiniest lift I've ever seen, so if you aren't good in confined spaces and happen to be roomed on the fourth floor, be prepared for a hike up the stairs! Plenty of choice for breakfast, a bit slow to serve but good food when it came. Shame there is no evening restaurant service, some other options nearby about 10 mins walk, but not ideal if you have children with you.
Considering the price paid, £95per night, for a 3 night stay, this was hardly good value. The housekeeping was quite terrible (no clean towels), and the manner of the reception staff quite rude. Locationwise, ok but a bit of a walk into the main town area. Overall, not one I would reccommend.
Great little traditional hotel in the centre of Edinburgh!
I stayed at Melvin House for a long weekend in February 2005. Our room was at the back of the (impressive) building, and had fantastic far-reaching views towards Dean village and beyond. We had a Master room which was HUGE, nicely decorated in a traditional style, and very clean and comfortable. Location couldn't be better - only 5min walk to Princes Street but away from the hustle and bustle. Breakfast was very good with plenty of choice, and service excellent. Overall a great little traditional hotel in the centre of Edinburgh - highly recommended!
I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in February - and can highly recommend it! It is only a 5/10 minute walk to Princes Street (the main shopping street), and from here the other attractions are all easily accessible. We booked a standard double room which was a very good size, and had superb views of the castle. Everything in the hotel was very clean and well maintained, and the staff were very friendly and helpful! The breakfast was great, loads of choice. including cereal, fruit, cooked breakfast, muffins, cheese, ham, toast, croissants etc etc! I have recommended this hotel to everyone who wants to visit Edinburgh and will definitely be using it again myself! It offers exceptional value for money in a great location, you are just a 5 minute walk from some great restaurants.
Arrived in Edinburgh on June 23 without reservations. Stopped by a booking agency and found a room available at the Melvin Guest House Hotel for 3 nights. Hotel manager offered a reduced rate (80 GBP/night) for the hotel's smallest room. Reluctant but desperate, so booked it for 3 nights.
Great traditional townhouse property
My golf tour company has been using Melvin House for a few years. It is a traditional townhouse hotel in one of the few quiet locations in Edinburgh, yet only a few minutes walk from Princes Street. The rooms are large and in excellent condition. The hotel has a comfortable bar and serves a great traditional breakfast. There is no restaurant for other meals but it is just a short distance to a variety of great restaurants.The only downside can be the parking - it is on street and there are parking meters that operate during the day for 6 days a week, or you can use the NCP parking nearby.