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... lived in the 17th century. Fairly unbelievable in size of dwellings, slope of ground, dire facts of daily life, archeological findings - and, of course, folklore from the period.
We then walked The Royal mile that stretches from the Castle (scene of last night's Tattoo) to the Royal Holyrood Palace. Trickier than it sounds because of the rain, the therefore slick cobblestone passages and the fact that the yearly Edinburgh Fringe Festival ...
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The next day I put my large luggage in a locker and put five days worth of clothes in my carry on and headed ...
... the ceiling or standing on the floor. There was a t-Rex, an elephant, sharks and so many more. It was an impressive display. Right outside the room there was the skull of a sperm whale. I could have made a home inside that skull. It was so big that it was almost hard to believe it was real.
After the animal room we had a quick wander through some of the Scottish history rooms. We played a little dress up at one point and got a weird look from a ...
... is fired so that everyone is on the same time. Very antiquated but cool.
After the castle we walked to the Elephant House. This is a coffee house and restaurant that is the birthplace / inspiration for the Harry Potter Novels. Evidently J.K. Rowling would frequent the place the view out the window to Edinburgh castle was the inspiration for much of her stories. The view of the castle from the window actually looks ...
Back home in Scotland with my family.
I'm finding it difficult articulate my feelings about my journey. It seems in many ways much more than the distance travelled of 74,000 km through 23 countries.
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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.
Staff friendly and water hot
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 hotel is situated in the West End just a few yards from the Bonham Hotel. There are numerous good restaurants and bars within walking distance as well as an excellent bus service. Our room at the front was spacious, clean and quiet. Contrary to a previous comment the water was hot all day, the towels changed daily and the toiletries replenished. The staff when approached were friendly and helpful at all times.
There was a good choice of hot and cold food at breakfast and we were asked more than once if we required extra toast etc. We didn't frequent the bar, though it looked pleasant, nor did we use the library which looked impressive.
A comment was made previously about the distance to the City. It is a 10-15 min walk to Princes Street but you can jump on a number of buses at the top of the road which will take you to the centre. The bus service is excellent - we paid £2.30pp to travel all day in the City and surrounding area.
We visited Lauriston Castle which is open at the weekend in winter from 2-4. We walked round the grounds, took in the views across the Firth of Forth, strolled through the japanese peace garden and enjoyed a conducted tour of the house which was fascinating and well worth the entrance fee.
If you are looking for a good pub, jump on the bus and go to the Kings Wark in Leith - the mussels are superb!
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.
Superior Guest House Hotel
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.
Neighborhood is quite and charming but a 30-minute walk to the city center. Victorian style townhome converted to a classy hotel. Manager is very friendly and honest. Smallest room in the house is plenty big for two light-packing adults. The ensuite bathroom is almost as big as the "small" room. Charming furniture and décor. Good quality bed linens and towels. View of the village in the valley with stream running through.
Room rate includes a breakfast that will set you until late in the afternoon. Includes a cold buffet of fruit, cereals, and yogurt; Scottish porridge; choice of 4 hot breakfasts (one choice is full Scottish breakfast); and juice, coffee, or tea. All served by friendly waitresses.
Enjoyed the hotel and staff so much that we stayed on an extra 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.