The Inn On The Mile
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Today we had to wave goodbye to the Lovat so after another awesome breakfast and getting the nicest little bag of cookies after check out we we're on the road again, Fort Augustus to Edinburgh via stirling turned out to be a longer drive than I thought it would, but on the upside we got to drive through some of the prettiest scenery and some of the cutest little towns I'd seen for a long time.
First stop on our castle hunting trip today was Stirling ...
... was gone, Sheila had breakfast and read her current book. When Skip returned, he had a short nap and we were off for seeing the parts of Edinburgh we hadn't seen on our previous trip. We took a bus to the Royal Mile and Skip had lunch at one place on the Mile and Sheila had a salad and took photos of lots of the people. Do you see the young woman with ...
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The location of the Bank Hotel is excellent. It's literally on the Royal Mile, only a couple of minutes by foot to Princes Street, a 15-minute walk to Edinburgh Castle and maybe 20 to Holyrood House.
We spent 5 days at the Bank Hotel in Jan of 05. We wanted an adventure and we got it. Check in went very well for being at the back of a packed pub. Don't try getting thru with a back pack on.
The Bank Hotel was a wonderful experience to add to our week long driving adventure throughout Great Britain. We stayed in a full range of accommadations that week from low budget guest houses in Wales to 4 star hotels in Dublin and the Bank Hotel was by far the most delightful. The theme of our room was Thomas Edison and we had a wonderful view of the old city streets from our window. The Staff was the best part. We were greeted with enthusiasm and our hostess steered us towards the best that Edinburgh had to offer, including the evening Ghost Tour, which was amazing in its authenticity. You cannot top the magnificent spread of a traditional Scottish breakfast, though I must admit Haggus was not for me! The only downfall was having to walk up several flights of stairs to get to our room and the Bar room could be a bit noisy, however we viewed these inconviences as being representive of visiting such a wonderful, quirky and old world European city as Edinburgh.
My partner and I went for a weekend in Edinburgh. We stayed at the Bank hotel! reading reviews before travelling got us a little worried! we got there and wondered what all the fuss was about. IT WAS FINE! the staff were friendly and polite the room was clean (we even came into a complementary bottle of champagne on ice when returned from a night out) There was some street noise but if you shut the windows properly it is hardly there!!!!!! there was a variety of choices for breakfast! fair enough there was no lift so it is not a hotel for less mobile or for lazy people but walking up a maximum of two flights of stairs will burn off all that rich food and alcohol you devour!!!!! you may think 90 pound is expensive but if you want a hotel in the centre of edinburgh and reasonable accomodation then you have to pay it i am afraid you are 5 minutes from princes street not 20!!!
Not for the tired
I would not stay here again. My husband and I stayed for two days at the end of a week's vacation. After we went through the bar to a little door in the back, up the dirty stairs, down the dirty halls, we got to a big dingy, dark room. The whole place smelled of smoke. You could open the windows for light and fresh air but the noise never stopped from the streets outside.
I suppose it could have been worse but it didn't seem so to a couple of tired travelers. We couldn't sleep so we left the hotel early on both days and did not even try the breakfast that was included.
The only thing good I could say is that is does have a good location on the Royal Mile but there were many other hotels very nearby to choose from. We would suggest any alternate one.
Wanted to visit Edinburgh for ages, so actually went there last year in October for my wedding anniversary. Walked to the Bank from the station, and was not disappointed by first impressions. Had a complimentary drink on arrival, staff were very friendly carrying our bags to our room. Bed was huge and comfy, bathroom was lovely, sort of Victorian design. Although very busy bar, there was no noise at night to disturb you, even though it was open til late. Breakfast was an eye opener, anything you wanted. The full Scottish breakfast had so many items on it, including haggis. This meal set you up for the day, and really did not have any need to eat again until the evening. We visited during the Rugby World Cup, and were surprised to go down for breakfast at eight, and there would be customers alreading drinking. What a laugh. The location was excellent too. Spent most of the time wandering in and out of all the bars. Brilliant. Can't wait to visit again
Best Hotel ever
Have just spent 2 nights at the Bank Hotel and have to say it was fantastic, the food was good, the staff very helpful, brilliant location and the bedroom was to die for. We will be going back very soon.
It has its good points
This place is fun to stay at for a variety of reasons. The bar downstairs is open 24 hours for guests. The full Scottish breakfast is very good and inexpensive. The location is awesome (just down the street from the Castle). Our party got two rooms in this hotel in August 2002. It was festival season and the hotel's atmosphere was fun and happening. Unlike a nearby luxury hotel, you can actually open the huge windows and get fresh summer air at the Bank. The streets were noisy most of the night, but it was fun. The beds were clean in both rooms, but only one of our bathrooms was acceptable. The Robert Burns room is very nice, with 4 big windows and a pretty nice big open bathroom. I recommend this one, its cool!
Don't Bank on it!
My husband and I spent two nights at the Bank Hotel two years ago. The pictures on the web, and the idea of a small hotel with "theme" rooms, sounds fine, but really the place is run by the pub downstairs, and there is very little attention paid to the rooms above. Hallways are dirty. We were initially given a room that hadn't been cleaned. We were switched to another room, purportedly clean, but later--when we were too tired to complain--we found the bedspread was spotted with crusts of dried food. The mattress was pathetic. I refrain from rating this hotel as "terrible" only because it is tolerable compared to other places I've stayed, and the location is good. Highly not recommended