The Inn On The Mile
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Excellent location, not much more
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.
The hotel reception is actually the bar. Yes, the bar! One can order drinks from the same place as check-in. It's rather tight trying to roll luggage in from the street to the hotel room, as you have to squish bar patrons to get in the cramped door which leads to the rooms. Beware: We stayed in room 9, which was the furthest room from the ground floor; it felt like we had to climb a million stairs to get there, especially with luggage or after a long day walking around the city. I was definitely whining every time I found myself on those stairs, lamenting the fact that there was no elevator.
Room 9 was very spacious; it had a king bed and two extra twin beds. The decoration was rather kitschy though and not exactly the epitome of cleanliness. It's in need of an update and a new bedspread, carpet, etc. However, we did look into some of the other rooms nearby while they were being cleaned and they looked much nicer. All the rooms of this boutique hotel are themed, and thus decorated differently. I wouldn't recommend 9 as far as decor. Despite the hotel's very central location, we didn't hear much noise either from the bar below or the city outside. We could have just been so exhausted though, as Edinburgh was the end of a long trip to the UK. The bed was uncomfortable, but that seems to be a given for 3-star hotels in the UK.
As far as the included Scottish breakfast goes, it was definitely the worst out of all those we ate while on vacation. The choices were minimal, and they lacked the simple things such as jam or pastries. The staff seemed nice, but we didn't actually come in contact with them much--maybe because they were busy serving drinks.
All in all, this hotel is very reasonably priced, considering the fact that it's located right in the center of everything. It just takes some work to get to your room, and once there, it's up to you to determine if it was actually worth the trek. Ask for a room other than #9.
Great, but oh those stairs.
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.
We were given a room on the 2nd floor (that's 3rd floor for us yanks). Because of the two story Bar and high ceiling it was more like the 4th floor. 56 steps! (After 3 days we started counting). The room we got was small but most are much bigger. We faced the front of the hotel overlooking the Royal Mile. The location is the best in Old Town. The buses stop just down the street. The room was cleaned and maintained better than any we have seen in a while. They have two or three guys from Spain that do a wonderfull job.
Yes, the mattress and pillows are a little thin, but you can ask for more pillows.
The staff is wonderfull and helpful and knows everything about the city. The food is good and the Pub is open to quests 24 hours. You can't beat that!
The windows open so you can get fresh air but it gets noisy at 2 am when the Pubs let out and then again at 3 when the Clubs get out.
All in all a lot of fun but if it's sleep you want you may want to try someplace else...like home.
AS wonderful and quirky as Edinburgh itself!
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.
What is all the fuss!
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.
Not really a hotel
Visited March 2004 for 2 nights.
It's really a posh B&B. The ground floor is a busy pub, with the "reception" being part of the bar. You'll have to push through the drinkers to get to the little door which leads upstairs to the rooms (no lift).
The rooms are not spacious, but have character (albeit mostly cheap replica stuff). The rooms are reasonably sheilded from noise (it overlooks the main road into the town centre) but aren't quiet. The lower rooms (where we were) are very noisy from the bar - especially on Karaoke/Dance nights - often until 3 in the morning (followed by screaming drunks as they exit).
The main (er, only) benefit is centrality. It's only a few minutes to most of the attractions and right on the royal mile.
I wouldn't go back again - especially at £90 per night (my friends got it for £58 though). Stay next door in the Radisson SAS instead - not much more expensive and a proper hotel.
Anyone fancy haggis for breakfast!
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
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Apparently Edinburgh attracts around 1 million visitors every year; effectively tripling its population and making it the 2nd most visited destination in the UK. These figures were no great to surprise to me before we left given all the positive feedback we'd heard. I'd like to be able to say without a shadow of doubt that we loved our trip to Edinburgh - call it sleep deprivation or just unreasonably high expectations but sadly we didn't come ...
... for a bit of a walk around the city, and had dinner. It is stil cloudy and cool but pleasant outside. Les had Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, for dinner-- his first try at it, and a very expensive whiskey with it. We didn't take the camera, so haven't got a photo, but it is just Haggis with pumpkin and potato. He enjoyed it and said it was very tasty. He couldn't believe that it stayed so hot all the way thru. I stuck to a chicken snitzel with cheese and tomato, it was yummy ...