Review: The Edinburgh Residence

Edinburgh ResidenceThe Edinburgh Residence sounds like a home for retired headmistresses but it’s a quiet little gem of a hotel in the West End of the city.

The hotel: Baronial rather than boutique but none the worse for it. This is Edinburgh we’re talking about
The room we stayed in: No. 1, a large basement suite but the way the hotel is arranged it felt like a first floor looking out over the rooftops
The bed: Two twins put together. Firm-ish mattresses – I’d say a few years old but perfectly comfortable
Bedding: Good quality sheets. 10.5 tog super king duvet but pillows smelt oddly oily. Hair oil from the previous occupant? Not on all four pillows, surely. Maybe oily feathers (they were goosedown) – perhaps the wrong sort of goose? Not pronounced enough to be unpleasant but mildly distracting
Noise: Blissfully quiet as it’s the only room in that part of the hotel. And carpeted.
Light: A glimmer but not bad at all. The curtains were fully lined
Clean?: Yes.
Bathroom: Luxurious – with a jacuzzi bath and a very efficient shower once one had regulated the terrifyingly hot water.

Other reasons to stay
* Within easy walking distance of practically everything in central Edinburgh and Haymarket station
* Exceptionally nice helpful staff
* Good wifi
* Super-comfy sofa
* Walk-in wardrobe
* Large free bottle of mineral water. Nespresso machine. Fresh milk in fridge

toaster noticeDownsides?
* Honestly hard to think of one apart, perhaps, from the pillows. And we could always have asked for them to be changed
* You can’t take your own toaster, should you bizarrely want to. (There was a notice to that effect)

Cost: A bit extravagant, I must admit. £230 a night without breakfast. BUT it was a suite, and it was my birthday and it was during the Edinburgh festival where rooms were going for over £400 so we convinced ourselves we’d got a bargain. Because of the way the place is run like a kind of timeshare rooms appear to be booked up months in advance but they do get regular cancellations. Expect to pay around £150 at any other time of year, less if you’re lucky. (Last April we paid £120 a night I seem to remember.)

Would I go again?:
Definitely. It’s a really quiet spot in an attractive part of the city and very well run.

The Edinburgh Residence is at 7 Rothesay Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 7RY
0131 274 7405

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