The U.K.’s second most popular city for overseas visitors, there are plenty of good reasons to visit Edinburgh. The Scottish capital is home to incredible historic architecture, festivals that bristle with creative energy, and stunning natural beauty. With so many tourists flocking here hundreds of hotels have opened to cope with demand, so it can be difficult to pick one out above all the others. On our recent visit we stayed at the Holiday Inn Edinburgh City West, a modern property offering some of the city’s cheapest rooms.
The hotel is part of the burgeoning Holiday Inn chain, a brand that currently boasts some 238,440 rooms across the world, hosting more than 100 million guest nights each year. We are happy to report that, after a short stay at Edinburgh City West, this particular branch strictly upholds the standards that have made this firm so popular and successful.
The hotel was not so impressive at first, as pedestrian access from Queensferry Road is unclear and impractical, with guests needing to walk up a narrow roadway and set of steps to reach reception. A safer and more easily negotiable pedestrian footpath to Craigleith Crescent also exists, but we did not discover it until we checked out, and this is not the route by which most guests will arrive.
Receptionists were bright and cheery, and check-in took a matter of seconds. Our room was clean, spacious and well designed, with a newly renovated feel to the decor. As soon as one steps through the doors the television turns on, welcoming new guests with room information. The are a wide array of British HD channels, though few international options. A large workspace, kettle with complimentary teas and coffees, wide double beds and a choice of firm or soft pillows marked this hotel out as offering a bit more than your typical budget offering. The view out of the window, however, was most impressive of all, with unimpeded views across the city all the way to Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and even the Forth, a truly panoramic vista.
Make sure to ask for rooms with a city view on booking, otherwise you will simply have a window looking out across the sprawling suburbs and nearby agricultural fields.
The bathroom was pleasant, with a powerful and efficient shower, and a range of free toiletries such as razors, shaving cream and combs available on request. The lighting was also better than usual, with guests able to adjust lights according to their mood. Unfortunately, complimentary internet was not offered, and rates to access to the hotel’s wifi system were the most expensive we have seen anywhere.
As a small, densely packed city, Edinburgh is great for walking, but unfortunately this hotel is a little too far away from the city centre for guests to amble back after a long day’s sightseeing. Some two miles from Princes Street, it is recommended that you take a bus into town, and thankfully a number of frequent routes pass right by the hotel. Alternatively, popular districts such as Stockbridge and the West End can be reached on foot in around 30 minutes. A large shopping centre is conveniently located opposite the hotel, so guests will be able to stock up on food and drink very easily. The Hotel does, however, offer 80 car-parking spaces, and being situated on the west side just 5 miles from the Airport, is perfect for those with hire cars or those who have flown to Edinburgh.
The hotel also offers a good amount of facilities, with 24 hour room service, a late night bar and lounge, 5 meeting rooms and an on-site restaurant serving a range of international cuisines. Set over 8 floors, the hotel is big enough to feel like you have a good level of privacy, but still small enough for staff to offer attentive, personalised service. Ultimately our experience here was positive, and despite the distance from some of the tourist sights we feel that the competitive pricing and spacious, updated style here means we would definitely considering staying at the hotel again.Write a Review
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