by Lissa Poirot
Located in Edinburgh’s New Town, the Holiday Inn Express doesn’t look like your traditional Holiday Inn. Blending right into the historic background of the Scottish city, the hotel is within walking distance of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. Directly across the street is the Playhouse Theatre, where guests can catch a live performance. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and a buffet breakfast, and kids stay and eat free. Guest rooms are equipped with 32-inch flat-screen televisions, and families will like Family Rooms offering a double bed and sofa bed to provide sitting space when not sleeping. Double doubles and double twins are also available, with connecting rooms to kings to provide suite configurations.
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- Kids stay and eat free
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free breakfast
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
Ideally situated near to pubs and clubs- two guys shared a twin room which was ideal for purpose. Clean, tidy and functional with a powerful shower, good size TV and warm radiators.
Breakfast could be taken over two levels- ground floor cerials, juices an cakes and on floor one (may have been two) where the cooked buffett was arranged to help yourself.
Staff were warm in manner, friendly, helpful and polite in manner- a credit to them.
Room was cleaned to a good standard and there was a bar available for a drink before we went out on an evening.
Would certainly retirn next time in the City.
Iron and board in the room!
For a quick weekend away in Edinburgh, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel is nicely situation very centrally, and direct public transport from the airport with the tram stopping at York Place, which is a 2 minute walk away.
We were located in the new extension wing, the rooms were modern and clean, with plenty of space, bathroom was a good size, with USB charging direct in the room. The major negative I would have, would be the severe lack of and cupboards and with that no safe in the room to store valuables. As it was just a weekend, we were able to work out of the suitcase.
The breakfast is free and seemingly included in the room rate .. this is where potentially the issue comes, the breakfast during the standard peak hours was full, with a lack of staff serving and cleaning up, the one person on at the start of our breakfast was seemingly doing every thing.. but as the break area cleaned more people appeared to serve. It should have been more the other way around. The breakfast itself is nice, a bit of a lack of selection but what was there seemingly a good quality.
If doing a quick stop through Edinburgh would highly recommend this hotel, although potentially look at the plenty of alternative options around the hotel for breakfast, but would not recommend for the longer stays due to the lack of cupboard space, and breakfast chaos.