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Holiday Inn Express Hotel (Edinburgh)
Member Name: mejulie999
Holiday Inn Express Hotel (Edinburgh)
Advantages: Good Position, well appointed and friendly
Disadvantages: None i can think of
We visited Edinburgh this week in 70mph gales, wearing waterproofs and determined not to let the delights of being blown across the road dampen our spirits.
The Holiday Inn in Picardy Place, Edinburgh was a delightful hotel to stay in and kept us smiling. It is situated on a busy main road in the Leith area of the city centre, just a 5 minute walk to Princes St. Considering it's position, it is nice and quiet in the hotel. It is directly opposite the Omni Centre, which houses a wide range of restaurants and a Cinema and also the Playhouse Theatre is opposite.
The reception area is bright and welcoming and when checking in, we were dealt with promptly and it was pretty painless. To the left of the reception area, there are a couple of computers for those who wish to go online. This is a paid for service. However, there is free wi-fi connection in the room. To the right of the reception is a very comfortable bar area, which not only serves alcohol, but coffee, tea and snacks such as paninis, with a variety of fillings. They are reasonably priced for a hotel within a capital city.
We booked our room over the telephone, after seeing their website online and as we avoided the weekend, as prices tend to be more expensive in most hotels of a weekend, we paid just £125 for a double room, with a sofa bed, for a two night stay. This included a complimentary breakfast. Not a bad deal considering the room rate was £133 per night, which was clearly displayed at the entrance.
Parking is very limited in the hotel with only around 9 spaces available. We were lucky, as we checked in fairly early and managed to get a space. However, the hotel does charge £10 per night for a space, and if none are available, there is a car park near the Omni centre, opposite the hotel.
I was very pleasantly surprised at the plush room in which we stayed. It was larger than average and the bed even had a choice of soft or firm pillows, clearly marked with a ribbon around them. This was a nice touch, and my partner and i each had one soft and one firm pillow. The bed was extremely comfortable and soft, with fresh, crisp white linen. Above the bed, there were two reading lights and a light that ran across the top of the substantial head board.
The lights are operated by a key card, which is the card used to enter your room. Once in the room, it is inserted into a box near the door, and this then operates the lighting. It was a very clever idea, as once removed it turns off all the lights, saving on energy.
The bathroom was the cleanest i think i have seen, and consisted of a lovely power shower, complete with body wash, nice deep basin, surrounded by granite and complimenary body wash, mounted on the wall. The good sized towels were fluffy and new and a box of tissues were also provided.
You will not find a wardrobe or bedside cabinets, but there is ample hanging space within a fixed unit, which houses a fan, hairdryer and empty open shelves to place your bits and bobs on. The television was HD and even a pen and paper were provided by the bed. A desk is also provided, where the television is housed, for business people visiting the hotel.
Breakfast is on the first floor and is served between 6am to 9am. It is self service and has a good selection of cereals, juices, fresh fruit, yoghurts, croissants and pan au chocolates, toast, egg and bacon, or egg and sausage, bacon one day, sausage the next. There is plenty of coffee and tea to be had and you can help yourself. It can get busy as a lot of business people stay at the Holiday Inn.
I slept well, and actually enjoyed being in the room. A wonderful hotel for a few nights break away and in a great position, handy for all the main attractions that Edinburgh has to offer. I will stay again.
Summary: Lovely, clean and well appointed hotel.
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