“ Serviced apartments in Edinburgh, Scotland. „
I was recently in Edinburgh for the night with two friends meeting up with a couple of other friends who live in the city. As there were three of us we decided to look for a triple room but these seem to be few and far between in Edinburgh and the ones we could find were extremely expensive and we may as well have just booked separate rooms. In the end we decided to forego a hotel and book an apartment after having a look on booking.com. We decided to book ourselves into Richmond Place apartments as it was only coming up as £79 for a superior studio apartment that could sleep four people. As this was a Saturday night in Edinburgh this seemed a real bargain.
***** Location *****
Richmond Place apartments are part of Edinburgh first's property portfolio and are a selection of self-catering one bed and studio apartments located in the old town part of the city.
We arrived in Edinburgh by train and decided to walk to the apartments instead of getting a taxi because we are a bit miserable and didn't want to spend the money on taxis. Finding the apartments was easy and although they were a little further from Princess street than I imagined they are still really central especially if you are going to be spending a lot of time in the old town and around the Royal Mile.
If you are coming from Princess Street or the train station you just need to cross North Bridge and continue in a straight line for about 10 to 15 minutes and you will find Richmond Place on the left. The location is excellent for exploring the city and is quiet enough to feel as though it is out of the hustle and bustle but it is literally a 5 minute walk to all the action of the city.
***** The apartments *****
Richmond Place apartments are located in a large building with several floors. The apartments for tourists are actually only on the 3rd floor of the building whilst the rest of the building is taken up as a halls of resident for university students.
Now this really worried me when I found out but to be completely honest if I hadn't read that the rest of the building was student accommodation there is absolutely no way that I would have known it. The only students we seen were Japanese and they were all without exception polite and quiet and I think we probably made more noise than they did. Besides the only time we ever saw any of them was when we went outside for a cigarette and they were entering the communal areas of the building.
When we arrived the receptionist informed us that there was a problem with the sofa bed in the apartment they had allocated us but as there were three of us they were going to give us two apartments. I thought this was really good of them to be honest especially as we were only paying for the one.
They didn't take a deposit from us either which was a surprise but good as it meant I didn't have to worry about there being a hold on the money in my bank account.
As I mentioned the apartments are all located on the third floor and you needed your key to be able to enter the floor.
We decided to just drop our things off at the first apartment we came to and when we entered we were pleasantly surprised by just how nice the apartments were. It was a spacious one bedroomed apartment and was a lot bigger than I had thought it was going to be. As well as a separate bathroom and bedroom the apartment had a good sized living room with well equipped kitchen, dining table and four chairs and a leather sofa.
The décor was neutral and modern throughout with wooden floors and everything was spotlessly clean and in excellent condition.
We went to have a look at the other apartment and this was a lot smaller but I actually loved it and would have been happy with it had I been staying on my own or with my partner. It was a studio apartment but had a mezzanine level containing the bed and although small it has been really well designed and managed to fit everything in including a dining table, couch, desk and loads of storage space.
I was especially surprised with just how well equipped the apartments were. There was the usual cutlery, plates and cups as expected but extras which I wouldn't have expected included tea pots, salt and pepper, sharp knives and scissors, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers and even some kitchen scales.
We didn't actually use the kitchen but it had a fridge, oven and hob and it would have been extremely easy to have cooked a meal there.
The bathrooms both only had showers but these were up to the high standards of the rest of the apartments and had excellent water pressure and plenty of hot water. There were also some Arran aromatics toiletries which I thought was a nice touch.
One thing that I really liked was that the controls for the heating were all in the apartments so we could control just how hot or cold we wanted the temperature which was important as the only thing that annoyed me about the apartments was that the windows were all designed so that we could only open them slightly just like a hotel.
Facilities are limited at Richmond Place apartments but if you are choosing to stay in a self-catering apartment you aren't going to be expecting a lot of facilities. There is internet available but this is charged and you need to buy a pre-payment card from reception. There isn't any sort of dining facilities but as you have a kitchen and plenty of shops and supermarkets in the immediate vicinity this shouldn't be a problem.
If you are going to be arriving by car then look first where you are going to park as there is no parking facilities. There did seem to be a lot of parking spaces in the surrounding area and I did see a couple of secure parking garages in the area.
***** Recommendation *****
I would really recommend Richmond Place apartments. They more than lived up to my expectations and actually surpassed them. Not only were the apartments in a great location but were of a really good standard throughout. The fact the rest of the building is taken up by student accommodation shouldn't be a concern for people as we stayed on a Saturday night and never seen any hint of parties or students hanging around outside and if not for the fact I had read somewhere about it I really would have had no idea.
The apartments all seemed to be sound proofed and we heard no noise from either the neighbouring apartments or from the rest of the building.
Security was also top notch and our keys had an electronic fob on them which we needed to scan to enter the main building and again to enter the inner hallway, the lift and then our floor.
We had a great night in Edinburgh and I am already planning my next visit to the city and fully intend on staying in Richmond Place apartments again when I am there.