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What is it in Edinburgh that makes history come alive?

Canada Peter, Canada

27 days ago

Like anywhere in the UK, history is in your face - which is one reason I love going there. Edinburgh is no exception. What with the Castle in the middle of town and the Palace of Holyrood on the east end, along with all of the other history steeped into every square inch of this elegant city, I recommend it to all. I first visited it as a mouthy 16 year old back in 1967 ... and yet I had enough maturity (buried somewhere deep inside me!) to fall in love with it even back then ... finally got to come back in 2007 and then again last week. An elegant city ... and don't confuse it as being just "more of England" ... it is TOTALLY different from England!
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4 stars Le Monde Hotel Fabulous 8.9 The hotel has it's own original spirit, I enjoyed my stay there indeed.
3 stars BEST WESTERN Kings Manor Very good 8.5 very good connection to City Center and down town by local bus no 44, 26 , every 10 minutes. Close to Seaside and beach.
4 stars Carlton Hotel - The Hotel Collection Good 7.7 Hotel very nice and very close to the station
3 stars Edinburgh Capital Hotel Very good 8.2 friendly, helpful staff (were quick to find and contact me when I left behind a personal item - even offered to mail it back to me) free wi-fi close to the royal mile in the city
4 stars Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Fabulous 8.7 Great, friendly staff and good spacious rooms. The swimming pool and leisure facilities were very nice as well.
5 stars The Balmoral Hotel Superb 9.1 The staff were lovely and very polite. Always there to offer a hand when you asked. Ordering breakfast to the room for the following day they were on time if not a moment early! I was very impressed with the overall stay within the hotel.
Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First - Campus Accommodation Very good 8.2 Access to central venues is good and the view of the Craigs is stunning. The room was comfortable and for breakfast there was a great variety.
4 stars Tigerlily Superb 9.2 Staff were excellent, perfect location, it's a true saying you pay for what you get.
5 stars Prestonfield House Superb 9.4 Everything, the staff were great, the meals sublime, the rooms were a treat to be in, just great!
3 stars Britannia Edinburgh Hotel Pleasant 6 Very clean hotel friendly staff would definitely stay again
4 stars Malmaison Edinburgh Very good 8 The Auther Suite was very good and worth the up grade
5 stars The Scotsman Hotel Fabulous 8.7 A wonderful hotel in a prime location. We spent 3 days in Edinburgh and loved being able to get to all the sights with great ease (mostly on foot). It's located on the border between old town and new town. Easy to get to from the airport (30 mins)
4 stars Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh Fabulous 8.6 the rooms are well appointed and lack for nothing. The food was really good and although there are a multitude of restaurants nearby we chose to eat in the resturant.
3 stars Tune Hotel - Haymarket, Edinburgh Good 7.9
4 stars Village Urban Resort Edinburgh Fabulous 8.9 Staff were very helpful with all our inquiries. Rooms very comfortable.

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    A Feast for the Senses

    A city of heritage, heart and of course Hogmanay, Scotland’s capital is vibrant and edgy. Whether or not you come for one of its many festivals, Edinburgh is quite simply a feast for the senses.

    The wealth of Edinburgh sights ranges from Holyrood Palace to the Botanical Gardens, Princes Street to the Royal Mile. Overseeing them all is majestic Edinburgh Castle. Be there at sunset on a clear day to see the city below bathed in a warm, orange glow. Simply stunning.

    Wandering the streets, the smell of fish and chips wafts by, with the unique twist of salt ‘n’ sauce – a must-try variation on this favourite dish. Follow it up with a smooth whisky and you’ll start to feel like a local.

    For a taste of Scottish culture, a kilt-wearing busker often plays the bagpipes on Waverley Bridge, while traditional folk music can be heard in some Old Town pubs. Complete your stay with a rugby match at Murrayfield or a round at one of the city’s 14 golf clubs, and you’ll have the true Edinburgh experience.

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    • Modern hotel with rooms in perfect (new) state. Few minute walks to tram station, bus station and large shopping centre, including supermarket with extended opening times. Within 20 minutes tram/bus connection to both the airport and city centre (only 3,50 GBP for a day ticket). This includes a nightbus connection. Staff was friendly. Room was quite spacious for the price and I was lovely quiet in the room.

    • The contemporary feel to the hotel. We had a disabled room, excellent. Great public transport links (within walking distance) to Edinburgh City Centre and Edinburgh airport. The Gyle shopping centre with shops and places to eat also within walking distance. We will certainly use this hotel again.

    • Choosing to stay in Novotel, which is just outside the Edinburgh city centre, instead of hotels in the centre of the city was the best decision I made. There are tram and train stations within two minutes of the hotel into the city, and also to the airport. The view from the hotel is picturesque and the environment around very relaxing. The facilities in the room were second to none and I would definitely be staying in Novotel when next I visit the city of Edinburgh.

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