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What is it in Edinburgh that makes history come to life?

Canada Peter, Canada

26 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 Excellent 8.9 The room was very comfortable and decorated to a high standard. The staff were incredibly helpful.
3 stars BEST WESTERN Kings Manor Very good 8.5 everyone was so helpful,and nothing was a bother to them
4 stars Carlton Hotel - The Hotel Collection Good 7.7 est located, awesome service and awesome breakfast. haggies were delicious
3 stars Edinburgh Capital Hotel Very good 8.2 Food was great, liked the view from our room, comfortable bed
4 stars Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Excellent 8.7 Friendly and helpful staff would definatley reccomend it
5 stars The Balmoral Hotel Wonderful 9.1 Food in the hotel restaurants, location, room.
Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First - Campus Accommodation Very good 8.2 The staff are just brilliant! Very helpful.
4 stars Tigerlily Wonderful 9.2 I enjoyed all aspects of the hotel from the comfortable room, to the helpful and friendly staff, to the excellent location. I especially appreciated the comfortable bed and the duvet with a fresh new cover. Also, I felt I got excellent value for my money, which leaves me with a very good feeling about the whole experience. Oh, also my internet request to be on a high floor was honored, which I wasn't expecting. Just great.
5 stars Prestonfield House Wonderful 9.4 This hotel is a touch of green sanity amongst an old city. It is surrounded by lawns, gardens and a golf course, with squirrels to be seen scampering around harvesting. The staff are prolific and extremely helpful and the breakfast sumptuous with great choices and freshly squeezed orange juice,pastries and summer berries I would thoroughly recommend this hotel for its luxury and convenience to the city centre.
3 stars Britannia Edinburgh Hotel Pleasant 6 We liked the location, proximity to attractions and onsite carparking. The room and ensuite bathroom were well appointed and the bed comfortable. We enjoyed a meal in the restaurant.
4 stars Malmaison Edinburgh Very good 8 Everything! Especially the service.
5 stars The Scotsman Hotel Excellent 8.7 The detail of service from all staff was excellent.
4 stars Apex International Hotel Very good 8.5 The friendliness of the staff, place of the hotel (near all interesting places) especially Grassmarket I like with its lively athmosphere
4 stars Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh Excellent 8.6 Comfortable country house feel.
3 stars Tune Hotel - Haymarket, Edinburgh Good 7.9 Cleanliness of bathroom and room. Huge bed, firm mattress, doublesize duvet. Breathtaking view of St Mary's Cathedral. The reception desk staff, especially lovely Anne-Sophie.

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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.

    Whether you are looking for hotels near Edinburgh Airport or accommodations in the city center, has a great range to choose from.

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    • Location is good with free parking and easy access to Edinburgh via train (Station 100yds from hotel) Trains run very frequently into Edinburgh Waverley (City Centre Princes Street) Staff helpful and pleasant.

    • This hotel is situated in the heart of Edinburgh. The staff really look after you 5 star style. Both public and bedrooms are beautifully furnished and clean. A boutique hotel of the highest quality

    • I booked for the Edinburgh Hogmanay festivities and it was not easy to find a hotel with parking facilities at a reasonable distance from the City centre, so I was pleased with the location, which was also pleasantly close to the river, albeit a bit of a walk to Princes Street. Beverage prices were reasonable for a hotel and the meal prices good value.

    • Location is ideal, city centre on Princes Street and within minutes' walk of the station and the Airport bus. Staff are universally excellent, always efficient, friendly and keen to please. Rooms are comfortable, quiet, and ideal for me. Breakfast is adequate, good quality and good value for money. My favourite hotels in Edinburgh.

    • Excellent boutique hotel close to Edinburgh city centre with friendly attentive staff, good food, clean and comfortable bedrooms

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