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

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 Excellent 8.9 Very friendly guest service staff Excellent location Good food in restaurant Unique selection of themed rooms
3 stars BEST WESTERN Kings Manor Very good 8.5 Right in the center of the action. Close to the shore.
4 stars Carlton Hotel - The Hotel Collection Good 7.7 Location in the city center and walking distance to train station. Room was large with comfortable bed and modern bathroom.
3 stars Edinburgh Capital Hotel Very good 8.2 The facilities were like that of a 5 star hotel, the rooms were comfortable and roomy and the staff were extremely helpful. Would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Edinburgh. Incredibly reasonable rates. A big thumbs up from us..
4 stars Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Excellent 8.7 We had recently disembarked from a Baltic Cruise, when we travelled to Edinburgh, to stay at this hotel. We found it comfortable and friendly from the moment we stepped inside. We would definitely return in the future. It is within walking distance to the Castle.
5 stars The Balmoral Hotel Wonderful 9.1 Went to Edinburgh 2 weeks before Christmas stayed in balmoral hotel staff were great, food was excellent, location was excellent close to everything shops Christmas markets, Edinburgh castle 10 minutes walk.
Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First - Campus Accommodation Very good 8.2 Staff was incredibly helpful to San Francisco visitors - we had many questions during our stay and they answered all of them clearly and thoroughly. Room was larger, newer and nicer than we had imagined Breakfast was full European as well as offering typical American selections. Fun, easy going crowd at the campus pub .
4 stars Tigerlily Wonderful 9.1 Staff were very friendly and welcoming. Hotel surroundings and decor was fantastic
5 stars Prestonfield House Wonderful 9.4 Friendly and very helpful staff. Room was great and well kept.
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 The hotel location is very good for nearby restaurants although the hotel restaurant is very good. We have stayed many times and always found it to be an excellent hotel
5 stars The Scotsman Hotel Excellent 8.7 A quirky Gormenghast building enhances the effect of the spacious room's attributable tweed furnishings. With a lift down to Waverly station level for train travellers like us and Mr. Ivor Anderson's sterling assistance to the train. Superior guest lounges and wonderful restaurant. Right in the Royal Mile!
4 stars Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh Excellent 8.6 Stylish décor, nice central location. Secure parking a short walk away. Would stay again.
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.
4 stars Village Urban Resort Edinburgh Excellent 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.

    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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    • 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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