The Thistle is in one of the many historic Edinburgh houses which have had to reinvent themselves as hotels, guest houses, office suites or simply been divided into apartments. It is in a neighbourhood of large stone terraces west of the original Georgian New Town, and you can reach either Princes Street or the (National) Modern Art Gallery on foot in about fifteen minutes. It is in what is obviously a usually quiet street, but the disruption of Edinburgh's traffic thanks to seemingly endless roadworks and closures has made it busier during the day. That didn't disturb our sleep. The real positives of the hotel, the selling points, are the good location and the staff, who could not be more friendly and helpful. The en-suite bedrooms are large. As a couple we got a triple room, and our friend on his own a double! An unexpected plus was that ours had a very spacious wardrobe which would have been useful on a longer stay. If there is a negative to mention, it is that the building is pretty tall and has no lift. We and our friend were on the second and first floors, so we had no problem, but I'd leave anything higher up to the young and fit. A more trivial point is that the sash windows in both rooms could do with fixing - we got ours to open, and stay open, by cunning ways and means, so as to have fresh air, but this must be fixable in a city with thousands of similar historic windows. Call 'Sashes R Us'? We had opted for the full Scottish breakfast, which was good, although by the second day two of us went for something less ambitious. (Too much good food in Edinburgh!). The breakfast room was pleasant, and there was a bar/lounge downstairs which in fact we never got to use - too busy round town. All in all, an enjoyable stay at the Thistle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Edinburgh Thistle Hotel is located in the prestigious, quiet and residential west end area of Edinburgh New Town.The hotel is central and near to Edinburgh Castle, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and of course the renowned Princes Street with its vast array of stylish shops and stores. Established in 1924, the hotel has retained most of its original period features, having once been a Georgian Town House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thistle Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Thistle Hotel Scotland