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“Good value, helpful staff.”
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Portsburgh Court
Reviewed 18 August 2017

I stayed here for the tattoo, when rooms in Edinburgh are at a premium, but I had a very nice double studio with a view of the castle, with bathroom and kitchen for a very reasonable cost. This is student accommodation in term time, and I was slightly concerned at what it might be like. The room was spotless, well equipped with cooker, microwave, iron etc., and the young staff were friendly and helpful.I liked the key card access to the front door and room, it made it very secure.
It was very handy for walking back from the tattoo late at night, 15 minutes, all down hill, and the main route for the crowd, so I wasn't walking alone.
There is a Sainsburys one stop on the corner, and Grassmarket, with a fair selection of pub type restaurants is a 5 minute walk.
The only complaint I had, (minor) was the bed was a bit lumpy.
A bit of tourist info by reception would have been appreciated , with local bus service routes, as despite Edinburgh being a tourist city, I found information hard to come by.
I don't have an i-phone, but it really is essential here!

From Waverley station take a 5 minute walk down Princes St.turn left, and from outside the National Gallery on The Mound side, Lothian bus 23 and 27 will take you to Chalmers Hospital at the top of Lady Lawson St. It runs via The mound, Castle hill, George IV Bridge and Greyfriars, So no need for an expensive tour bus ticket.

Room Tip: 610, despite being near the lift, was very quiet and had a castle view.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

We spend there just 1 night, but it was good option. It is in walking distance from railway station (in case if you haven't got much luggage). Down the street is a supermarket. Facilities are in good condition. Staff members are friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

I rented 3 rooms with a shared kitchen/diner during last years Fringe. The rooms were quite basic but were cleaned regularly and any problems we had (e.g. the door closer broke) were sorted within a couple of hours. The reception staff and room staff were helpful and friendly. The only problem was that the launderette card was often elsewhere and so it was difficult to arrange washing but even with this the staff went out of the way to be helpful. I have no hesitation in recommending this for accommodation during the Fringe and would have booked again this year but the room arrangements have changed and are in blocks of 5 so I have chosen the Chalmers Street accommodation which I trust will be equally good.

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

This is modern student accommodation that they let during the vacation. It's quite a big set up. The rooms are small; the bed is intimate for two, and you get a little bathroom with a shower and loo and a kitchenette. It's clean, everything works, and you get new sheets and towels once during the week. £600 seems an awful lot for a week . But prices do go sky high during the Fringe, and it's probably competitive. It's about 400 yards from two key venues (the Traverse and Sweet Grass market) and 90 per cent are within half an hour's walk. And you can save a lot of money by self catering.
We found the receptionist particularly friendly and helpful.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

A group of 17 middle aged women on a hen weekend had a fabulous time at portsburgh court. The staff are extremely helpful and we really want to thank them for that. The location is just a few minutes from the Grass market and was ideal. We stayed in 2x 5 bedroom flats with some of us sharing the double bedded rooms. The beds are small doubles so if you don't know the person you are sharing with very well or you are expecting hot weather I would recommend you have a room to yourself.
These rooms are basic, after all they are usually student accomodation. So if you like luxury they may not be your cup of tea. Previous reviews have said the beds are uncomfortable. This was not our experience. There is a great common room down in the basement which was ideal for late night drinks and card games without a group of cackling women having to worry about disturbing other people. In conclusion if you are looking for a visit low budget easy access to the town place to stay in Edinburgh with staff who will do everything they can to help you then this is the place. Thank you!!

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Portsburgh Court

Address: 56 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DH, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
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Ranked #99 of 218 Speciality Lodging in Edinburgh
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Portsburgh Court 2.5*
Number of rooms: 229
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