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AmarAgua Guest House 2.5

Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Pros

  • Quaint, traditionally styled bed-and-breakfast with super-friendly hosts
  • Excellent cooked-to-order breakfast included in rate
  • Set on quiet, residential street close to bus stop allowing easy access to city center
  • All rooms have free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee facilities
  • Most rooms have four-poster beds

Cons

  • Not within walking distance of city center
  • Breakfast service finishes early

Bottom Line

The AmarAgua is a traditionally styled bed-and-breakfast housed in a quaint terrace townhouse built towards the end of the 19th century. The five guest rooms are clean and homey, and most have four-poster beds. As well as particularly friendly hospitality from the owners, breakfast is a real highlight with a range of options from haggis to waffles -- though guests might need to set an alarm not to miss it. Location of this budget property is pleasant and quiet, though a 15-minute bus journey from the city center. If setting isn't an issue, then rates are very reasonable and there's very little to find fault with at this particularly welcoming Edinburgh guesthouse.  

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Traditional bed-and-breafkast with friendly hosts occupying Victorian terrace townhouse

The AmarAgua is housed in a quaint terrace townhouse that dates back to the late 19th century. Built in typical Edinburgh sandstone with gray-slate tile roof, the charming property has a small, tidy front garden with lanterns, leafy shrubbery, and a handsome stone bench. Inside, the decor is very much suburban bed-and-breakfast, with a homey ambience combining with old-fashioned Victorian touches, gilt-framed mirrors, and numerous Asian vases and artifacts. Owners Dawn-Ann and Tony bought the property in 2001, and place an emphasis on genuinely friendly and warm hospitality to their guests, providing a very attentive yet unobtrusive presence -- guests can expect friendly banter and storytelling from Tony at breakfast time. The result is a clean, quiet, and unpretentious guesthouse that attracts travelers from around the world looking for simple accommodation with a personal touch. 

Location

Set on quiet residential street a mile from Edinburgh's center

The guesthouse is located in a quiet and residential side-street just off the main road running though Edinburgh's Newington area. Although not ideally located for exploring the city's tourist attractions on foot, local buses connect to the Scottish capital's historical center -- including the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, and Waverly Station -- in around 15 to 20 minutes. Holyrood Park and the superb city views from Arthur's Seat are about 20 to 30 minutes on foot -- though the treks are mostly uphill.

Rooms

Most rooms have four-poster beds and original period features

The bed-and-breakfast has five rooms, three with king-size four-poster beds, one with a double bed, and one Triple (consisting of a double and a single room with separate, shared shower). Rooms are individually styled though largely classically decorated with Asian-inspired or plaid- or floral-patterned fabrics, framed etchings, and carpeted floors. Chandelier-style lighting, tasseled lampshades, wood furnishings, and original period features like pitched ceilings and (unusable) fireplaces add to the interiors' traditional feel. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee facilities, and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, while clean, traditional bathrooms have step-in showers and sea kelp extract toiletries. 

Features

Excellent buffet and cooked-to-order breakfast -- though service finishes early

As to be expected from a bed-and-breakfast, there's little in the way of facilities. However, an excellent breakfast (included in the rate) is served each morning, consisting of buffet and cooked-to-order options, from a full Scottish breakfast with haggis to waffles with maple syrup and berries. Breakfast service finishes relatively early at 9 a.m., however, making a lie-in tricky, though guests with super-early departures can arrange a take-away continental breakfast. Although there's no on-site parking, there are usually plenty of spaces on the street and in its surrounding neighborhood. The warm hosts, both lovely conversationalists and generous with local travel and restaurant tips, are other pluses at this property. 

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10 Kilmaurs Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland EH16 5DR, United Kingdom

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