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Edinburgh Minto Hotel 3.0

Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Pros

  • Located in Newington, about a 10-minute drive or 25-minute walk south of Old Town and Edinburgh Castle
  • Within a 10-minute walk of scenic Meadows park
  • Housed in a charming, small building with boutique-style interiors
  • Simple, stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and coffeemakers
  • Ample breakfast buffet (for a fee) with hot and cold items
  • Dinner restaurant serves traditional Scottish and contemporary cuisine
  • Bar and lounge that serves lunch and light fare, and has a  big-screen TV that shows sports, and an outdoor terrace
  • TV lounge
  • Free parking on a first-come, first served basis
  • 100 percent non-smoking property (a con for some)

Cons

  • Fee for breakfast buffet
  • Some rooms are small, and have only showers and no tubs
  • Room TVs are small, and some are wall-mounted and difficult to see from the beds
  • Some double beds are two single beds pushed together
  • No minibars, mini-fridges, or in-room safes 
  • Rooms do not have air-conditioning 

Bottom Line

Situated in the largely commercial Newington area on Minto Street, the 22-room Edinburgh Minto Hotel is a small, mid-range, boutique-style property with a dash of boutique style. It has a restaurant and bar, functional rooms with free Wi-Fi, quirky art, and flat-screen TVs, and  a warm, welcoming atmosphere. One of a number of boutique properties on Minto Street, it compares favorably to its competitors on price, and also offers full hotel features such as meeting rooms. A stay here should suit travelers who want to be near Edinburgh's main attractions, without the hustle and bustle of a stay smack in the city center, but be aware that rooms do not have air-conditioning.

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Scene

Small hotel with a bit of color and style, and friendly service    

Edinburgh Minto is mid-range, and not upscale by any means, but it does have a charming boutique flavor that comes through in its thoughtful decor and design. The public areas and rooms feature generally muted colors of beige and brown, with splashes of red and purple, colorful abstract art on the walls, and exotic art pieces placed here and there. The hotel draws a few business travelers because of its meeting rooms, but its clientele is mostly tourists. They gather in the restaurant, bar, TV room, and on the outdoor terrace. A small back lawn and garden area has a patio, trees, shrubs, a fountain, and tables and chairs. Service is friendly and attentive, and the staff is always eager to offer tour assistance and sightseeing advice, and to comply with small requests.

Location

In Newington on Minto Street, a 10-minute drive from Edinburgh Castle and Old Town    

Edinburgh Minto Hotel is on Minto Street in Newington, a largely commercial area with restaurants, businesses, and student housing and nightlife for those studying at nearby Edinburgh University. Minto Street leads directly into Edinburgh's Old Town. It's about a 20- to 25-minute walk north to the main sights like the Grassmarket, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street, and Waverley Station. By car the sights can be reached in five to 10 minutes, depending on traffic. A bus stops a half-block south of the hotel, with service to the Old Town area. The green expanse of the Meadows park is about a 10-minute walk north. The Palace of Holyroodhouse is a 10-minute drive north. Edinburgh Airport is a 25-minute drive west of the hotel.    

Rooms

Simple, stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs    

The Minto has 22 non-smoking rooms and suites on two floors, serviced by an elevator. The individually decorated rooms have a minimalist and spare feel, but with dashes of boutique style. The color palette is beige, brown, and white, with a piece or two of colorful abstract art on the walls, which livens things up. Some of the rooms have views of Arthur's Seat mountain peak. Beds are comfy, with thick duvets and cotton-rich sheets. Some double beds are two single beds pushed together, which is common in Europe, and allows the beds to be made up as two separate beds if that's what guests want. Rooms are clean, and have no unpleasant smells or noise. All rooms come with desks, hairdryers, irons and boards, coffee/tea makers, free Wi-Fi, and 22-inch flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. The TVs are small, and many are wall-mounted and far from the beds, so it's sometimes difficult to see the screen. Rooms do not have minibars, mini-fridges, or in-room safes, but the reception desk has safe-deposit boxes for valuables. Some suites have sofas. Rooms do not have air-conditioning; room windows open, and the hotel will provide fans. Some of the twin rooms are small. Bathrooms are mostly small but clean and functional, with good-quality bath products. Some rooms have only showers, no tubs.

Features

TV lounge, restaurant, and bar with outdoor terrace

As a small 22-room hotel, the Minto has no fitness or spa facilities, nor does it have a business center or public computer for guests' use. The Minto serves an ample breakfast (for a fee) with continental items like cereal, fruit, and baked goods, plus hot Scottish fare like eggs, bacon, black sausage, and hash browns. The dinner restaurant serves good, traditional Scottish fare and contemporary cuisine. Lunch is available in the bar and lounge, featuring a wide array of liquors, cocktails, beer and wine, plus a big-screen TV for live sports, and outdoor terrace seating in warm weather. The hotel has meeting and function space, which is somewhat unusual in a hotel of this size, and can host conferences and weddings. The hotel also has a TV lounge, a 24-hour front desk, and offers baggage assistance. Free parking is available on a first come, first served basis. There is additional free parking on the streets surrounding the hotel.

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Address

16-18 Minto Street, Edinburgh EH9 1RQ, United Kingdom

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